Richard Watkins

News Applications Specialist and Illustrator

Ric is a News Applications Specialist at the AJC. Born in Flint, Mich., he earned a BFA in graphic design from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Ric went on to work at major newsrooms in the state before relocating to Georgia in 2004. Prior AJC positions include Digital Editor/Producer, Interactive Designer, Copy Editor and Page Designer. Check out his team’s latest project, “Doctor’s & Sex Abuse” at doctors.ajc.com

Latest from Richard Watkins

By-the-numbers when inmates die: Georgia’s jails fail mentally ill
 In Lori Carroll’s final hours, as her psychotic behavior spiraled out of control, no one at Muscogee County Jail helped relieve her suffering. Carroll, 46, had a history of mental illness and had spent multiple stints behind bars for theft, shoplifting and forgery. In her last arrest, officers in Columbus charged her on the morning...

7:25 PM Friday, May. 18, 2018

In Lori Carroll’s final hours, as her psychotic behavior spiraled out of control, no one at Muscogee County Jail helped relieve her suffering. Carroll, 46, had a history of mental illness and had spent multiple stints behind bars for theft, shoplifting and forgery. In her last arrest, officers in Columbus charged her on the morning...
Still forgiven
This new national investigation is a followup to the AJC’s Doctors & Sex Abuse series published in 2016. The series exposed a culture of cover-ups, secret discipline and forgiveness that enabled abusive doctors to stay in practice in all 50 states.

3:23 PM Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

This new national investigation is a followup to the AJC’s Doctors & Sex Abuse series published in 2016. The series exposed a culture of cover-ups, secret discipline and forgiveness that enabled abusive doctors to stay in practice in all 50 states.
Atlanta's homicide victims
Atlanta's homicide victims

10:08 PM Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2017

Atlanta's homicide victims
The new I-85 bridge: Step by step
 Rebuilding a bridge might seem as simple as snapping the pieces together like an oversized Lego set. But it’s far more complicated. Since I-85 in Buckhead collapsed March 30, dozens of C.W. Matthews employees have worked 24 hours a day to demolish the old bridge and build the new one. State inspectors have been at their side, checking...

1:38 PM Sunday, May. 21, 2017

Rebuilding a bridge might seem as simple as snapping the pieces together like an oversized Lego set. But it’s far more complicated. Since I-85 in Buckhead collapsed March 30, dozens of C.W. Matthews employees have worked 24 hours a day to demolish the old bridge and build the new one. State inspectors have been at their side, checking...
Dr. Andrew Dekle story illustration
112016docDekle4 Main image panel for fourth installment of Doctors Project. Illustrations by Richard Watkins

1:50 AM Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

112016docDekle4 Main image panel for fourth installment of Doctors Project. Illustrations by Richard Watkins