Johnny Edwards

Reporter

Johnny Edwards is a member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s investigative team, focusing on the private sector and state and federal regulation. He previously worked in Lynchburg, Va., and Augusta, Ga., and covered the invasion of Iraq as an embedded reporter.  At the AJC, Edwards’ investigation exposed how several elected officials used their discretionary budgets for personal benefit, triggering an FBI investigation that resulted in criminal charges against a county commissioner and three other people.  He recently served on the team behind the AJC’s Doctors & Sex Abuse project, a Pulitzer finalist, and produced a related podcast series.

Latest from Johnny Edwards

Personal Journeys: Just us
 Other people found it extraordinary. For us, it was just the way life was. Just me and her, for more than a decade. In the early years, I’d get compliments for it. We’d be in a checkout line, and Grace — still a little kid with missing baby teeth — would be running around the store, begging me to buy her some piece...

Posted: a day ago

Other people found it extraordinary. For us, it was just the way life was. Just me and her, for more than a decade. In the early years, I’d get compliments for it. We’d be in a checkout line, and Grace — still a little kid with missing baby teeth — would be running around the store, begging me to buy her some piece...
Reality Winner billboard prompts stern warning from her judge
 Tens of thousands of potential jurors are driving past a billboard in Augusta every day that portrays Reality Winner as an imprisoned hero and the federal government as her oppressor. The judge who will preside over her case is apparently none too happy. A day after the billboard went up, Chief U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall admonished...

Posted: 7 days ago

Tens of thousands of potential jurors are driving past a billboard in Augusta every day that portrays Reality Winner as an imprisoned hero and the federal government as her oppressor. The judge who will preside over her case is apparently none too happy. A day after the billboard went up, Chief U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall admonished...
Marietta firm accused of channel stuffing walks back its financials
 A major shakeup at MiMedx has given further credence to ex-employees’ claims that the Marietta-based biopharma company inflated revenues by overshipping its product to VA hospitals. Amid an internal investigation into “matters relating to certain sales and distribution practices and other matters,” the publicly-traded...

Posted: 11 days ago

A major shakeup at MiMedx has given further credence to ex-employees’ claims that the Marietta-based biopharma company inflated revenues by overshipping its product to VA hospitals. Amid an internal investigation into “matters relating to certain sales and distribution practices and other matters,” the publicly-traded...
Amid opioid crisis, drug-abusing nurses get secret sanctions
 The nurse was seen on duty at the hospital with red, dilated eyes, her speech slurred, her behavior drowsy. Trusted to care for people at their most vulnerable and fragile, instead she had taken opioids intended for patients and injected herself. Without a doctor’s OK, another nurse ordered Demerol and Benadryl for an emergency room...

Posted: 17 days ago

The nurse was seen on duty at the hospital with red, dilated eyes, her speech slurred, her behavior drowsy. Trusted to care for people at their most vulnerable and fragile, instead she had taken opioids intended for patients and injected herself. Without a doctor’s OK, another nurse ordered Demerol and Benadryl for an emergency room...
VA workers accused of taking gifts to push Marietta firm’s products
 A biopharma company run by one of Georgia’s most successful and politically-connected businessmen showered gifts on three Department of Veterans Affairs workers, leading them to commit health care fraud by stocking the company’s products, a federal indictment alleges. While no one working for Parker “Pete” Petit&rsquo...

9:52 PM Friday, May. 11, 2018

A biopharma company run by one of Georgia’s most successful and politically-connected businessmen showered gifts on three Department of Veterans Affairs workers, leading them to commit health care fraud by stocking the company’s products, a federal indictment alleges. While no one working for Parker “Pete” Petit&rsquo...
Massage therapy customers left at risk of sexual abuse
 More than two dozen complaints about sexual abuse by licensed massage therapists were filed with the Georgia licensing board over the past three years. But only once did the board sanction a therapist for sexual misconduct, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found. The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy took action only in...

9:20 PM Thursday, May. 10, 2018

More than two dozen complaints about sexual abuse by licensed massage therapists were filed with the Georgia licensing board over the past three years. But only once did the board sanction a therapist for sexual misconduct, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found. The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy took action only in...
When massage therapists cross the line, state board rarely acts
 The woman lay frozen on the massage table, exposed, vulnerable, not knowing what to do. Her therapist had grabbed her underwear and moved it to expose her buttocks, then he started massaging her backside so hard that she hurt, according to a complaint she filed with state regulators. She ordered him repeatedly to stop, but he ignored her...

4:00 AM Friday, May. 04, 2018

The woman lay frozen on the massage table, exposed, vulnerable, not knowing what to do. Her therapist had grabbed her underwear and moved it to expose her buttocks, then he started massaging her backside so hard that she hurt, according to a complaint she filed with state regulators. She ordered him repeatedly to stop, but he ignored her...
Former cellmate provides window into Reality Winner’s life behind bars
 Reality Winner, the Augusta woman accused of leaking a top-secret government report about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, said she has been jailed for “nothing,” that President Donald Trump doesn’t like her and that she is being targeted, a former cellmate told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Meanwhile...

9:02 PM Thursday, May. 03, 2018

Reality Winner, the Augusta woman accused of leaking a top-secret government report about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, said she has been jailed for “nothing,” that President Donald Trump doesn’t like her and that she is being targeted, a former cellmate told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Meanwhile...
Family seeks help for teen shot in the face in murder-suicide
 After the gunshots, amid the terror and the searing pain, the 16-year-old girl could think of only one thing: She had to protect the baby. The teenager had just been shot in the face by her uncle, Kelley James McDonald Jr., and while lying on the floor she watched her mother die from bullet wounds, the teen’s father told The Atlanta...

1:21 AM Monday, Apr. 09, 2018

After the gunshots, amid the terror and the searing pain, the 16-year-old girl could think of only one thing: She had to protect the baby. The teenager had just been shot in the face by her uncle, Kelley James McDonald Jr., and while lying on the floor she watched her mother die from bullet wounds, the teen’s father told The Atlanta...
Despite FDA crackdown, stem cell therapy still ‘wild west’
 The treatment seemed like an answer to prayers, courtesy of science. A shot of stem cells, the building blocks of all human tissues, could turn back the clock on Loy Roper’s aching back, sparing him a third spinal surgery. So he used a credit card to pay $9,300 to a Cherokee County pain clinic run mostly by chiropractors and attached...

9:00 AM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

The treatment seemed like an answer to prayers, courtesy of science. A shot of stem cells, the building blocks of all human tissues, could turn back the clock on Loy Roper’s aching back, sparing him a third spinal surgery. So he used a credit card to pay $9,300 to a Cherokee County pain clinic run mostly by chiropractors and attached...
Suspect in leak of Russian cyberattack report faces tough legal battle
 Just thinking about the prosecution here in Georgia of Reality Winner for a National Security Agency leak triggers “major flashbacks” for Thomas Drake. Seven years ago, Drake – a former senior NSA official — walked out of federal court a free man after the government, on the eve of his trial, dropped 10 charges...

7:40 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

Just thinking about the prosecution here in Georgia of Reality Winner for a National Security Agency leak triggers “major flashbacks” for Thomas Drake. Seven years ago, Drake – a former senior NSA official — walked out of federal court a free man after the government, on the eve of his trial, dropped 10 charges...