Brad Schrade

Reporter

Brad Schrade is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on the AJC’s investigative team. He is an Atlanta native and a graduate of the University of Georgia with more than 20 years of experience as a journalist. Brad has written extensively about police misconduct, abuse of aged and vulnerable citizens, and government accountability. A series he did with Channel 2 Action News detailing police shootings across Georgia led to legislative reform of the state’s grand jury system in 2016. Previously, he worked as an investigative reporter and editor for The Tennessean in Nashville. Brad was on a team at the Minneapolis Star Tribune awarded the 2013 Pulitzer in local reporting for a series on safety failures that harmed children in Minnesota’s daycare system. Brad welcomes news tips and comments from readers. He can be reached by phone at 404-526-2875 or by email at brad.schrade@ajc.com. You can follow him on Twitter @bradschrade and on his Facebook page.

Latest from Brad Schrade

Trump’s fired VA secretary failed to fix turmoil at Atlanta enrollment center
 The VA’s national health care enrollment office off Clairmont Road is far from Washington’s corridors of power, but as ousted VA Secretary David Shulkin leaves the turmoil at the office he promised to fix remains unresolved.  President Donald Trump fired the embattled secretary this week, announcing the the decision on Wednesday...

Posted: 25 days ago

The VA’s national health care enrollment office off Clairmont Road is far from Washington’s corridors of power, but as ousted VA Secretary David Shulkin leaves the turmoil at the office he promised to fix remains unresolved.  President Donald Trump fired the embattled secretary this week, announcing the the decision on Wednesday...
Georgia sheriff acknowledges law enforcement’s role in 1947 lynching
 Henry “Peg” Gilbert was beaten and shot to death by the Harris County police chief in 1947 while in custody at the county jail. His lynching -- one of more than 600 reported in Georgia -- occurred when Gilbert, a husband and father of four daughters, had been wrongly accused of helping another black man flee after he had shot...

6:09 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Henry “Peg” Gilbert was beaten and shot to death by the Harris County police chief in 1947 while in custody at the county jail. His lynching -- one of more than 600 reported in Georgia -- occurred when Gilbert, a husband and father of four daughters, had been wrongly accused of helping another black man flee after he had shot...
Secret jail recordings land Georgia Sheriff Jeff Hobby behind bars again
 Georgia Sheriff Jeff Hobby can’t seem to stay out of trouble -- or away from allegations that he’s violating the basic tenets of the U.S. Constitution.  The suspended Worth County lawman was arrested again last week and remained behind bars Monday morning after he was accused of secretly taping conversations between...

6:25 PM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

Georgia Sheriff Jeff Hobby can’t seem to stay out of trouble -- or away from allegations that he’s violating the basic tenets of the U.S. Constitution.  The suspended Worth County lawman was arrested again last week and remained behind bars Monday morning after he was accused of secretly taping conversations between...
Water chief alleged chaos, mismanagement in DeKalb
 DeKalb County’s crippling water main break last week marked the latest large-scale failure of metro Atlanta’s fragile infrastructure, while amplifying a new chapter of turmoil in an agency that’s been at the center of a series of scandals for more than a decade. The break in an underground pipe off Buford Highway ...

5:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018

DeKalb County’s crippling water main break last week marked the latest large-scale failure of metro Atlanta’s fragile infrastructure, while amplifying a new chapter of turmoil in an agency that’s been at the center of a series of scandals for more than a decade. The break in an underground pipe off Buford Highway ...
Woman’s mother ‘never recovered’ from lost babies at Camp Lejeune
 The Lejeune Community Assistance Panel that met in Atlanta on Tuesday consisted of a mix of government officials as well as veterans and family members impacted by the toxic water at the base. One had lost a daughter to childhood leukemia. Another had suffered male breast cancer as an adult. And still another had a heart defect from...

5:43 PM Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

The Lejeune Community Assistance Panel that met in Atlanta on Tuesday consisted of a mix of government officials as well as veterans and family members impacted by the toxic water at the base. One had lost a daughter to childhood leukemia. Another had suffered male breast cancer as an adult. And still another had a heart defect from...
Poisoned Lejeune vets: Restore our constitutional rights
 A leading activist for Camp Lejeune veterans exposed to toxic tap water said Tuesday he will ask Congress to allow families poisoned at the base to sue the federal government for damages. Retired Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, whose daughter died of leukemia after her family lived at the North Carolina base, said in Atlanta that he...

8:52 PM Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

A leading activist for Camp Lejeune veterans exposed to toxic tap water said Tuesday he will ask Congress to allow families poisoned at the base to sue the federal government for damages. Retired Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, whose daughter died of leukemia after her family lived at the North Carolina base, said in Atlanta that he...
Poisoned Marine veterans to ask Congress for court relief
 A leading activist for Camp Lejeune veterans exposed to toxic tap water will ask Congress to clear the way for families poisoned at the base to proceed with claims in court. Retired Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, whose daughter died of leukemia after her family lived at the North Carolina base, said in Atlanta on Tuesday that he is...

4:45 PM Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

A leading activist for Camp Lejeune veterans exposed to toxic tap water will ask Congress to clear the way for families poisoned at the base to proceed with claims in court. Retired Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, whose daughter died of leukemia after her family lived at the North Carolina base, said in Atlanta on Tuesday that he is...
Poisoned Camp Lejeune Marines and families to meet Tuesday in Atlanta
 The organizers of a community forum on poisoning at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune have had to close pre-registration because so many impacted Marines and families want to attend. The North Carolina base’s drinking water contained toxic chemicals from the 1950s to the 1980s. Hundreds of thousands of people — Marines...

4:24 PM Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

The organizers of a community forum on poisoning at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune have had to close pre-registration because so many impacted Marines and families want to attend. The North Carolina base’s drinking water contained toxic chemicals from the 1950s to the 1980s. Hundreds of thousands of people — Marines...
Years later, Marine families bear scars of poisoning at Camp Lejeune
 Life was about to take a sudden, shattering turn as Paula Twitty Bushman stood in her green, dress uniform of the U.S. Marine Corps, ready for another day in traffic court at Camp Lejeune. The young Marine was a paralegal and four months pregnant. Suddenly, she felt discomfort below her waist and saw blood running down her leg and onto her...

5:00 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Life was about to take a sudden, shattering turn as Paula Twitty Bushman stood in her green, dress uniform of the U.S. Marine Corps, ready for another day in traffic court at Camp Lejeune. The young Marine was a paralegal and four months pregnant. Suddenly, she felt discomfort below her waist and saw blood running down her leg and onto her...
Winn-Dixie, once iconic grocery chain, takes another hit
 The supermarket chain that operates Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo stores could close as many as 200 stores as part of a possible bankruptcy plan, according to news first reported by Bloomberg. Reuters reported that sources familiar with the potential bankruptcy filing said the company would close at least 100 stores. Winn-Dixie operates close...

8:29 PM Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

The supermarket chain that operates Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo stores could close as many as 200 stores as part of a possible bankruptcy plan, according to news first reported by Bloomberg. Reuters reported that sources familiar with the potential bankruptcy filing said the company would close at least 100 stores. Winn-Dixie operates close...
Hundreds of Georgia cops suspended over training shortfalls
 Policing the police in Georgia is a busy job this time of year. Nearly 500 law enforcement officers across the state are receiving emergency suspension letters this week from the agency that certifies law enforcement officers. When they hit mailboxes, the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training  (P.O.S.T.) council expects to hear...

2:04 PM Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018

Policing the police in Georgia is a busy job this time of year. Nearly 500 law enforcement officers across the state are receiving emergency suspension letters this week from the agency that certifies law enforcement officers. When they hit mailboxes, the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training  (P.O.S.T.) council expects to hear...