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

Gun control groups outspend NRA in Ga., reversing an old story line
 Last year’s mass shooting of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., refocused national attention on gun control and led many to call for politicians to stop accepting money from the National Rifle Association. But in the campaigning that followed, Georgia politicians still accepted thousands from the...

Posted: 7 days ago

Last year’s mass shooting of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., refocused national attention on gun control and led many to call for politicians to stop accepting money from the National Rifle Association. But in the campaigning that followed, Georgia politicians still accepted thousands from the...
Stone Mountain Park to close Saturday in face of protests
 On the eve of Super Bowl weekend with an estimated 1 million visitors in town, one of the state’s largest and most recognizable tourist attractions announced it will close Saturday. The Stone Mountain Memorial Association made the announcement closing the 3,600-acre park, best known for the mammoth carving of Confederate leaders...

Posted: 19 days ago

On the eve of Super Bowl weekend with an estimated 1 million visitors in town, one of the state’s largest and most recognizable tourist attractions announced it will close Saturday. The Stone Mountain Memorial Association made the announcement closing the 3,600-acre park, best known for the mammoth carving of Confederate leaders...
Stone Mountain Park closure: what you need to know
 Stone Mountain Park will be closed Saturday to prevent protesters from gathering there. Here’s what you need to know. The park is closed to vehicles and pedestrians, including ticket-holders to Snow Mountain and other attractions. Only visitors with reservations at the park’s campground or hotel will be allowed to enter or leave...

Posted: 19 days ago

Stone Mountain Park will be closed Saturday to prevent protesters from gathering there. Here’s what you need to know. The park is closed to vehicles and pedestrians, including ticket-holders to Snow Mountain and other attractions. Only visitors with reservations at the park’s campground or hotel will be allowed to enter or leave...
‘Pro-white’ rally at Stone Mountain collapses amid internal strife
 A Saturday rally at Stone Mountain by small group of white supremacists and white nationalists seeking to grab media attention during Super Bowl weekend has collapsed amid apparent infighting and fears for their personal safety. “The event was undermined by people who were supposed to be on my side,” said John Michael Estes, a...

Posted: 20 days ago

A Saturday rally at Stone Mountain by small group of white supremacists and white nationalists seeking to grab media attention during Super Bowl weekend has collapsed amid apparent infighting and fears for their personal safety. “The event was undermined by people who were supposed to be on my side,” said John Michael Estes, a...
Kaepernick’s shadow still looms as NFL biggest game comes to Atlanta
 When Maroon 5 canceled a planned press conference to discuss the band’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance, this much was made crystal clear: Despite the NFL’s efforts to move on, the controversy ignited by quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem as a way to protest...

Posted: 21 days ago

When Maroon 5 canceled a planned press conference to discuss the band’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance, this much was made crystal clear: Despite the NFL’s efforts to move on, the controversy ignited by quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem as a way to protest...
Kaepernick’s shadow still looms as NFL biggest game comes to Atlanta
 When Maroon 5 canceled a planned press conference to discuss the band’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance, this much was made crystal clear: Despite the NFL’s efforts to move on, the controversy ignited by quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem as a way to protest...

Posted: 21 days ago

When Maroon 5 canceled a planned press conference to discuss the band’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance, this much was made crystal clear: Despite the NFL’s efforts to move on, the controversy ignited by quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem as a way to protest...
Civil rights groups to rally in Piedmont Park ahead of Super Bowl
 A coalition of civil rights groups is using the visibility brought by the Super Bowl to stage a rally Feb. 2 to call national attention to continuing racial inequality in the state. Richard Rose, president of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP, said the rally will highlight voting issues, income inequality and “Georgia’s allegiance...

Posted: 26 days ago

A coalition of civil rights groups is using the visibility brought by the Super Bowl to stage a rally Feb. 2 to call national attention to continuing racial inequality in the state. Richard Rose, president of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP, said the rally will highlight voting issues, income inequality and “Georgia’s allegiance...
White nationalists plan Stone Mountain rally Super Bowl weekend
 A group of white nationalists and white supremacists are moving ahead with plans to hold a “pro-white” rally at Stone Mountain on the Saturday before the Super Bowl despite being denied an official permit. “To hell with their permit. The Constitution is our permit,” said Michael Weaver, a white nationalist activist...

Posted: 27 days ago

A group of white nationalists and white supremacists are moving ahead with plans to hold a “pro-white” rally at Stone Mountain on the Saturday before the Super Bowl despite being denied an official permit. “To hell with their permit. The Constitution is our permit,” said Michael Weaver, a white nationalist activist...
Falcons fans find something to cheer about in Super Bowl matchup
 Well, how ‘bout dat? Thanks to a 57-yard, overtime field goal, Falcons fans were saved the embarrassment of watching their hated rival, the New Orleans Saints, compete in the Super Bowl in two weeks in Atlanta’s glitzy new stadium. Anyone who doubts the deep veins in this Deep South rivalry wasn’t at the Midway Pub in East...

3:42 AM Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Well, how ‘bout dat? Thanks to a 57-yard, overtime field goal, Falcons fans were saved the embarrassment of watching their hated rival, the New Orleans Saints, compete in the Super Bowl in two weeks in Atlanta’s glitzy new stadium. Anyone who doubts the deep veins in this Deep South rivalry wasn’t at the Midway Pub in East...
Ga. lawmaker who defended Klan named to House post on eve of King Day
 House Speaker David Ralston Friday named as one of his committee chairs a state representative who opposed the erection of a statue to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of the State Capitol and said the Ku Klux Klan made “people straighten up.” Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, will chair the House Retirement Committee...

10:55 PM Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

House Speaker David Ralston Friday named as one of his committee chairs a state representative who opposed the erection of a statue to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of the State Capitol and said the Ku Klux Klan made “people straighten up.” Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, will chair the House Retirement Committee...
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...

10:16 PM Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

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...