Johnny Edwards

Johnny Edwards

Johnny Edwards joined FOX 5’s I-Team as an investigative reporter in 2023, making the jump to broadcast news after 25 years in print journalism. He previously worked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he served on the investigative team and won numerous awards for rooting out corruption and abuse.

Over the course of his career, Johnny reported on how a county commissioner engineered a kickback scheme to cover up her financial problems and how two rural sheriffs turned jail inmates into personal laborers for their reelection campaigns and private businesses. He dodged bullets in Iraq, stood next to Chuck D at James Brown's funeral, and later became the first Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter to win an Emmy Award.

Johnny is an Atlanta native who grew up in Cobb County and graduated from the University of Georgia’s journalism school with a degree in telecommunications. After abandoning plans to become a media lawyer, in 1998 he answered an ad for a job with a North Fulton County weekly newspaper, and immediately became hooked on a career that pays people to relentlessly pursue the truth, no matter who doesn’t like it. Johnny moved on to daily newspapers in Marietta, Canton, Lynchburg, Va., and Augusta. While working for The Augusta Chronicle, he spent time as an embedded reporter with U.S. Marines and Army Reservists during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

After more than a decade away, he returned to Atlanta to work for his hometown newspaper. In 2014, he 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, her husband, her chief of staff and an evangelist. Edwards won Common Cause Georgia’s Democracy Award for that work, as well as an Emmy for his collaborations with WSB-TV.

In 2016, he served on the team behind the newspaper’s "Doctors & Sex Abuse" project, a Pulitzer finalist, and recorded a related 6-episode podcast series called "Predator M.D." Johnny 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. In 2022, he was part of the team behind the AJC's "Dangerous Dwellings" series on persistently dangerous apartment complexes, winner of national awards from both Investigative Reporters & Editors and the National Headliners Awards.

Johnny has one adult daughter and lives in DeKalb County with his wife and their border collie. Johnny is a certified scuba diver, a jogger, a history buff, a Jekyll Island lover, a Pink Floyd fanatic and, along with his daughter, a major Hawks fan. If you have tips or story ideas, you can follow Johnny on X at @JohnEdwardsFox5 or email him at John.Edwards@fox.com.

The latest from Johnny Edwards

Ex-employee claims indicted Hall County solicitor retaliated after she spoke to the GBI

A former executive assistant to Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard claims in a lawsuit her boss retaliated after she cooperated with GBI agents, whose probe led to Woodard's 24-count felony indictment. The Whistleblower lawsuit against both Woodard and the county government says the former assistant, Michelle Daniel, went to Human Resources for help, but instead wound up getting the boot.

After I-Team investigations, ATL and Riverdale to automatically refund drivers wrongly ticketed by speed cams

Drivers who automatically received speeding tickets from school zone cameras, which they didn't deserve, will get their money back automatically. The FOX 5 I-Team uncovered thousands of bogus tickets caused by cameras being out of sync with flashing school zone lights. Two cities, Atlanta and Riverdale, have begun issuing refunds, and motorists won't have to go out of their way to get their money back.

Clayton County sheriff under fire for spending $3 million on take-home EVs amid budget shortfall

Clayton County Sheriff Levon Allen faces criticism for spending $3 million on a fleet of electric cars. They're not for moving prisoners or chasing criminals, but take-home cars for jail workers' daily commutes, a way to recruit and retain employees. The purchase irks some critics because Allen blew through his allotted budged, the county lacks charging stations and some of the cars have been sitting in a parking lot unused, still bearing dealer tags.

Doraville PD releasing some drivers charged with DUI, while others go to jail

Doraville denies giving an ex-councilman special treatment when, instead of taking him to jail on a DUI charge, an officer drove him home. A review of records by the FOX 5 I-Team finds Doraville PD takes some DUI suspects to jail, and lets others go, which may be a bigger problem. The city blames a policy change by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, which has Doraville struggling at times to cover its shifts.

DFCS stands by firing of supervisor over Gwinnett rolling pin beating case

Georgia DFCS isn't backing down after firing two social workers over the death of an 8-year-old Gwinnett County girl. The agency took another look at the case after fired supervisor Alexandria Armah spoke out to the FOX 5 I-Team. DFCS still says Armah improperly closed a prior complaint into the family of Sayra Barros, which Armah denies.

Liens placed on more than 90K Georgia vehicles because of school zone speeding tickets

The FOX 5 I-Team has learned more than 90,000 Georgia vehicles are blocked from renewing their license plate registrations because of unpaid speeding tickets issued by automated school zone cameras. Some drivers told the I-Team they didn't know they had unpaid tickets, because they didn't arrive in the mail, or someone else was driving the car at the time. Critics say the system tramples due process rights.