The AJC’s newsroom produces investigations and in-depth journalism that make a difference in our community. It’s hard work, and every day our journalists are
committed to credible reporting on issues that matter the most and details you cannot find anywhere else. Thank you for supporting local journalism. Some of the most impactful stories of the year:
Elderly at risk in Georgia senior care homes
An AJC team discovered that hundreds of elderly people in Georgia facilities have suffered neglect and abuse, even at some of the poshest homes. The yearlong investigation of Georgia’s senior care industry, Unprotected, began publishing in September.
Tax officials use old laws for financial gain
One-third of Georgia's county tax commissioners rake in fees for collecting a city's taxes. To uncover the story, a team of reporters had to submit records requests to 100 counties and 150 cities, seeking salary and fee information and contracts between county tax commissioners and cities in their jurisdictions.
Watchdogging your local government
This story came to light from a tip. Local reporter J.D. Capelouto asked questions no elected official had thought to ask and discovered that the promise of affordable housing was made with no understanding between the county and the developer of how much in rent is affordable.
Visual journalists put Atlanta Super Bowl in focus
During Super Bowl LIII the AJC’s photographers produced some of the newspaper’s strongest work, striking a balance between generating hard-hitting journalism and providing exclusive behind-the-scenes access.
Journalism that serves democracy
Buried in 15,000 pages of documents, Mark Niesse found details about a precinct where results on one voting machine were different from the rest. By reading through these documents, obtained under Georgia’s open records act, he uncovered a one-in-a-million anomaly turned over to Congress as part of its investigation into allegations that votes disappeared in the race for lieutenant governor.
Troubles mount at local Veterans Affairs medical facilities
The AJC has published more than half a dozen articles detailing problems at the VA, including Chris Quinn’s exclusive reporting that the hospital quietly took the unprecedented step of suspending routine surgeries for several weeks amid a breakdown in medical procedures.
Keeping you informed about the threat next door
Our work on the Sterigenics saga is led by reporter Meris Lutz. She has become an expert on ethylene oxide by reading numerous studies and documents, and talking to dozens of experts to better understand the issue. She also traveled to Illinois to report on a similar community experience.
There’s more to Waffle House than you ever knew
Our “Mini Guide to Waffle House,” included 12 original stories on what makes the 24/7 Atlanta-based chain restaurant so endearing, and uncovered little known facts about its menu, music, museum and more.
Real numbers on Falcons, United attendance
Tim Tucker uncovered a serious issue that affects fans in how much they pay for tickets. His reporting showed sports attendance, reported to a state agency, was often misrepresented and fewer people were actually attending games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
A county honors victims of the South’s hidden history
The work for Tia Mitchell began with research of the three known incidents after the DeKalb County Commission approved a resolution to authorize a lynching marker near the courthouse. Mitchell’s work took her to the Georgia Archives, the National Archives, the DeKalb History Center and the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library. She researched birth records, death certificates, census data, history books and archival photos.
Holding officials’ feet to the landfill's fire
Our local reporter Ben Brasch heard homeowner complaints about a landfill that had been burning for five months. He cut through the red tape created by multiple federal, state and local agencies and a completely unresponsive landowner to write a series of stories on the issue.
Storytelling that can inspire us all
Real journalism doesn’t just tackle tough problems. It also celebrates our region’s milestones, moments and people. Throughout 2019, we honored people who make metro Atlanta a better place. We also introduced a new feature – Inspire Atlanta.
Behind the lens
The AJC’s visual journalists help tell the story of Atlanta and its people. From breaking news and traffic nightmares to the biggest of games, our photographers were on the scene to document the moments that mattered to our readers. Go behind the scenes and see how they got these photos of the year.
From pop culture to politics — with a pen
Mike Luckovich’s cartoons illustrate issues in the news and what people are talking about. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and likes being up on the news, commenting on everything that’s going on.
A Georgia-focused eye on the nation
2019 was a year of triumph. And tragedy. One of hope. And heartbreak. Before we embark on 2020, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s content curation desk is taking a look back at the biggest stories of 2019 and their effects on the nation and Georgians.