John McCosh

John McCosh

John McCosh, Editor-in-Chief, is a seasoned writer and editor with decades of experience in journalism and government public affairs. His skills were forged in Georgia newsrooms, where he was a business and investigative reporter, editor and bureau chief, and expanded his experience during years in nonprofit and corporate communications roles. For more than a decade at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McCosh investigated state and local government officials and operations. He also tracked regional growth and development with a focus on metro Atlanta’s population-related problems, including traffic congestion, air pollution and water quality. He first learned the power of public records to unlock information when he was a commercial real estate reporter at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. McCosh is a board member of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and active in the Georgia State Signal Alumni Group, which advises student journalists.


The Georgia Recorder gets a makeover

By: - July 21, 2021

Welcome to the revamped Georgia Recorder website. After nearly a year of planning and designing, today we unveil the new-look Georgia Recorder. Our aim is to enhance your experience on the site, and the redesigned Georgia Recorder is more functional and accessible. The site overall has a cleaner look. The flow of news on the […]

Biden rips Georgia election law, says honor late Lewis with voting rights act

By: and - July 14, 2021

PHILADELPHIA — Returning to the state that handed him the White House, President Joe Biden made a passionate plea Tuesday for Americans to rise up and protect their voting rights from a series of restrictive measures pushed by Republicans in Washington and in state capitols nationwide. “It’s up to all of us to protect that right […]


Commentary: All-$tar Game fuzzy math

By: - May 6, 2021

Why do so many seemingly reasonable people repeat the can’t-be-true claim that Major League Baseball cost Georgia businesses $100 million by moving its 2021 All-Star Game out of Cobb County? On April 3, Cobb Travel & Tourism President and CEO Holly Quinn fired that big number into the heated public debate a day after baseball […]

Warnock makes case for minimum wage hike during King Day service

By: - January 19, 2021

Days before he is set to be sworn in as Georgia’s first Black U.S. senator, the Rev. Raphael Warnock drew on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. from a pulpit where they both preached to make the case for policies he plans to make a priority once he takes on his new job in […]

Georgia’s costly U.S. Senate showdowns roil ahead of rally finales

By: - January 4, 2021

Soon after the Nov. 3 general election it was clear Georgia voters set up two U.S. Senate contests for this week and it seemed unlikely the presidential result would threaten to overshadow the high stakes battle at the ballot for control of the federal government. But when President Donald Trump campaigns for fellow Republicans and […]


JFK’s Thanksgiving wish: Be ‘humbly grateful’ for what brings us together

By: - November 26, 2020

Fifty-seven years ago, on Nov. 4, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed this Thanksgiving proclamation. Little more than two weeks later, on Nov. 22, 1963, he lost his life to an assassin’s bullet during a trip to Dallas, Texas. America is as divided as it has been lately and Kennedy’s wish that the nation unite around […]

State school board reverses course, backs deflating high-stakes tests

By: - November 19, 2020

After a large majority of Georgians surveyed supported a proposal to make high-stakes standardized tests essentially meaningless for public school students this year, the State Board of Education voted Thursday to withdraw its recommendation to count the end-of- year exams as 10% of a course grade. Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods pushed to drop the […]


Teachers are on COVID-19 front lines, let them tell us what’s happening

By: - August 14, 2020

In this moment, more than at any other time, it is non-negotiable that leaders of Georgia’s public schools operate with transparency. Georgia’s State School Superintendent Richard Woods issued a four-page statement Thursday using almost those exact words. He’s right. We are in a pandemic. School administrators and their human resources enforcers must make it clear […]

Arbery family meets with Trump, skips ‘police reform’ Rose Garden event

By: and - June 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — Relatives of Ahmaud Arbery met privately with President Donald Trump Tuesday, but did not attend a later Rose Garden event where Trump signed a modest police reform order he announced Tuesday in response to recent massive civil unrest over deadly police confrontations with African Americans. The executive order is designed to strengthen efforts to […]


Lawmakers return during pandemic, recession and historic calls for justice

By: - June 15, 2020

Three months ago, the Georgia General Assembly took a historic hiatus because of concerns about COVID-19. Today, the Georgia Recorder staff returns to the Capitol and a political environment that’s continuing the palpable sense of history in the making. We have not seen anything like this before. Lawmakers (and journalists) will wear masks. Sanitization squads […]

McBath to George Floyd’s brother: ‘I know exactly how you feel’

By: and - June 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath consoled the brother of George Floyd during a Wednesday Capitol Hill hearing as she drew on her family’s personal tragedy to appeal to lawmakers to ensure the man didn’t die in vain on the pavement in Minneapolis. “We come to this hearing today as a result of deep morally […]

Long lines blamed on technical problems, poor poll worker training

By: , , and - June 9, 2020

Updated at 7:20 p.m. At the Fulton County precinct in the former Fanplex complex on Hank Aaron Drive downtown, perspiration beaded on Carlen Funk’s face around her mask as she handed out water and snacks to the hundreds of people lined up to vote inside the long-shuttered arcade. It was 4:15 p.m. and she’d already […]