Johnny Edwards

Reporter, Investigative Team

Johnny Edwards is a member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s investigative team, focusing on the private sector and state and federal regulation. He previously worked in Lynchburg, Va., and Augusta, Ga., and covered the invasion of Iraq as an embedded reporter.  At the AJC, Edwards’ investigation exposed how several 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.  He also served on the team behind the AJC’s Doctors & Sex Abuse project, a Pulitzer finalist, and produced a related podcast series.

Latest from Johnny Edwards

Stock sale came days before announcement sent Ebix shares plummeting
 Just before a change in auditors sent Georgia-based Ebix’s stock prices tumbling, a shareholder connected to a company insider unloaded nearly $1 million in stock. The transaction represented only a tiny fraction of the shareholder’s total investment in the worldwide fintech company, which has its headquarters in Johns Creek...

Posted: 3 days ago

Just before a change in auditors sent Georgia-based Ebix’s stock prices tumbling, a shareholder connected to a company insider unloaded nearly $1 million in stock. The transaction represented only a tiny fraction of the shareholder’s total investment in the worldwide fintech company, which has its headquarters in Johns Creek...
Would brutal Georgia murder have been prevented by Trump’s wall?
 As he made his case for a border wall in a prime-time national address, President Donald Trump pointed to the gruesome beheading of a 76-year-old Clayton County grandfather. But it was unclear Wednesday if the southern barrier that Trump is pushing for would have kept the man accused in the killing, Christian Ponce-Martinez, out of the...

Posted: 8 days ago

As he made his case for a border wall in a prime-time national address, President Donald Trump pointed to the gruesome beheading of a 76-year-old Clayton County grandfather. But it was unclear Wednesday if the southern barrier that Trump is pushing for would have kept the man accused in the killing, Christian Ponce-Martinez, out of the...
Kemp promises to reform how GA treats sexual harassment victims
 Her supervisor had her so on edge, just talking to him on the phone made her heart pound, the state employee said when she lodged a sexual harassment complaint. Once, months earlier, he reportedly had followed her up a stairwell after a meeting at the Department of Juvenile Justice’s central office. “Those pants sure are tight...

Posted: 15 days ago

Her supervisor had her so on edge, just talking to him on the phone made her heart pound, the state employee said when she lodged a sexual harassment complaint. Once, months earlier, he reportedly had followed her up a stairwell after a meeting at the Department of Juvenile Justice’s central office. “Those pants sure are tight...
Isakson aided MiMedx in its frustrations with VA
 Parker “Pete” Petit was in a bind. One of his biopharma company’s top customers, the Department of Veterans Affairs, in 2016 was looking to cut down on purchases, and the Atlanta VA had started scaling back on products from MiMedx, calling them costly and unproven, according to a Tuesday report in The Wall Street Journal...

11:27 PM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Parker “Pete” Petit was in a bind. One of his biopharma company’s top customers, the Department of Veterans Affairs, in 2016 was looking to cut down on purchases, and the Atlanta VA had started scaling back on products from MiMedx, calling them costly and unproven, according to a Tuesday report in The Wall Street Journal...
Isakson aided company accused of channel stuffing, WSJ reports
 U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson intervened to help MiMedx, a Marietta biopharma accused of over-shipping its products to Veterans Affairs hospitals, when the VA began scrutinizing the company, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. A few months prior, MiMedx had sent Isakson, R-Georgia, a check for $15,000, which was passed along...

2:21 PM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson intervened to help MiMedx, a Marietta biopharma accused of over-shipping its products to Veterans Affairs hospitals, when the VA began scrutinizing the company, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. A few months prior, MiMedx had sent Isakson, R-Georgia, a check for $15,000, which was passed along...
Auditor walks away from MiMedx, pointing to big trouble
 More troubles may be ahead for Marietta-based MiMedx, even after the ouster of top leaders and layoffs of hundreds of employees. The company remains in such turmoil that its external auditor, trying to assemble an accurate financial picture, couldn’t get enough straight answers to do its job, a new federal filing reveals. That is among...

5:55 PM Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

More troubles may be ahead for Marietta-based MiMedx, even after the ouster of top leaders and layoffs of hundreds of employees. The company remains in such turmoil that its external auditor, trying to assemble an accurate financial picture, couldn’t get enough straight answers to do its job, a new federal filing reveals. That is among...
Departure of MiMedx’s auditor points to deeper problems
 An auditor for MiMedx quit last week because the firm didn’t feel that the Marietta-based biopharma company was being forthcoming, according to a federal filing made public Monday. Ernst & Young determined that, even under MiMedx’s new leadership, internal controls needed to produce accurate financial statements “do not...

4:51 PM Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

An auditor for MiMedx quit last week because the firm didn’t feel that the Marietta-based biopharma company was being forthcoming, according to a federal filing made public Monday. Ernst & Young determined that, even under MiMedx’s new leadership, internal controls needed to produce accurate financial statements “do not...
Judge says JQC director ordered him off case involving influential attorneys
 Earlier this year, the director of the state’s judicial watchdog agency called a judge about his oversight of a business dispute and influenced him to withdraw from the case. That involvement by the Judicial Qualifications Commission in a south Georgia lawsuit now is raising the kinds of concerns critics voiced when the Legislature...

11:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 08, 2018

Earlier this year, the director of the state’s judicial watchdog agency called a judge about his oversight of a business dispute and influenced him to withdraw from the case. That involvement by the Judicial Qualifications Commission in a south Georgia lawsuit now is raising the kinds of concerns critics voiced when the Legislature...
Lawsuit accuses new Ga. Appeals Court judge of conflict of interest
 ALBANY, Ga. — When Ken Hodges takes a seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals next year, he’ll play a role in setting legal standards statewide. But a court case boiling over in this south Georgia city has raised questions about his own ethical standards as an attorney. The case involves a bitter dispute between business partners...

10:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018

ALBANY, Ga. — When Ken Hodges takes a seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals next year, he’ll play a role in setting legal standards statewide. But a court case boiling over in this south Georgia city has raised questions about his own ethical standards as an attorney. The case involves a bitter dispute between business partners...
Harassed — then investigated
 She thought the Governor’s Task Force commander had invited her to a Savannah conference for her legal expertise. Then state patrol Capt. Eddie Williams had drunkenly invited her to his bedroom during a late-night bus ride, the woman alleged in a sexual harassment complaint, and he did nothing as his rowdy subordinates tried to pull...

9:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

She thought the Governor’s Task Force commander had invited her to a Savannah conference for her legal expertise. Then state patrol Capt. Eddie Williams had drunkenly invited her to his bedroom during a late-night bus ride, the woman alleged in a sexual harassment complaint, and he did nothing as his rowdy subordinates tried to pull...
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...