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

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...

Posted: 17 days ago

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...

Posted: 18 days ago

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...
Students to receive checks from $3 million suit against Ga. sheriff
 Nearly 800 students subjected to illegal body searches by former Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby and his deputies will begin receiving payments under a $3 million civil rights lawsuit settlement signed off by a judge last month. The April 2017 episode involved Hobby ordering the Worth County High School locked down for hours as his deputies...

6:01 PM Wednesday, Aug. 01, 2018

Nearly 800 students subjected to illegal body searches by former Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby and his deputies will begin receiving payments under a $3 million civil rights lawsuit settlement signed off by a judge last month. The April 2017 episode involved Hobby ordering the Worth County High School locked down for hours as his deputies...
DA kept key witness from testifying in killer cop’s bond hearing
 In the days since a Glynn County police lieutenant shot and killed his wife and a male friend while on bond for assaulting both her and other police officers, one central question has hovered over the June 28 tragedy: How could an officer who’d assaulted his wife, attacked fellow officers and threatened to kill himself be allowed...

6:55 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

In the days since a Glynn County police lieutenant shot and killed his wife and a male friend while on bond for assaulting both her and other police officers, one central question has hovered over the June 28 tragedy: How could an officer who’d assaulted his wife, attacked fellow officers and threatened to kill himself be allowed...