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Johnny Edwards

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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

Kemp critics demand probes of campaign cash from massage clinic owner
 Critics of Secretary of State Brian Kemp are calling for federal and state investigations into campaign donations from the massage industry, weeks after his allies called for probes involving Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s comments in a secretly recorded conversation. The dueling calls for investigations come weeks ahead of an increasingly...

Posted: 9 days ago

Critics of Secretary of State Brian Kemp are calling for federal and state investigations into campaign donations from the massage industry, weeks after his allies called for probes involving Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s comments in a secretly recorded conversation. The dueling calls for investigations come weeks ahead of an increasingly...
MiMedx’s internal probe prompts CEO Petit’s resignation
 Parker H. “Pete” Petit has spent years waging court battles and a war of words against those accusing his Marietta-based company of fraud. The MiMedx CEO and chairman called stories about his company inflating revenues by over-shipping medical products “bogus.” He called the short sellers who accused MiMedx of ...

Posted: 16 days ago

Parker H. “Pete” Petit has spent years waging court battles and a war of words against those accusing his Marietta-based company of fraud. The MiMedx CEO and chairman called stories about his company inflating revenues by over-shipping medical products “bogus.” He called the short sellers who accused MiMedx of ...
MiMedx CEO ‘Pete’ Petit resigns amid corporate turmoil
 MiMedx, the Marietta biopharma company rocked by allegations of inflated earnings and improper sales practices, said Monday the company’s longtime chairman and CEO has resigned. Parker H. “Pete” Petit, a fixture in metro Atlanta’s business community, has stepped down, though he will remain a member of the MiMedx...

Posted: 16 days ago

MiMedx, the Marietta biopharma company rocked by allegations of inflated earnings and improper sales practices, said Monday the company’s longtime chairman and CEO has resigned. Parker H. “Pete” Petit, a fixture in metro Atlanta’s business community, has stepped down, though he will remain a member of the MiMedx...
Pediatrician found not guilty of groping patients’ immigrant moms
 One after another, nine women took the witness stand this week to accuse Dr. José A. Rios of groping them and making lewd propositions. But in the end, jurors didn’t buy it. After less than an hour of deliberating Friday, a DeKalb County jury found Rios, a pediatrician who treated the women’s children, not guilty of two...

Posted: 19 days ago

One after another, nine women took the witness stand this week to accuse Dr. José A. Rios of groping them and making lewd propositions. But in the end, jurors didn’t buy it. After less than an hour of deliberating Friday, a DeKalb County jury found Rios, a pediatrician who treated the women’s children, not guilty of two...
Undocumented moms tell of alleged sexual humiliation by kids’ doctor
 Feeling isolated, and fearing no one would believe them because they’re undocumented immigrants, the women kept quiet at first about what they allege was done to them in their children’s doctor’s exam room. Now they’re telling a jury. “He gave me a hug, and he was rubbing my back. And, when he pulled away, he...

Posted: 22 days ago

Feeling isolated, and fearing no one would believe them because they’re undocumented immigrants, the women kept quiet at first about what they allege was done to them in their children’s doctor’s exam room. Now they’re telling a jury. “He gave me a hug, and he was rubbing my back. And, when he pulled away, he...
Kemp campaign gets big bucks from the people he regulates
 In April, a chiropractor who owns two massage clinics that have been the subject of a series of sexual assault complaints got a visit from his industry’s highest-ranking state regulator. Secretary of State Brian Kemp hadn’t come with tough questions, though. He came with an outstretched hand. Dr. Patrick Greco and his partner...

Posted: 22 days ago

In April, a chiropractor who owns two massage clinics that have been the subject of a series of sexual assault complaints got a visit from his industry’s highest-ranking state regulator. Secretary of State Brian Kemp hadn’t come with tough questions, though. He came with an outstretched hand. Dr. Patrick Greco and his partner...
Reality Winner to take a plea deal in NSA leak case
 After a year of duking it out in federal court over allegations that she leaked top-secret government intelligence, former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner has agreed to a plea deal. “I do know that she has always been ready and willing to accept responsibility for any wrongdoing, and that she will accept the consequences...

Posted: 27 days ago

After a year of duking it out in federal court over allegations that she leaked top-secret government intelligence, former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner has agreed to a plea deal. “I do know that she has always been ready and willing to accept responsibility for any wrongdoing, and that she will accept the consequences...
Personal Journeys: Just us
 Other people found it extraordinary. For us, it was just the way life was. Just me and her, for more than a decade. In the early years, I’d get compliments for it. We’d be in a checkout line, and Grace — still a little kid with missing baby teeth — would be running around the store, begging me to buy her some piece...

2:56 PM Sunday, Jun. 17, 2018

Other people found it extraordinary. For us, it was just the way life was. Just me and her, for more than a decade. In the early years, I’d get compliments for it. We’d be in a checkout line, and Grace — still a little kid with missing baby teeth — would be running around the store, begging me to buy her some piece...
Reality Winner billboard prompts stern warning from her judge
 Tens of thousands of potential jurors are driving past a billboard in Augusta every day that portrays Reality Winner as an imprisoned hero and the federal government as her oppressor. The judge who will preside over her case is apparently none too happy. A day after the billboard went up, Chief U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall admonished...

9:28 PM Monday, Jun. 11, 2018

Tens of thousands of potential jurors are driving past a billboard in Augusta every day that portrays Reality Winner as an imprisoned hero and the federal government as her oppressor. The judge who will preside over her case is apparently none too happy. A day after the billboard went up, Chief U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall admonished...
Marietta firm accused of channel stuffing walks back its financials
 A major shakeup at MiMedx has given further credence to ex-employees’ claims that the Marietta-based biopharma company inflated revenues by overshipping its product to VA hospitals. Amid an internal investigation into “matters relating to certain sales and distribution practices and other matters,” the publicly-traded...

10:06 PM Thursday, Jun. 07, 2018

A major shakeup at MiMedx has given further credence to ex-employees’ claims that the Marietta-based biopharma company inflated revenues by overshipping its product to VA hospitals. Amid an internal investigation into “matters relating to certain sales and distribution practices and other matters,” the publicly-traded...
Amid opioid crisis, drug-abusing nurses get secret sanctions
 The nurse was seen on duty at the hospital with red, dilated eyes, her speech slurred, her behavior drowsy. Trusted to care for people at their most vulnerable and fragile, instead she had taken opioids intended for patients and injected herself. Without a doctor’s OK, another nurse ordered Demerol and Benadryl for an emergency room...

9:00 AM Friday, Jun. 01, 2018

The nurse was seen on duty at the hospital with red, dilated eyes, her speech slurred, her behavior drowsy. Trusted to care for people at their most vulnerable and fragile, instead she had taken opioids intended for patients and injected herself. Without a doctor’s OK, another nurse ordered Demerol and Benadryl for an emergency room...