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

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...

Posted: 9 days ago

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...

Posted: 13 days ago

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...

Posted: 14 days ago

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...

Posted: 18 days ago

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...
Mother terrified cop would harm daughter
 Long before Glynn County Police Lt. Robert C. Sasser’s final rampage ended in the shooting death of his estranged spouse and her male friend, his potential for violence struck terror in his wife’s family. On May 14, the day after a domestic incident in which Lt. Sasser tried to kick in her door, Katie Kettles Sasser gave a police...

11:43 PM Friday, Jul. 06, 2018

Long before Glynn County Police Lt. Robert C. Sasser’s final rampage ended in the shooting death of his estranged spouse and her male friend, his potential for violence struck terror in his wife’s family. On May 14, the day after a domestic incident in which Lt. Sasser tried to kick in her door, Katie Kettles Sasser gave a police...
Investigators review if killer cop had help
 State authorities are investigating whether members of the Glynn County Police Department or other law enforcement agencies assisted Lt. Robert C. Sasser in locating his estranged wife and her boyfriend before he shot and killed them last week. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation inquiry is potentially devastating for the coastal police department...

11:08 PM Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2018

State authorities are investigating whether members of the Glynn County Police Department or other law enforcement agencies assisted Lt. Robert C. Sasser in locating his estranged wife and her boyfriend before he shot and killed them last week. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation inquiry is potentially devastating for the coastal police department...
Ga. cop who killed Caroline Small shoots self after killing wife, man
 Lt. Robert C. Sasser had a well-documented history of misconduct as a Glynn County police officer, but nothing outdid his final spectacle of violence Thursday when he shot and killed his estranged wife and her boyfriend, before fatally shooting himself in the head. The incident has left authorities in Glynn County exposed to charges that...

10:56 PM Friday, Jun. 29, 2018

Lt. Robert C. Sasser had a well-documented history of misconduct as a Glynn County police officer, but nothing outdid his final spectacle of violence Thursday when he shot and killed his estranged wife and her boyfriend, before fatally shooting himself in the head. The incident has left authorities in Glynn County exposed to charges that...
Ga. officer in Caroline Small death fatally shoots wife, male friend, sources say
 A suspended Glynn County police officer out on bond after an armed standoff with SWAT officers last month shot and killed his estranged wife and her male friend Thursday night, according to law enforcement source and another source familiar with the situation. Officer Robert C. Sasser, notorious as one of two officers involved in the brutal...

4:02 PM Friday, Jun. 29, 2018

A suspended Glynn County police officer out on bond after an armed standoff with SWAT officers last month shot and killed his estranged wife and her male friend Thursday night, according to law enforcement source and another source familiar with the situation. Officer Robert C. Sasser, notorious as one of two officers involved in the brutal...
Cop: ‘He should know better’; Roswell official fails to report accident
 Last month, Roswell 911 dispatchers sent officers to a local strip mall on what seemed like a routine hit-and-run crash. Richard Johnson had discovered the damage to his smashed 2009 Toyota Corolla during his daily lunch-break walk through the parking lot of Brannon Square. Johnson told dispatchers he hadn’t seen the May 25 accident...

7:50 PM Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018

Last month, Roswell 911 dispatchers sent officers to a local strip mall on what seemed like a routine hit-and-run crash. Richard Johnson had discovered the damage to his smashed 2009 Toyota Corolla during his daily lunch-break walk through the parking lot of Brannon Square. Johnson told dispatchers he hadn’t seen the May 25 accident...
New audit: Staffing shortages hamper Atlanta VA
 The Atlanta VA Medical Center leads the veterans health care system in a negative measurement: the hospital on Clairmont Road has the highest number of staffing shortages of any VA hospital in the country, according to a new audit by the agency’s inspector general. The facility listed 89 positions designated as shortages, including...

5:25 PM Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2018

The Atlanta VA Medical Center leads the veterans health care system in a negative measurement: the hospital on Clairmont Road has the highest number of staffing shortages of any VA hospital in the country, according to a new audit by the agency’s inspector general. The facility listed 89 positions designated as shortages, including...