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.


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 […]

Early-voting social distancing hints at tight spaces, long lines Tuesday

By: and - June 8, 2020

Voters at College Park’s library precinct waited more than six hours to cast ballots on a sometimes rainy Friday as in-person early voting came to a close, an indication that Georgia’s new ballot-marking equipment will be put to the test Tuesday under COVID-19 safety precautions that were not part of the plan. The line stretched […]

Ga. early voting underway as state eases county absentee ballot rules

By: and - May 19, 2020

Jennifer Rainwater arrived at her north Atlanta polling place on the first day of Georgia’s early primary voting with an absentee ballot in hand and a mask affixed to her face. She said she didn’t have much need for either one. Why show up for in-person, touchscreen voting when she’d requested a mail-in ballot weeks […]

Atlanta Press Club candidate debates set ahead of June primary

By: - April 28, 2020

After years of originating its Georgia candidate debate series at the Georgia Public Broadcasting studios in Atlanta, the Atlanta Press Club is taking its signature election event online for the upcoming primary election. The virtual event is set to include candidates for U.S. Senate and the hotly contested race to replace outgoing Republican Congressman Rob […]


You’ve always got a next best step

By: - April 13, 2020

The Georgia Recorder platform I have today gives me an opportunity to pay forward some good advice from my past: When you’re in a personal financial crisis, there’s always a next best step. I absorbed that advice — and saw it work — during the Great Recession, when I was communications manager for the nation’s […]

WalletHub ranks Georgia economy as least exposed to coronavirus

By: - March 31, 2020

Georgia is about to find out how many people will miss their April rent and mortgage payments as thousands of workers lost their jobs already to the coronavirus economic shutdown. Georgia academic economists are predicting the state is particularly vulnerable to a downturn due to its dependence on the travel and hospitality industry. Already, Georgia […]

Gold Dome handshakes to social distancing – a Ga. COVID-19 timeline

By: - March 19, 2020

Just a little over two weeks ago U.S. Senate candidates, legislative hopefuls, lobbyists and the usual groups of student visitors converged on the Georgia Capitol on the first day candidates could qualify for 2020 elections. People were already dying of COVID-19 in other states by March 2 when U.S. Sen. David Perdue stopped by the Gold Dome to fill out his paperwork and glad hand with other politicians and some of the young visitors that day. Things have deteriorated at a head-spinning pace as you'll see in our timeline that traces the outbreak from a Chinese province late last year to this week's news that 236 state lawmakers are urged to self-quarantine because one of their own tested positive. And the lives of more than 10 million Georgians are now turned upside down.

Mental health advocates say cuts to state safety net are deadly serious

By: - February 17, 2020

Officials in charge of Georgia’s mental health safety net offered dire predictions after the governor ordered nearly all state agencies to slash spending. People suffering from mental illnesses would land in the emergency room, they said. And more people contemplating suicide would act on those impulses. Those same officials with the Department of Behavioral Health […]