Johnny Edwards has been with the AJC since November 2010 and is a member of the investigative team, focusing on local governments.
He grew up in Cobb and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He previously worked at daily newspapers in Lynchburg, Va., and Augusta, Ga., and served time as an embedded reporter during the invasion of Iraq.
At the AJC, he spent three years covering the Fulton County government, reporting on its tax billing problems, elections debacles, the high compensation of its tax commissioner and irregularities in Atlanta and Fulton census figures. His award-winning work includes coverage of the recession-induced property tax meltdown, faulty locks at the Fulton jail and the mutually-beneficial relationship between the Fulton tax commissioner and the county’s biggest buyer of tax liens.
Since joining the investigative team in 2013, Edwards has exposed how several elected officials used their discretionary budgets for personal benefit. One such story triggered an FBI investigation that resulted in criminal charges against a DeKalb County commissioner, who resigned her post.
Edwards lives in Sandy Springs.