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

Audit: Atlanta paid millions in overtime and routinely blew budgets
 Overtime expenses at the city of Atlanta spiked in the closing years of Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration and ballooned to $54.2 million in the last full budget year of this term, an audit by the city’s auditor found. In fiscal year 2017 alone, overtime expenses exceeded budget by $34 million and overtime spending more than...

Posted: 4 days ago

Overtime expenses at the city of Atlanta spiked in the closing years of Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration and ballooned to $54.2 million in the last full budget year of this term, an audit by the city’s auditor found. In fiscal year 2017 alone, overtime expenses exceeded budget by $34 million and overtime spending more than...
‘Dancing doctor’ called threat to public safety by state medical board
 A day after Sherita Cox had a cosmetic makeover by Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte, she struggled to breathe and was bleeding from surgical incisions. Taken by ambulance to a hospital, she was found to have a collapsed lung and be suffering from anemia due to acute blood loss. Her case apparently pushed the Georgia Composite Medical Board to finally...

Posted: 10 days ago

A day after Sherita Cox had a cosmetic makeover by Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte, she struggled to breathe and was bleeding from surgical incisions. Taken by ambulance to a hospital, she was found to have a collapsed lung and be suffering from anemia due to acute blood loss. Her case apparently pushed the Georgia Composite Medical Board to finally...
‘Dancing doctor’ suspended by medical board
 More than two years after receiving reports of alleged malpractice at Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte’s cosmetic surgery practice, the Georgia Composite Medical Board today immediately suspended the Gwinnett physician’s license. Citing the case of a woman who underwent surgery last week, the board order says that Davis-Boutte’s...

Posted: 10 days ago

More than two years after receiving reports of alleged malpractice at Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte’s cosmetic surgery practice, the Georgia Composite Medical Board today immediately suspended the Gwinnett physician’s license. Citing the case of a woman who underwent surgery last week, the board order says that Davis-Boutte’s...
Ga. cop who killed Caroline Small faces justice of his own making
 On May 17, a Glynn County police officer drove his pickup truck to a wooded area he’d often hunted. A handgun — and a note — lay beside him in the Ford’s cab. The man inside was Lt. Robert C. Sasser and he was no ordinary cop. Eight years ago, Sasser and his partner, Michael T. Simpson, committed one of the most brutal...

Posted: 16 days ago

On May 17, a Glynn County police officer drove his pickup truck to a wooded area he’d often hunted. A handgun — and a note — lay beside him in the Ford’s cab. The man inside was Lt. Robert C. Sasser and he was no ordinary cop. Eight years ago, Sasser and his partner, Michael T. Simpson, committed one of the most brutal...
Will key witness testify in fatal metro Atlanta police shooting?
 A controversial metro Atlanta police shooting of an unarmed Paulding County man goes before a grand jury Wednesday amid questions about whether a key eyewitness will testify. Emelia Blehm said she was just a few feet from Brandon Bohanan last October when her unarmed friend held up his hands and tried to surrender to Paulding County...

Posted: 26 days ago

A controversial metro Atlanta police shooting of an unarmed Paulding County man goes before a grand jury Wednesday amid questions about whether a key eyewitness will testify. Emelia Blehm said she was just a few feet from Brandon Bohanan last October when her unarmed friend held up his hands and tried to surrender to Paulding County...
When inmates die: Georgia’s jails fail mentally ill
 In Lori Carroll’s final hours, as her psychotic behavior spiraled out of control, no one at the Muscogee County Jail helped relieve her suffering. Carroll, 46, had a history of mental illness and had spent multiple stints behind bars for theft, shoplifting and forgery. In her last arrest, officers in Columbus charged her on the morning...

Posted: 30 days ago

In Lori Carroll’s final hours, as her psychotic behavior spiraled out of control, no one at the Muscogee County Jail helped relieve her suffering. Carroll, 46, had a history of mental illness and had spent multiple stints behind bars for theft, shoplifting and forgery. In her last arrest, officers in Columbus charged her on the morning...
Shortage of firearms experts a crisis, GBI director says
 GBI Director Vernon Keenan and other law enforcement leaders will meet with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions next week to seek help solving a critical shortage of ballistics experts. Keenan said the shortage of firearms examiners is a national problem and one linked to training and funding. It takes two years to train examiners in this...

5:08 PM Friday, May. 04, 2018

GBI Director Vernon Keenan and other law enforcement leaders will meet with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions next week to seek help solving a critical shortage of ballistics experts. Keenan said the shortage of firearms examiners is a national problem and one linked to training and funding. It takes two years to train examiners in this...
Family of slain Savannah man demands release of police video
 Was Ricky Boyd threatening Savannah officers with a BB gun when police fatally shot him in January? The push to answer that question intensified this month as the 20-year-old former prom king’s death drew national attention and a Georgia state senator requested an outside review by the U.S. Justice Department. Contradicting accounts...

4:35 PM Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

Was Ricky Boyd threatening Savannah officers with a BB gun when police fatally shot him in January? The push to answer that question intensified this month as the 20-year-old former prom king’s death drew national attention and a Georgia state senator requested an outside review by the U.S. Justice Department. Contradicting accounts...
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...

5:15 PM Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018

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...