Stephen Deere

Atlanta City Hall reporter

Stephen Deere covers Atlanta City Hall and Atlanta government. He previously covered St. Louis County (Mo.) and worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Latest from Stephen Deere

Atlanta City Council members say crackdown on lobbyists needed
 As part effort of an ongoing effort to reform how business is conducted at City Hall, four Atlanta City Council members announced legislation on Monday intended to force lobbyists to clearly identify themselves and the companies they represent. The council members are concerned about people who appear before City Council to push for action...

Posted: 4 days ago

As part effort of an ongoing effort to reform how business is conducted at City Hall, four Atlanta City Council members announced legislation on Monday intended to force lobbyists to clearly identify themselves and the companies they represent. The council members are concerned about people who appear before City Council to push for action...
Proposed City of Atlanta legislation cracks down on lobbyists
 A pair of proposed Atlanta ordinances would require lobbyists to register with the city and encourage individual council members to report any violations of state lobbying law. The city currently does not have its own lobbying code. In recent years, several large cities across the country — including Phoenix, Miami, and San Jose, California...

Posted: 4 days ago

A pair of proposed Atlanta ordinances would require lobbyists to register with the city and encourage individual council members to report any violations of state lobbying law. The city currently does not have its own lobbying code. In recent years, several large cities across the country — including Phoenix, Miami, and San Jose, California...
Atlanta City Hall: Former Reed aide charged with bribery
 A second member of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s cabinet has been charged with conspiracy and accepting bribes in the federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall. Katrina Taylor-Parks, a 23-year veteran of City Hall, was accused of accepting a $2,000 bribe in 2013 through a company she owned. Her husband, DeAnthony Parks, also...

Posted: 9 days ago

A second member of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s cabinet has been charged with conspiracy and accepting bribes in the federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall. Katrina Taylor-Parks, a 23-year veteran of City Hall, was accused of accepting a $2,000 bribe in 2013 through a company she owned. Her husband, DeAnthony Parks, also...
Report: Reed’s staff bonuses violated state constitution, city charter
 A confidential investigative report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration, along with the City Council, violated the state Constitution by paying roughly $800,000 in bonuses just before Reed left office in December. The 90-page report from the Thompson Hine LLP law...

Posted: 10 days ago

A confidential investigative report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration, along with the City Council, violated the state Constitution by paying roughly $800,000 in bonuses just before Reed left office in December. The 90-page report from the Thompson Hine LLP law...
Legal defense for Atlanta judge’s ethics case improper, city says
 Atlanta City Attorney Nina Hickson has fired the lawyer representing municipal court Judge Terrinee Gundy, arguing in a letter that the more than $30,000 the city has paid for Gundy’s legal representation in a Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission investigation is improper under state law. Now Atlanta City Council President Felicia...

Posted: 14 days ago

Atlanta City Attorney Nina Hickson has fired the lawyer representing municipal court Judge Terrinee Gundy, arguing in a letter that the more than $30,000 the city has paid for Gundy’s legal representation in a Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission investigation is improper under state law. Now Atlanta City Council President Felicia...
FAA probes potential misuse of Atlanta airport funds, cites AJC story
 The Federal Aviation Administration — citing an article published exclusively in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — has opened an inquiry into the possible misuse of millions of dollars in airport revenue to pay legal fees associated with a federal corruption investigation at City Hall. The AJC’s article detailed how...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Federal Aviation Administration — citing an article published exclusively in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — has opened an inquiry into the possible misuse of millions of dollars in airport revenue to pay legal fees associated with a federal corruption investigation at City Hall. The AJC’s article detailed how...
Reed, city concealed secret $147K payout to fired Atlanta airport boss
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed reached secret terms in a settlement with the airport general manager he fired in 2016, agreeing to pay Miguel Southwell $147,000 more than was disclosed to the City Council and the public, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation has found. The August 2016 settlement, reached in the heat of the presidential...

Posted: 15 days ago

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed reached secret terms in a settlement with the airport general manager he fired in 2016, agreeing to pay Miguel Southwell $147,000 more than was disclosed to the City Council and the public, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation has found. The August 2016 settlement, reached in the heat of the presidential...
FAA probes possible misuse of Atlanta airport funds; agency cites AJC story
 The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation into the possible unlawful use of revenue at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport based on an article published in The Atlanta Journal Constitution. The news story, which was published on AJC.com in late June, details how the city paid three law firms more than $7 million...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation into the possible unlawful use of revenue at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport based on an article published in The Atlanta Journal Constitution. The news story, which was published on AJC.com in late June, details how the city paid three law firms more than $7 million...
CONFIDENTIAL REPORT: Atlanta’s cyber attack could cost taxpayers $17 million
 The cyber attack that struck the City of Atlanta in March could cost taxpayers as much as $17 million, according to a report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The seven-page document — marked “confidential and privileged” — identifies roughly $6 million in existing contracts along...

Posted: 16 days ago

The cyber attack that struck the City of Atlanta in March could cost taxpayers as much as $17 million, according to a report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The seven-page document — marked “confidential and privileged” — identifies roughly $6 million in existing contracts along...
City of Atlanta’s attempt at transparency questioned
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms unveiled her open checkbook initiative in April, promising to “set a new standard for government transparency.” But nearly four months later, the program that will allow citizens to track city spending to the penny via on online portal is not operational. And Tuesday, the chairman of the city...

Posted: 17 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms unveiled her open checkbook initiative in April, promising to “set a new standard for government transparency.” But nearly four months later, the program that will allow citizens to track city spending to the penny via on online portal is not operational. And Tuesday, the chairman of the city...
Corruption probe at Atlanta City Hall shifts from bribes to spending
 Federal investigators over the past two years have peered into nearly every corner of Atlanta City Hall. The corruption probe started with a subpoena related to a pair of outside contractors and one of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s campaign advisers. Then it pivoted, with one aimed at the airport, Watershed and Public Works departments...

Posted: 20 days ago

Federal investigators over the past two years have peered into nearly every corner of Atlanta City Hall. The corruption probe started with a subpoena related to a pair of outside contractors and one of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s campaign advisers. Then it pivoted, with one aimed at the airport, Watershed and Public Works departments...