Chris Joyner

Investigative Reporter

Chris Joyner is an investigative reporter. An Atlanta native, Joyner has been with the AJC since 2010. 

Latest from Chris Joyner

Ga. officials reject supremacist rally at Stone Mountain
 White supremacists had planned on capitalizing on the international attention drawn to Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII to stage a rally at Stone Mountain next February, but the state body that oversees the park said no. In a Nov. 7 letter, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association denied a permit to “Rock Stone Mountain II” organizers...

Posted: a day ago

White supremacists had planned on capitalizing on the international attention drawn to Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII to stage a rally at Stone Mountain next February, but the state body that oversees the park said no. In a Nov. 7 letter, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association denied a permit to “Rock Stone Mountain II” organizers...
Georgia militia leader promises to protect Trump with “use of force”
 The leader of the Georgia Security Force III%, an anti-government group whose heavily armed members have shown up at far-right protests for the last several years, told a Danish news reporter his group is prepared to respond with “with use of force” against Democrats to protect President Donald Trump. Chris Hill, a former Marine...

Posted: 9 days ago

The leader of the Georgia Security Force III%, an anti-government group whose heavily armed members have shown up at far-right protests for the last several years, told a Danish news reporter his group is prepared to respond with “with use of force” against Democrats to protect President Donald Trump. Chris Hill, a former Marine...
North GA chicken firm pays $2.25 million to settle collusion claims
 Fieldale Farms, a Baldwin, Ga., chicken producer, has agreed to pay $2.2. million to extract itself from a federal, class-action lawsuit alleging massive price fixing by the major players in the broiler industry, a conspiracy the plaintiffs say was aided by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The settlement agreement is the latest development...

Posted: 9 days ago

Fieldale Farms, a Baldwin, Ga., chicken producer, has agreed to pay $2.2. million to extract itself from a federal, class-action lawsuit alleging massive price fixing by the major players in the broiler industry, a conspiracy the plaintiffs say was aided by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The settlement agreement is the latest development...
AJC EXCLUSIVE: Georgia’s government has sexual harassment problem, prisons are ground zero
 Lewd insults. Groping. Never-ending sexual propositions. That’s what women working in Georgia’s prison system say they endure every day. Dealing with incarcerated criminals, the women knew going into the job that they could face men trying to intimidate them, or worse. But dozens of women’s accounts in state records aren&rsquo...

Posted: 20 days ago

Lewd insults. Groping. Never-ending sexual propositions. That’s what women working in Georgia’s prison system say they endure every day. Dealing with incarcerated criminals, the women knew going into the job that they could face men trying to intimidate them, or worse. But dozens of women’s accounts in state records aren&rsquo...
DeKalb Publix evacuated after Coca-Cola delivery truck fire
 A Publix was evacuated after a Coca-Cola delivery truck caught fire Tuesday behind the store in Atlanta, DeKalb County fire Capt. Dion Bentley said.  Bentley said he is not yet clear if the fire spread to the Publix, located in the 2100 block of Henderson Mill Road.  The truck was parked at the loading dock when it caught fire and...

5:20 PM Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2018

A Publix was evacuated after a Coca-Cola delivery truck caught fire Tuesday behind the store in Atlanta, DeKalb County fire Capt. Dion Bentley said.  Bentley said he is not yet clear if the fire spread to the Publix, located in the 2100 block of Henderson Mill Road.  The truck was parked at the loading dock when it caught fire and...
Fayette 911 director resigns amid new allegations of workplace abuse
 Fayette’s controversial 911 center director resigned Monday amid new accusations of abusive behavior, eight months after employees complained about a toxic work environment in a series of county commission meetings. County Administrator Steve Rapson said he accepted Bernard “Buster” Brown’s resignation, waiving Brown&rsquo...

9:43 PM Monday, Oct. 08, 2018

Fayette’s controversial 911 center director resigned Monday amid new accusations of abusive behavior, eight months after employees complained about a toxic work environment in a series of county commission meetings. County Administrator Steve Rapson said he accepted Bernard “Buster” Brown’s resignation, waiving Brown&rsquo...
Ricin charges dropped against Georgia white supremacist
 A north Georgia white supremacist arrested last year for alleged possession of the deadly toxin ricin is no longer facing federal charges after a judge dismissed the case — on a technicality that exposes a regulatory failure. In an order signed Sept. 21, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Story agreed with the man’s legal team...

8:17 PM Tuesday, Oct. 02, 2018

A north Georgia white supremacist arrested last year for alleged possession of the deadly toxin ricin is no longer facing federal charges after a judge dismissed the case — on a technicality that exposes a regulatory failure. In an order signed Sept. 21, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Story agreed with the man’s legal team...
Candidates for top GA posts pledge sexual harassment reform
 Candidates for the top posts in state government are promising changes following an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution into how sexual harassment complaints by state employees are handled. With just over six weeks until Election Day, the AJC asked the major candidates for governor and lieutenant governor if they intended to...

4:00 AM Sunday, Sep. 23, 2018

Candidates for the top posts in state government are promising changes following an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution into how sexual harassment complaints by state employees are handled. With just over six weeks until Election Day, the AJC asked the major candidates for governor and lieutenant governor if they intended to...
State’s weak response to sexual harassment makes reporting risky
 Emboldened by #MeToo, a half dozen state emergency management employees came forward about a supervisor putting his hands on women who didn’t want to be touched, making locker-room jokes they didn’t want to hear. His punishment: A talking-to. No written reprimand. No disciplinary action. “It sent the message that that kind...

9:37 AM Friday, Sep. 21, 2018

Emboldened by #MeToo, a half dozen state emergency management employees came forward about a supervisor putting his hands on women who didn’t want to be touched, making locker-room jokes they didn’t want to hear. His punishment: A talking-to. No written reprimand. No disciplinary action. “It sent the message that that kind...
Evacuees head home as soaking Florence moves on
 As the winds and deluging rains from slow-moving Tropical Depression Florence moved across the Carolinas on Sunday, thousands of residents who fled to Georgia began making their way home. “We are traveling back now,” Charleston, S.C., resident Towner Magill reported from a rest stop on I-16 south of Macon. He was preparing...

7:56 PM Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018

As the winds and deluging rains from slow-moving Tropical Depression Florence moved across the Carolinas on Sunday, thousands of residents who fled to Georgia began making their way home. “We are traveling back now,” Charleston, S.C., resident Towner Magill reported from a rest stop on I-16 south of Macon. He was preparing...