Ernie Suggs

Reporter for Enterprise

Ernie Suggs has been a reporter at the AJC since 1997, currently covering a variety of breaking news and investigative stories for page A1. He previously reported for newspapers in New York City and Durham, N.C. A veteran of more than 20 years as a newspaper reporter, Suggs has covered stories ranging from politics to civil rights to higher education. A 1990 graduate of North Carolina Central University, with a degree in English Literature, Suggs was also a Harvard University Nieman Fellow. He is currently on the Nieman Board of Trustees and the former national vice president of the National Association of Black Journalists. His appreciation for Prince and the New York Yankees is unmatched.

Latest from Ernie Suggs

‘I don’t feel sorry for myself’
 Christy Sims’ counts on small miracles these days. Like the day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw a dimple on her left cheek. Five years ago, an ex-boyfriend tried to destroy that face by dousing it with a bowl of acid. Through 13 surgeries, doctors had to completely reconstruct her face. The dimples were gone. “I had...

Posted: 8 days ago

Christy Sims’ counts on small miracles these days. Like the day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw a dimple on her left cheek. Five years ago, an ex-boyfriend tried to destroy that face by dousing it with a bowl of acid. Through 13 surgeries, doctors had to completely reconstruct her face. The dimples were gone. “I had...
King Center no longer stuck in concrete
 A foreclosure lien against the King Center has been dismissed after the Atlanta-based non-profit forced a third-party contractor to cough up $11,000 for unpaid concrete. Last month, Thomas Concrete filed suit against the King Center demanding a $9,296 payment for 10 loads of concrete delivered to the King Center to make repairs and upgrades...

Posted: 9 days ago

A foreclosure lien against the King Center has been dismissed after the Atlanta-based non-profit forced a third-party contractor to cough up $11,000 for unpaid concrete. Last month, Thomas Concrete filed suit against the King Center demanding a $9,296 payment for 10 loads of concrete delivered to the King Center to make repairs and upgrades...
Andrew Young recovering, but taking it slow
 Andrew Young is still funny, still laughing and still telling stories.  But admittedly, the former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador is doing them all a bit slower.  In an exclusive interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 86-year-old civil rights leader, who was hospitalized May 6 with a high fever and infection...

Posted: 12 days ago

Andrew Young is still funny, still laughing and still telling stories.  But admittedly, the former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador is doing them all a bit slower.  In an exclusive interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 86-year-old civil rights leader, who was hospitalized May 6 with a high fever and infection...
Dorothy Cotton: Top aide to Martin Luther King Jr., has died
 Dorothy Cotton, one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s, closest aides in an orbit dominated by men, has died.  The Dorothy Cotton Institute and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where Cotton served as national director of education from 1963 until King’s assassination in 1968, confirmed Cotton died June 10 in her home...

Posted: 12 days ago

Dorothy Cotton, one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s, closest aides in an orbit dominated by men, has died.  The Dorothy Cotton Institute and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where Cotton served as national director of education from 1963 until King’s assassination in 1968, confirmed Cotton died June 10 in her home...
New Athens-Clarke County commissioner draws inspiration from Malcolm X
 In a 1962 speech in Los Angeles, Malcolm X made perhaps his most powerful declaration about the state of black women. “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman,” Malcolm X said in the Los Angeles speech. “The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is...

Posted: 16 days ago

In a 1962 speech in Los Angeles, Malcolm X made perhaps his most powerful declaration about the state of black women. “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman,” Malcolm X said in the Los Angeles speech. “The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is...
Builder files lien against King Center over nine loads of concrete
 A building company that provided nearly 10 truckloads of concrete to the King Center to use to spiff up the complex before the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination wants to get paid. Thomas Concrete has filed a foreclosure lien against the King Center in Fulton County Court for $9,296. The lien, said Thomas Concrete&rsquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

A building company that provided nearly 10 truckloads of concrete to the King Center to use to spiff up the complex before the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination wants to get paid. Thomas Concrete has filed a foreclosure lien against the King Center in Fulton County Court for $9,296. The lien, said Thomas Concrete&rsquo...
VIDEO: What is privilege?
 What is privilege? And who has it? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wanted to find out. And in the process, find out how a diverse group of Atlanta residents understood their own privilege. We gathered a group of 11 men and women – of different racial, economic and educational status - to participate in an exercise called the Privilege...

Posted: 18 days ago

What is privilege? And who has it? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wanted to find out. And in the process, find out how a diverse group of Atlanta residents understood their own privilege. We gathered a group of 11 men and women – of different racial, economic and educational status - to participate in an exercise called the Privilege...
Spelman College: ‘Full of black women who look like me’
 As long as she can remember, 17-year-old Deja Mason has had her eyes set on attending a black college, following a path set by her parents, who attended North Carolina Central University, and a brother who attended Morehouse College.  But the “Blue Envelope” still scared her. The “Blue Envelope” is legendary in...

Posted: 29 days ago

As long as she can remember, 17-year-old Deja Mason has had her eyes set on attending a black college, following a path set by her parents, who attended North Carolina Central University, and a brother who attended Morehouse College.  But the “Blue Envelope” still scared her. The “Blue Envelope” is legendary in...
Who was Jack Johnson?
 More than a century after his conviction, boxing great Jack Johnson, the first black man to become heavyweight champion of the world, was granted a posthumous pardon by President Donald Trump.  Flanked by former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and fictional heavyweight champion Sylvester Stallone in the Oval Office, Trump said of the...

Posted: 30 days ago

More than a century after his conviction, boxing great Jack Johnson, the first black man to become heavyweight champion of the world, was granted a posthumous pardon by President Donald Trump.  Flanked by former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and fictional heavyweight champion Sylvester Stallone in the Oval Office, Trump said of the...
This is America: Recent episodes of ‘existing while black’ show darker side of racial profiling
 On Ed Garnes’ first day as a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s psychology department, someone handed him a trash can. Another time, a white student demanded to know why he was sitting in a classroom 30 minutes early — even though he’d sat across from her all semester. >> Read more trending...

10:03 PM Thursday, May. 17, 2018

On Ed Garnes’ first day as a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s psychology department, someone handed him a trash can. Another time, a white student demanded to know why he was sitting in a classroom 30 minutes early — even though he’d sat across from her all semester. >> Read more trending...