Stephen Deere

Atlanta City Hall reporter

Stephen Deere covers Atlanta City Hall and Atlanta government. He previously covered St. Louis County (Mo.) and worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Latest from Stephen Deere

Super Bowl officials, visitors praise Atlanta’s Southern hospitality
 It took two years of preparation, 10,000 volunteers and law enforcement from 40 different agencies, but Atlanta’s third Super Bowl has gone into history books minus any major hiccups. On Monday, city officials didn’t bask in the gushing reviews pouring in from every corner. They just seemed relieved — and tired. At a press...

Posted: 10 days ago

It took two years of preparation, 10,000 volunteers and law enforcement from 40 different agencies, but Atlanta’s third Super Bowl has gone into history books minus any major hiccups. On Monday, city officials didn’t bask in the gushing reviews pouring in from every corner. They just seemed relieved — and tired. At a press...
NFL gives Atlanta mayor props as city says so long to Super Bowl
 Atlanta city officials on Monday morning accepted thanks from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for successfully hosting Super Bowl 53. The city received positive reviews from visiting media and NFL officials. Goodell, speaking at a joint press conference with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, singled her out for the good job the city...

Posted: 11 days ago

Atlanta city officials on Monday morning accepted thanks from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for successfully hosting Super Bowl 53. The city received positive reviews from visiting media and NFL officials. Goodell, speaking at a joint press conference with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, singled her out for the good job the city...
Former Atlanta councilman gets $25,000 payout from development agency
 Removing former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall from the city’s economic development agency payroll came at a high cost to the public, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. A Jan. 3 separation agreement with Invest Atlanta calls for Hall to receive nearly $25,000 — a full two months of his $145,000 annual salary, while...

Posted: 14 days ago

Removing former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall from the city’s economic development agency payroll came at a high cost to the public, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. A Jan. 3 separation agreement with Invest Atlanta calls for Hall to receive nearly $25,000 — a full two months of his $145,000 annual salary, while...
Atlanta disputes cost of Northside Drive bridge
 The City of Atlanta’s public works department appears to have spent millions above what lawmakers authorized to build a glitzy pedestrian bridge over Northside Drive in time for Super Bowl 53, according to figures on the city’s Open Checkbook website. Although the mayor’s office disputed the figures, the city’s auditor...

Posted: 15 days ago

The City of Atlanta’s public works department appears to have spent millions above what lawmakers authorized to build a glitzy pedestrian bridge over Northside Drive in time for Super Bowl 53, according to figures on the city’s Open Checkbook website. Although the mayor’s office disputed the figures, the city’s auditor...
UPDATE:  Bridge closed to public for Super Bowl due to security concerns
 UPDATE: City officials say the bridge’s closure is due to security concerns.  “This event has been categorized by the federal government as a Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR) Level 1,” according to an Atlanta spokesperson. “The FBI and NFL in consultation with other security partners made the determination...

Posted: 16 days ago

UPDATE: City officials say the bridge’s closure is due to security concerns.  “This event has been categorized by the federal government as a Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR) Level 1,” according to an Atlanta spokesperson. “The FBI and NFL in consultation with other security partners made the determination...
Atlanta council, mayor at odds over plan to stem corruption
 In 2017, as a federal corruption investigation  at Atlanta City Hall was expanding, public outcry for reform influenced the platforms of most politicians running for city office. Then-Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms made ethics and government transparency a cornerstone of her bid to become Atlanta’s 60th mayor. She even...

Posted: 18 days ago

In 2017, as a federal corruption investigation  at Atlanta City Hall was expanding, public outcry for reform influenced the platforms of most politicians running for city office. Then-Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms made ethics and government transparency a cornerstone of her bid to become Atlanta’s 60th mayor. She even...
Atlanta city council proposes office to investigate corruption
 Atlanta City Council members on Wednesday will unveil their own proposal to clean up corruption at City Hall. The proposal would create an independent compliance office to police allegations of public corruption or other violations of city, state and federal law as it applies to city employees, elected officials and city vendors. The office...

Posted: 23 days ago

Atlanta City Council members on Wednesday will unveil their own proposal to clean up corruption at City Hall. The proposal would create an independent compliance office to police allegations of public corruption or other violations of city, state and federal law as it applies to city employees, elected officials and city vendors. The office...
Atlanta City Council cracks down on misuse of city credit cards
 The Atlanta City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance that prohibits all spending on city issued credit cards that isn’t directly related to city business. The ordinance identifies a laundry list of banned purchases: dry cleaning, alcohol and tobacco, plane tickets for family members, cash advances, gift cards, calling cards,...

Posted: 23 days ago

The Atlanta City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance that prohibits all spending on city issued credit cards that isn’t directly related to city business. The ordinance identifies a laundry list of banned purchases: dry cleaning, alcohol and tobacco, plane tickets for family members, cash advances, gift cards, calling cards,...
Atlanta City Council seeks to limit abuse of government credit cards
 Champagne would be a no, no. So would dry cleaning, along with cash advances. Last year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reported on taxpayers picking up the tab for $10,000 hotel stays in Paris, $900 steak dinners and $2,400 political donations — all purchased with city issued credit cards. Now the Atlanta...

Posted: 25 days ago

Champagne would be a no, no. So would dry cleaning, along with cash advances. Last year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reported on taxpayers picking up the tab for $10,000 hotel stays in Paris, $900 steak dinners and $2,400 political donations — all purchased with city issued credit cards. Now the Atlanta...
Atlanta prepared for Super Bowl, yet unexpected always awaits metro area
 Last Tuesday, Atlanta’s top leaders and public safety officials struck a confident and commanding tone as they gathered in police headquarters to tout their readiness for the Super Bowl. “We have been preparing for this for a solid two years,” said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. “We are so ready for the event...

Posted: 27 days ago

Last Tuesday, Atlanta’s top leaders and public safety officials struck a confident and commanding tone as they gathered in police headquarters to tout their readiness for the Super Bowl. “We have been preparing for this for a solid two years,” said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. “We are so ready for the event...
Atlanta City Hall probe into councilman’s employment raises more questions
 An investigation by high-priced outside lawyers meant to resolve how a former Atlanta city councilman was improperly hired as a $137,000-a-year senior advisor to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has instead fueled more questions, and raised the specter that federal prosecutors investigating City Hall corruption may be interested in the...

11:30 AM Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

An investigation by high-priced outside lawyers meant to resolve how a former Atlanta city councilman was improperly hired as a $137,000-a-year senior advisor to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has instead fueled more questions, and raised the specter that federal prosecutors investigating City Hall corruption may be interested in the...