Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley is the editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Visit his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ajceditor

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Opinion: Free press matters close to home
 On Thursday, the day that hundreds of American newspapers editorialized about the importance of a free press, I had a conversation with one of our reporters that perfectly illustrated the point. I’ll get back to the bigger issue in a minute, but first follow me on a short journey with Tia Mitchell, our reporter who covers DeKalb County...

3:45 PM Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

On Thursday, the day that hundreds of American newspapers editorialized about the importance of a free press, I had a conversation with one of our reporters that perfectly illustrated the point. I’ll get back to the bigger issue in a minute, but first follow me on a short journey with Tia Mitchell, our reporter who covers DeKalb County...
Opinion: When trade skirmishes hit home
 On Friday’s front page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reporters Tamar Hallerman, our Washington correspondent, and Michael Kanell, a business reporter based here, wrote about Ironmonger Brewing Co., a Marietta-based company. Co-owner David Sheets worries about a trade war. Why? Tariffs on aluminum and steel might drive up the...

5:00 PM Friday, Jul. 20, 2018

On Friday’s front page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reporters Tamar Hallerman, our Washington correspondent, and Michael Kanell, a business reporter based here, wrote about Ironmonger Brewing Co., a Marietta-based company. Co-owner David Sheets worries about a trade war. Why? Tariffs on aluminum and steel might drive up the...
Opinion: Reflecting on duty, violence and values
 On Thursday afternoon last week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newsroom staff gathered for one of its honored rituals. Two of our colleagues were retiring. And we were in the middle of the newsroom to send them off with gifts, memorable stories, tears – and, of course, plenty of food. David Gibson and Rhonda Cook each spent decades...

8:00 PM Friday, Jun. 29, 2018

On Thursday afternoon last week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newsroom staff gathered for one of its honored rituals. Two of our colleagues were retiring. And we were in the middle of the newsroom to send them off with gifts, memorable stories, tears – and, of course, plenty of food. David Gibson and Rhonda Cook each spent decades...
Opinion: Reporting that makes a real difference

2:00 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

On the front page about two months ago, AJC investigative reporter Alan Judd shared the tragic story of Lucretia Felder. The story was upsetting, complicated and hard to tell, but, as you see, it has a happy ending. And it was the kind of story you’d only find in your newspaper. The state of Georgia placed her in foster care at age...
Opinion: Studying what keeps democracy healthy

2:00 PM Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

We all know a person who likes to say “trust me.” And the wise among us know that request can be the surest sign of someone who isn’t to be trusted. But we have that basic human need to know whom and what to trust – and it’s never been harder to do, according to a recent report. We live in “A World of Distrust...
Opinion: Public records belong to public
 A couple of weeks ago, two agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation showed up at the AJC’s offices. It was the next step in an important investigation. They came to interview a pair of our reporters. But those reporters hadn’t done anything wrong — in fact, I’d argue they’d done some things that you&rsquo...

5:00 PM Friday, Mar. 30, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, two agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation showed up at the AJC’s offices. It was the next step in an important investigation. They came to interview a pair of our reporters. But those reporters hadn’t done anything wrong — in fact, I’d argue they’d done some things that you&rsquo...
Opinion: Trial showcases AJC’s deep expertise
 When I arrived at the Fulton County Courthouse about 1 p.m. one day last week, the finalists for the jury were lined up outside the first-floor courtroom. Inside, Judge Robert McBurney had not yet called things to order. Some of the attorneys milled about. A TV camera was set up. And some folks who seemed to be interested observers sat on...

11:00 AM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

When I arrived at the Fulton County Courthouse about 1 p.m. one day last week, the finalists for the jury were lined up outside the first-floor courtroom. Inside, Judge Robert McBurney had not yet called things to order. Some of the attorneys milled about. A TV camera was set up. And some folks who seemed to be interested observers sat on...
Opinion: How we found Russian trolls targeting Atlanta

12:00 AM Friday, Mar. 02, 2018

We published a disturbing story last week about how undercover Russians targeted Atlanta with disinformation in 2015 in advance of the presidential election. In “Undercover Russians took aim at Atlanta through Twitter posts,” our Jennifer Peebles showed how a simple and scary international tactic used to undermine American democracy...
Opinion: Great leadership, vision key to future of HBCUs
 First, if it were not for HBCUs, our nation’s rise to worldwide power probably would have been compromised by extreme social and economic instability. HBCUs spent their first century waging a war against illiteracy, poverty and hopelessness. Long after many predominantly white institutions began aggressively recruiting African-Americans...

5:00 PM Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

First, if it were not for HBCUs, our nation’s rise to worldwide power probably would have been compromised by extreme social and economic instability. HBCUs spent their first century waging a war against illiteracy, poverty and hopelessness. Long after many predominantly white institutions began aggressively recruiting African-Americans...
Editor Kevin Riley: Capturing a team, and state’s, run
 It’s been almost a week, but whether or not you’re a University of Georgia football fan, you can probably still sense the lingering disappointment of the devastating loss in the college championship game. (And just for a moment here, I will acknowledge that we have plenty of Georgia Tech – and Alabama – fans among...

5:00 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

It’s been almost a week, but whether or not you’re a University of Georgia football fan, you can probably still sense the lingering disappointment of the devastating loss in the college championship game. (And just for a moment here, I will acknowledge that we have plenty of Georgia Tech – and Alabama – fans among...
When they have questions, Fulton judge lets jurors ask them
 It can happen at the end of a searing cross-examination of the state’s star witness and after seemingly perfunctory testimony from a crime scene tech. In fact, it can occur when any witness testifies at trial in the courtroom of Judge Robert McBurney. After lawyers from both sides finish with their examinations, McBurney then looks...

10:25 PM Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

It can happen at the end of a searing cross-examination of the state’s star witness and after seemingly perfunctory testimony from a crime scene tech. In fact, it can occur when any witness testifies at trial in the courtroom of Judge Robert McBurney. After lawyers from both sides finish with their examinations, McBurney then looks...