Chris Joyner

Investigative Reporter

Chris Joyner is an investigative reporter. An Atlanta native, Joyner has been with the AJC since 2010. 

Latest from Chris Joyner

Kemp orders harassment reform following AJC investigation
 On his first day in office, Gov. Brian Kemp kept a campaign promise, ordering state government to reform the way employees’ sexual harassment claims are handled. His executive order creates a centralized system with uniform standards to replace a disjointed, haphazard one that left victims seeking justice. But the reforms won&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

On his first day in office, Gov. Brian Kemp kept a campaign promise, ordering state government to reform the way employees’ sexual harassment claims are handled. His executive order creates a centralized system with uniform standards to replace a disjointed, haphazard one that left victims seeking justice. But the reforms won&rsquo...
Ga. cuts food stamps for thousands with new system tracking recipients 
 The Trump administration last week announced plans to increase enforcement of a 22-year-old law withdrawing food stamps from certain adults who are not working. But state data shows Georgia is way ahead of Washington. In 2018, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, the state administers of the federal Supplemental Nutrition...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Trump administration last week announced plans to increase enforcement of a 22-year-old law withdrawing food stamps from certain adults who are not working. But state data shows Georgia is way ahead of Washington. In 2018, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, the state administers of the federal Supplemental Nutrition...
Ga. cuts food stamps for thousands with new system tracking recipients
 The Trump administration last week announced plans to increase enforcement of a 22-year-old law withdrawing food stamps from certain adults who are not working. But state data shows Georgia is way ahead of Washington. In 2018, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, the state administers of the federal Supplemental Nutrition...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Trump administration last week announced plans to increase enforcement of a 22-year-old law withdrawing food stamps from certain adults who are not working. But state data shows Georgia is way ahead of Washington. In 2018, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, the state administers of the federal Supplemental Nutrition...
AJC Analysis: Absentee voting pitfalls tripped thousands of Ga. voters
 When Bartow County resident Shelly Hamner filled out her absentee ballot for the November general election, she had her husband check her work. “I’ve never really done absentee before,” she said. “I said, ‘Make sure I did this right. I don’t want it to be rejected.’” Georgia’s absentee...

Posted: 28 days ago

When Bartow County resident Shelly Hamner filled out her absentee ballot for the November general election, she had her husband check her work. “I’ve never really done absentee before,” she said. “I said, ‘Make sure I did this right. I don’t want it to be rejected.’” Georgia’s absentee...
Two women say a state employee flashed them. He’s still on the job.
 In March, custodian Mary Davis was chatting with a friend while on the job at the Georgia World Congress Center cleaning up before a car show when she said a maintenance man emerged from the men’s room with his pants open, waving his penis at the women. Both women filed written sexual harassment complaints to superiors against the man...

11:00 AM Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

In March, custodian Mary Davis was chatting with a friend while on the job at the Georgia World Congress Center cleaning up before a car show when she said a maintenance man emerged from the men’s room with his pants open, waving his penis at the women. Both women filed written sexual harassment complaints to superiors against the man...
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Booting shooting victim ‘thankful’ to be alive
 An Atlanta man allegedly shot by a booting company employee said he is just happy to be alive. “I’m definitely in pain, but I’m thankful,” said Matt Stevens, 27. Stevens said he and a friend were returning early Thursday morning from a late night out in Buckhead when they discovered Stevens’ car had been booted...

6:10 PM Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018

An Atlanta man allegedly shot by a booting company employee said he is just happy to be alive. “I’m definitely in pain, but I’m thankful,” said Matt Stevens, 27. Stevens said he and a friend were returning early Thursday morning from a late night out in Buckhead when they discovered Stevens’ car had been booted...
Ga. officials reject supremacist rally at Stone Mountain
 White supremacists had planned on capitalizing on the international attention drawn to Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII to stage a rally at Stone Mountain next February, but the state body that oversees the park said no. In a Nov. 7 letter, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association denied a permit to “Rock Stone Mountain II” organizers...

9:56 PM Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

White supremacists had planned on capitalizing on the international attention drawn to Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII to stage a rally at Stone Mountain next February, but the state body that oversees the park said no. In a Nov. 7 letter, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association denied a permit to “Rock Stone Mountain II” organizers...
Georgia militia leader promises to protect Trump with “use of force”
 The leader of the Georgia Security Force III%, an anti-government group whose heavily armed members have shown up at far-right protests for the last several years, told a Danish news reporter his group is prepared to respond with “with use of force” against Democrats to protect President Donald Trump. Chris Hill, a former Marine...

10:00 PM Monday, Nov. 05, 2018

The leader of the Georgia Security Force III%, an anti-government group whose heavily armed members have shown up at far-right protests for the last several years, told a Danish news reporter his group is prepared to respond with “with use of force” against Democrats to protect President Donald Trump. Chris Hill, a former Marine...
North GA chicken firm pays $2.25 million to settle collusion claims
 Fieldale Farms, a Baldwin, Ga., chicken producer, has agreed to pay $2.2. million to extract itself from a federal, class-action lawsuit alleging massive price fixing by the major players in the broiler industry, a conspiracy the plaintiffs say was aided by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The settlement agreement is the latest development...

8:30 PM Monday, Nov. 05, 2018

Fieldale Farms, a Baldwin, Ga., chicken producer, has agreed to pay $2.2. million to extract itself from a federal, class-action lawsuit alleging massive price fixing by the major players in the broiler industry, a conspiracy the plaintiffs say was aided by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The settlement agreement is the latest development...
AJC EXCLUSIVE: Women working in GA prisons endure harassment, groping — by male guards
 Lewd insults. Groping. Never-ending sexual propositions. That’s what women working in Georgia’s prison system say they endure every day. Dealing with incarcerated criminals, the women knew going into the job that they could face men trying to intimidate them, or worse. But dozens of women’s accounts in state records aren&rsquo...

11:00 AM Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Lewd insults. Groping. Never-ending sexual propositions. That’s what women working in Georgia’s prison system say they endure every day. Dealing with incarcerated criminals, the women knew going into the job that they could face men trying to intimidate them, or worse. But dozens of women’s accounts in state records aren&rsquo...