Johnny Edwards

Reporter, Investigative Team

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 also 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

Harassed — then investigated
 She thought the Governor’s Task Force commander had invited her to a Savannah conference for her legal expertise. Then state patrol Capt. Eddie Williams had drunkenly invited her to his bedroom during a late-night bus ride, the woman alleged in a sexual harassment complaint, and he did nothing as his rowdy subordinates tried to pull...

Posted: 20 days ago

She thought the Governor’s Task Force commander had invited her to a Savannah conference for her legal expertise. Then state patrol Capt. Eddie Williams had drunkenly invited her to his bedroom during a late-night bus ride, the woman alleged in a sexual harassment complaint, and he did nothing as his rowdy subordinates tried to pull...
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...
Hurricane Michael: Damage in Georgia is ‘phenomenal’ 
 Tropical Storm Michael swept out of Georgia before sunrise Thursday, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The powerful storm claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl in southwest Georgia, which appeared to have borne the brunt of Michael’s wrath.   Utility crews around the state are scrambling to restore power to...

6:57 PM Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

Tropical Storm Michael swept out of Georgia before sunrise Thursday, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The powerful storm claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl in southwest Georgia, which appeared to have borne the brunt of Michael’s wrath.   Utility crews around the state are scrambling to restore power to...
She said she’d been sexually harassed. Then she got fired for it.
 The woman said she wasn’t even looking to file a formal complaint. But griping to her supervisor about how the leader of an elite environmental cleanup team had passed her over for a promotion, the words slipped out of her mouth. “You know, I should have reported him for sexual harassment,” the woman said, “but I just...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018

The woman said she wasn’t even looking to file a formal complaint. But griping to her supervisor about how the leader of an elite environmental cleanup team had passed her over for a promotion, the words slipped out of her mouth. “You know, I should have reported him for sexual harassment,” the woman said, “but I just...
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...
Petit out at MiMedx for acts ‘detrimental to the company’
 More dominoes have fallen in the ongoing investigations into financial dealings of Marietta-based MiMedx. The biopharma company announced late Thursday that Parker “Pete” Petit, who had resigned as CEO and chairman in July, has now resigned from the board of directors as well, effective immediately. What’s more, the...

11:30 PM Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018

More dominoes have fallen in the ongoing investigations into financial dealings of Marietta-based MiMedx. The biopharma company announced late Thursday that Parker “Pete” Petit, who had resigned as CEO and chairman in July, has now resigned from the board of directors as well, effective immediately. What’s more, the...
Petit out at MiMedx ‘for cause’
 Parker “Pete” Petit, who stepped down earlier this year as CEO and chairman of Marietta-based biopharma company MiMedx, now has resigned from its board of directors. In a filing to federal regulators late Thursday, the company said that he had submitted his resignation that day, effective immediately. It also said that the board...

10:02 PM Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018

Parker “Pete” Petit, who stepped down earlier this year as CEO and chairman of Marietta-based biopharma company MiMedx, now has resigned from its board of directors. In a filing to federal regulators late Thursday, the company said that he had submitted his resignation that day, effective immediately. It also said that the board...
Five doctors out at Minneapolis VA over MiMedx improprieties
 In another blow to Marietta-based MiMedx, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis has parted ways with four podiatrists and a dermatologist over improprieties with the company’s biopharma products, a VA spokesman confirmed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The company is under fire amid accusations of “channel stuffing&rdquo...

2:11 PM Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018

In another blow to Marietta-based MiMedx, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis has parted ways with four podiatrists and a dermatologist over improprieties with the company’s biopharma products, a VA spokesman confirmed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The company is under fire amid accusations of “channel stuffing&rdquo...
More troubled doctors allowed back in practice by GA medical board
 To see just how far Georgia regulators will go in forgiving medical doctors’ transgressions, look no further than the latest crop of returned licenses and restored privileges: It includes an internist accused by four women of sexually inappropriate exams. A pain management doctor labeled by a board expert as a “drug...

4:00 AM Sunday, Sep. 02, 2018

To see just how far Georgia regulators will go in forgiving medical doctors’ transgressions, look no further than the latest crop of returned licenses and restored privileges: It includes an internist accused by four women of sexually inappropriate exams. A pain management doctor labeled by a board expert as a “drug...