Dan Klepal

Reporter

Dan Klepal is a reporter on the AJC’s investigative team, focusing mainly on local and state governments. Klepal previously covered Atlanta City Hall and Cobb County, where he wrote extensively about the public investment in SunTrust Park. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Klepal covered city governments in Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky.

Latest from Dan Klepal

Gulch bonds approval head to Invest Atlanta next
 The next step toward turning 40 acres of weedy parking lots and rail lines into one of the largest redevelopments in the city’s history could be taken this week. The Atlanta City Council Monday night approved $1.9 billion in public subsidies for the Gulch — a $5 billion project that will create a forest of office towers,...

Posted: 5 days ago

The next step toward turning 40 acres of weedy parking lots and rail lines into one of the largest redevelopments in the city’s history could be taken this week. The Atlanta City Council Monday night approved $1.9 billion in public subsidies for the Gulch — a $5 billion project that will create a forest of office towers,...
Atlanta City Council approves $1.9 billion subsidy package for Gulch project
 After more than 10 hours of debate and deliberation on Monday, the Atlanta City Council approved nearly $1.9 billion in public subsidies for a downtown development that will permanently reshape the city’s skyline. Council members listened to seven hours of public comment before beginning their own deliberations then taking four quick...

Posted: 6 days ago

After more than 10 hours of debate and deliberation on Monday, the Atlanta City Council approved nearly $1.9 billion in public subsidies for a downtown development that will permanently reshape the city’s skyline. Council members listened to seven hours of public comment before beginning their own deliberations then taking four quick...
New bribery charge against key figure in Atlanta corruption probe
 The federal corruption investigation of Atlanta City Hall has reached across state lines and into Jackson, Miss. Federal prosecutors unsealed a new charge this week against Rev. Mitzi Bickers, the Atlanta preacher who was indicted in April on charges that alleged she helped contractors win millions of dollars in city of Atlanta business...

Posted: 18 days ago

The federal corruption investigation of Atlanta City Hall has reached across state lines and into Jackson, Miss. Federal prosecutors unsealed a new charge this week against Rev. Mitzi Bickers, the Atlanta preacher who was indicted in April on charges that alleged she helped contractors win millions of dollars in city of Atlanta business...
Feds seek records from Reed’s 2016 blue lights accident in Cobb County
 Federal prosecutors investigating corruption at Atlanta City Hall have issued a subpoena to the private attorney of a Cobb County motorist who in 2016 was struck by former Mayor Kasim Reed’s city-issued SUV. The subpoena, issued in August to attorney Hil Hughes, asks for all documents related to the Sept. 9, 2016, accident, including...

Posted: 19 days ago

Federal prosecutors investigating corruption at Atlanta City Hall have issued a subpoena to the private attorney of a Cobb County motorist who in 2016 was struck by former Mayor Kasim Reed’s city-issued SUV. The subpoena, issued in August to attorney Hil Hughes, asks for all documents related to the Sept. 9, 2016, accident, including...
Atlanta paid Reed’s former law firm millions for vague flat-fee bills
 During former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s last four years in office, the city paid $2.2 million to a global law firm where Reed once worked for services only vaguely described on invoices as “litigation consultation” and “legal research.” The Paul Hastings LLP bills don’t identify the lawyers who performed...

Posted: 24 days ago

During former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s last four years in office, the city paid $2.2 million to a global law firm where Reed once worked for services only vaguely described on invoices as “litigation consultation” and “legal research.” The Paul Hastings LLP bills don’t identify the lawyers who performed...
Legal bills raise new questions about Atlanta airport contracts under Reed
 Shortly after Kasim Reed became mayor, his administration hired his former law firm to handle sensitive legal issues at the city’s prime asset, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Paul Hastings LLP defended the fairness of lucrative contract awards when the Reed administration was accused of steering them to political donors;...

10:00 PM Thursday, Oct. 04, 2018

Shortly after Kasim Reed became mayor, his administration hired his former law firm to handle sensitive legal issues at the city’s prime asset, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Paul Hastings LLP defended the fairness of lucrative contract awards when the Reed administration was accused of steering them to political donors;...
Atlanta taxpayers unlikely to recoup illegal employee bonuses, prizes
 The city of Atlanta might be able to reclaim some of the $800,000 in bonuses and prizes handed out by former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration and council members at the end of last year, but it would have to sue city employees to do it. That’s the opinion of Attorney General Chris Carr’s office, which told The...

10:00 AM Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

The city of Atlanta might be able to reclaim some of the $800,000 in bonuses and prizes handed out by former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration and council members at the end of last year, but it would have to sue city employees to do it. That’s the opinion of Attorney General Chris Carr’s office, which told The...
Atlanta grapples with city’s credit card policy in wake of subpoenas
 In 2016, Atlanta’s chief financial officer used his city-issued credit card to book three international business-class flights at a cost of $27,770. One of those trips was to Barcelona, where CFO Jim Beard also swiped his card for $3,800 on hotel rooms and $1,040 in restaurants. Taxpayers picked up a $2,000 restaurant tab from Beard&rsquo...

4:00 AM Tuesday, Sep. 04, 2018

In 2016, Atlanta’s chief financial officer used his city-issued credit card to book three international business-class flights at a cost of $27,770. One of those trips was to Barcelona, where CFO Jim Beard also swiped his card for $3,800 on hotel rooms and $1,040 in restaurants. Taxpayers picked up a $2,000 restaurant tab from Beard&rsquo...
Questions raised about Atlanta probe of South Africa trip payment
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was not interviewed before an outside law firm provided a city board with the results of its investigation into a $40,000 payment Reed directed to cover luxury airfare to South Africa. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned law firm McFadden Davis interviewed Reed after delivering...

10:01 PM Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was not interviewed before an outside law firm provided a city board with the results of its investigation into a $40,000 payment Reed directed to cover luxury airfare to South Africa. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned law firm McFadden Davis interviewed Reed after delivering...
New subpoena focuses on Kasim Reed travel, mayor’s office credit card use
 The federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall corruption has now zeroed in on former Mayor Kasim Reed’s meetings, movements and the justifications for taxpayer-funded travel during his eight years in office. According to a subpoena, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, a federal grand jury is demanding...

10:40 PM Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

The federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall corruption has now zeroed in on former Mayor Kasim Reed’s meetings, movements and the justifications for taxpayer-funded travel during his eight years in office. According to a subpoena, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, a federal grand jury is demanding...
Feds demand 8 years of Reed, mayor’s office travel and p-card records
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have obtained a new federal grand jury subpoena seeking records of Mayor Kasim Reed and his office’s credit card spending and travel for the entirety of his two terms in office.  The subpoena seeks Reed’s daily calendar covering his eight years in office, as well...

2:23 PM Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have obtained a new federal grand jury subpoena seeking records of Mayor Kasim Reed and his office’s credit card spending and travel for the entirety of his two terms in office.  The subpoena seeks Reed’s daily calendar covering his eight years in office, as well...