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

UGA unveils memorial to honor slaves’ legacy on campus
 The University of Georgia on Friday made its most overt acknowledgement to date of its historic links to slavery when officials unveiled a granite memorial to honor individuals whose remains were unearthed in 2015 at a former slave burial site on campus. The ceremony to dedicate the memorial on the front lawn of Baldwin Hall came after...

Posted: 26 days ago

The University of Georgia on Friday made its most overt acknowledgement to date of its historic links to slavery when officials unveiled a granite memorial to honor individuals whose remains were unearthed in 2015 at a former slave burial site on campus. The ceremony to dedicate the memorial on the front lawn of Baldwin Hall came after...
Metro Atlanta counties slow to report election results
 Several of metro Atlanta’s largest counties struggled to report election results Tuesday night, even as residents watched on television and their social media feeds as results came in from across the country. More than two hours after Georgia’s polls closed, Fulton and Cobb counties hadn’t reported results. Fulton first...

2:51 AM Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2018

Several of metro Atlanta’s largest counties struggled to report election results Tuesday night, even as residents watched on television and their social media feeds as results came in from across the country. More than two hours after Georgia’s polls closed, Fulton and Cobb counties hadn’t reported results. Fulton first...
Moore’s Ford lynching case: Sides argue over release of secret transcripts
 As attorneys in federal appeals court in Atlanta on Wednesday argued precedent and law, Atanya L. Hayes started to heat up. The matter before the court — the release of grand jury testimony in the Moore’s Ford lynching case — is a deeply personal wound from 72 years ago that forever changed the course of Hayes&rsquo...

6:33 PM Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2018

As attorneys in federal appeals court in Atlanta on Wednesday argued precedent and law, Atanya L. Hayes started to heat up. The matter before the court — the release of grand jury testimony in the Moore’s Ford lynching case — is a deeply personal wound from 72 years ago that forever changed the course of Hayes&rsquo...
Sealed transcripts could hold clues in 1946 Moore’s Ford lynching case
 The 1946 Moore’s Ford lynching remains one of Georgia’s most notorious acts of racial terror. But an enduring question in the case is this: What happened inside a closed grand jury room to justify no one in the white mob getting charged? Now, nearly 72 years after the federal grand jury met in Athens to consider the evidence collected...

5:01 PM Tuesday, Oct. 02, 2018

The 1946 Moore’s Ford lynching remains one of Georgia’s most notorious acts of racial terror. But an enduring question in the case is this: What happened inside a closed grand jury room to justify no one in the white mob getting charged? Now, nearly 72 years after the federal grand jury met in Athens to consider the evidence collected...
After missteps and criticism, UGA to honor memory of slaves on campus
 Last spring, as student leaders at the University of Georgia prepared a resolution urging school officials to honor slaves who helped sustain the campus, they met with a senior member of President Jere Morehead’s staff. Jessica Douglas, one of the students, said the message from the administration was clear: What you’re doing...

10:00 AM Friday, Sep. 07, 2018

Last spring, as student leaders at the University of Georgia prepared a resolution urging school officials to honor slaves who helped sustain the campus, they met with a senior member of President Jere Morehead’s staff. Jessica Douglas, one of the students, said the message from the administration was clear: What you’re doing...
Ga. cop who shot two bought murder weapon day of killings
 In the two months since Glynn County police officer Robert “Cory” Sasser shot and killed his estranged wife, Katie Kettles Sasser, and her male friend, John Hall, Jr., before killing himself, the question hanging over the case had troubling implications for police: Did local law enforcement officers help Sasser locate...

4:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018

In the two months since Glynn County police officer Robert “Cory” Sasser shot and killed his estranged wife, Katie Kettles Sasser, and her male friend, John Hall, Jr., before killing himself, the question hanging over the case had troubling implications for police: Did local law enforcement officers help Sasser locate...
Charges for son of Georgia cop who killed two in McIntosh County
 The 21-year-old son of a Glynn County police officer who shot and killed his estranged wife and her male friend two months ago was arrested Thursday and charged with reckless conduct in a development related to the double homicide case. Robert Bryce Sasser, a law enforcement officer himself, was charged with the misdemeanor reckless conduct...

10:54 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

The 21-year-old son of a Glynn County police officer who shot and killed his estranged wife and her male friend two months ago was arrested Thursday and charged with reckless conduct in a development related to the double homicide case. Robert Bryce Sasser, a law enforcement officer himself, was charged with the misdemeanor reckless conduct...
Granite memorial to honor remains found in slave burial site, UGA says
 The University of Georgia on Tuesday unveiled plans to erect a memorial to honor more than 100 individuals whose remains were found in a slave burial site during a campus construction project almost three years ago. The discovery of the remains near the Old Athens Cemetery in November 2015 during an expansion project of Baldwin...

6:10 PM Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

The University of Georgia on Tuesday unveiled plans to erect a memorial to honor more than 100 individuals whose remains were found in a slave burial site during a campus construction project almost three years ago. The discovery of the remains near the Old Athens Cemetery in November 2015 during an expansion project of Baldwin...
Charges dropped against ex-Atlanta officer accused of killing unarmed black man 
 Charges have been dropped against a former Atlanta police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man two years ago in northwest Atlanta. The decision was made last week after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said a recent U.S. Supreme Court case “declined to address the issue of whether certain statements, made by a...

2:21 PM Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

Charges have been dropped against a former Atlanta police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man two years ago in northwest Atlanta. The decision was made last week after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said a recent U.S. Supreme Court case “declined to address the issue of whether certain statements, made by a...
Georgia women’s college quietly drops class names tied to Klan history
 For more than a century, Wesleyan College for women has clung to class names cast from an era when the school openly celebrated the Ku Klux Klan and fostered initiation ceremonies that used nooses, Klan-like robes and rituals held by torchlight in the dead of night. Many of these traditions continued for decades after the 1960s when the first...

10:00 AM Monday, Aug. 06, 2018

For more than a century, Wesleyan College for women has clung to class names cast from an era when the school openly celebrated the Ku Klux Klan and fostered initiation ceremonies that used nooses, Klan-like robes and rituals held by torchlight in the dead of night. Many of these traditions continued for decades after the 1960s when the first...
Search for Atlanta child leads to ‘heartbreaking’ desert discovery
 The message that made its way to Georgia from an isolated high desert compound in northern New Mexico was a desperate cry for help: “We are starving and need food and water.” The plea that an Atlanta-area detective turned up marked a dramatic twist in a child abduction case involving a 3-year-old Clayton County boy whose father...

7:47 PM Sunday, Aug. 05, 2018

The message that made its way to Georgia from an isolated high desert compound in northern New Mexico was a desperate cry for help: “We are starving and need food and water.” The plea that an Atlanta-area detective turned up marked a dramatic twist in a child abduction case involving a 3-year-old Clayton County boy whose father...