Johnny Edwards

Reporter

Johnny Edwards is a member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s investigative team, focusing on the private sector and state and federal regulation. He previously worked in Lynchburg, Va., and Augusta, Ga., and covered the invasion of Iraq as an embedded reporter.  At the AJC, Edwards’ investigation exposed how several elected officials used their discretionary budgets for personal benefit, triggering an FBI investigation that resulted in criminal charges against a county commissioner and three other people.  He recently served on the team behind the AJC’s Doctors & Sex Abuse project, a Pulitzer finalist, and produced a related podcast series.

Latest from Johnny Edwards

VA workers accused of taking gifts to push Marietta firm’s products
 A biopharma company run by one of Georgia’s most successful and politically-connected businessmen showered gifts on three Department of Veterans Affairs workers, leading them to commit health care fraud by stocking the company’s products, a federal indictment alleges. While no one working for Parker “Pete” Petit&rsquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

A biopharma company run by one of Georgia’s most successful and politically-connected businessmen showered gifts on three Department of Veterans Affairs workers, leading them to commit health care fraud by stocking the company’s products, a federal indictment alleges. While no one working for Parker “Pete” Petit&rsquo...
Massage therapy customers left at risk of sexual abuse
 More than two dozen complaints about sexual abuse by licensed massage therapists were filed with the Georgia licensing board over the past three years. But only once did the board sanction a therapist for sexual misconduct, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found. The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy took action only in...

Posted: 17 days ago

More than two dozen complaints about sexual abuse by licensed massage therapists were filed with the Georgia licensing board over the past three years. But only once did the board sanction a therapist for sexual misconduct, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found. The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy took action only in...
When massage therapists cross the line, state board rarely acts
 The woman lay frozen on the massage table, exposed, vulnerable, not knowing what to do. Her therapist had grabbed her underwear and moved it to expose her buttocks, then he started massaging her backside so hard that she hurt, according to a complaint she filed with state regulators. She ordered him repeatedly to stop, but he ignored her...

Posted: 23 days ago

The woman lay frozen on the massage table, exposed, vulnerable, not knowing what to do. Her therapist had grabbed her underwear and moved it to expose her buttocks, then he started massaging her backside so hard that she hurt, according to a complaint she filed with state regulators. She ordered him repeatedly to stop, but he ignored her...
Former cellmate provides window into Reality Winner’s life behind bars
 Reality Winner, the Augusta woman accused of leaking a top-secret government report about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, said she has been jailed for “nothing,” that President Donald Trump doesn’t like her and that she is being targeted, a former cellmate told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Meanwhile...

Posted: 24 days ago

Reality Winner, the Augusta woman accused of leaking a top-secret government report about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, said she has been jailed for “nothing,” that President Donald Trump doesn’t like her and that she is being targeted, a former cellmate told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Meanwhile...
Family seeks help for teen shot in the face in murder-suicide
 After the gunshots, amid the terror and the searing pain, the 16-year-old girl could think of only one thing: She had to protect the baby. The teenager had just been shot in the face by her uncle, Kelley James McDonald Jr., and while lying on the floor she watched her mother die from bullet wounds, the teen’s father told The Atlanta...

1:21 AM Monday, Apr. 09, 2018

After the gunshots, amid the terror and the searing pain, the 16-year-old girl could think of only one thing: She had to protect the baby. The teenager had just been shot in the face by her uncle, Kelley James McDonald Jr., and while lying on the floor she watched her mother die from bullet wounds, the teen’s father told The Atlanta...
Despite FDA crackdown, stem cell therapy still ‘wild west’
 The treatment seemed like an answer to prayers, courtesy of science. A shot of stem cells, the building blocks of all human tissues, could turn back the clock on Loy Roper’s aching back, sparing him a third spinal surgery. So he used a credit card to pay $9,300 to a Cherokee County pain clinic run mostly by chiropractors and attached...

9:00 AM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

The treatment seemed like an answer to prayers, courtesy of science. A shot of stem cells, the building blocks of all human tissues, could turn back the clock on Loy Roper’s aching back, sparing him a third spinal surgery. So he used a credit card to pay $9,300 to a Cherokee County pain clinic run mostly by chiropractors and attached...
Suspect in leak of Russian cyberattack report faces tough legal battle
 Just thinking about the prosecution here in Georgia of Reality Winner for a National Security Agency leak triggers “major flashbacks” for Thomas Drake. Seven years ago, Drake – a former senior NSA official — walked out of federal court a free man after the government, on the eve of his trial, dropped 10 charges...

7:40 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

Just thinking about the prosecution here in Georgia of Reality Winner for a National Security Agency leak triggers “major flashbacks” for Thomas Drake. Seven years ago, Drake – a former senior NSA official — walked out of federal court a free man after the government, on the eve of his trial, dropped 10 charges...
Water chief alleged chaos, mismanagement in DeKalb
 DeKalb County’s crippling water main break last week marked the latest large-scale failure of metro Atlanta’s fragile infrastructure, while amplifying a new chapter of turmoil in an agency that’s been at the center of a series of scandals for more than a decade. The break in an underground pipe off Buford Highway ...

5:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018

DeKalb County’s crippling water main break last week marked the latest large-scale failure of metro Atlanta’s fragile infrastructure, while amplifying a new chapter of turmoil in an agency that’s been at the center of a series of scandals for more than a decade. The break in an underground pipe off Buford Highway ...
Lack of medical records stymies state’s case against Children’s Healthcare pediatrician
 More than 30 women came forward about Dr. Jose Rios, telling police that the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta pediatrician groped and humiliated them, sometimes in full view of their children.  But more than two years after Rios’ arrest, DeKalb County prosecutors say they still can’t start a trial in the case because...

4:59 PM Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

More than 30 women came forward about Dr. Jose Rios, telling police that the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta pediatrician groped and humiliated them, sometimes in full view of their children.  But more than two years after Rios’ arrest, DeKalb County prosecutors say they still can’t start a trial in the case because...
Children's Healthcare clinic
Two years ago, more than two dozen women came forward accusing pediatrician Jose Rios, who worked at this neighborhood clinic on Buford Highway, of sexually abusing them. JOHNNY EDWARDS / JREDWARDS@AJC.COM

10:45 PM Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Two years ago, more than two dozen women came forward accusing pediatrician Jose Rios, who worked at this neighborhood clinic on Buford Highway, of sexually abusing them. JOHNNY EDWARDS / JREDWARDS@AJC.COM