Johnny Edwards, an investigative reporter, covers the private sector and government regulation. His work at the newspaper over the past decade has rooted out corruption and abuse, leading to changes in state law and federal investigations. Edwards previously worked at daily newspapers in Lynchburg, Va., and Augusta, Ga., and served time as an embedded reporter during the invasion of Iraq. He joined the AJC in 2010 as a local government reporter covering the state’s largest county, then joined the investigative team three years later. In 2014, his reporting exposed how DeKalb County elected officials used their discretionary budgets for personal benefit, triggering an FBI investigation that resulted in criminal charges against a county commissioner and three other people. Edwards won Common Cause Georgia’s Democracy Award for that work, as well as the AJC’s first Emmy. In 2016, he served on the team behind the AJC’s Doctors & Sex Abuse project, a Pulitzer finalist, and recorded a podcast series on a predator doctor the following year. Edwards led the newspaper’s 2019 coverage of the Georgia House speaker’s use of legislative leave to delay criminal cases for clients of his private law practice, which won an Atlanta Press Club award for investigative reporting.