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About the editor: Jim Walls

I’m an ink-stained wretch. Or a reporter’s editor. Or clunky and unpolished. More likely, all three and then some. I won’t even tell you what my reporters used to call me. Ask them if you run into them.

I was a print journalist for 38 years, the last 28 at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, primarily as an editor. I ran the Gwinnett County bureau and the suburban, city and night desks at various times. I was privileged to work with a team of very talented investigative reporters for my last 12 years at the AJC.

When the newspaper trimmed its staff in 2008, I took a buyout and prepared to change careers. But plans changed as I watched the newspaper business implode along with the public service journalism that I devoted my career to. So Atlanta Unfiltered was born to support and promote investigative journalism in Georgia.



A journalist’s work speaks for itself. Here are some of the AJC stories I supervised:

Honors and awards

Editors don’t generally get their names on journalism prizes. But here are a few awards won by projects that I supervised:

  • Philip Meyer Journalism Award, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (2nd place), 2007
  • Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting (finalist), 2005
  • Health Care Journalism Award, National Institute for Health Care Management, 2002
  • Silver Gavel Award for public service, American Bar Association, 1994
  • Silver Gavel Award for public service, State Bar of Georgia, 1994, 1999, 2001 Green Eyeshade Awards, investigative reporting, 2005
  • Best of Cox Awards: public service, 1999, 2002; investigative reporting, 2001, 2005; writer of the year, 2002
  • Georgia Associated Press:
    • story of the year, 2002, 2007
    • public service, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007
    • non-deadline reporting, 1998, 1999, 2008
    • eature writing, 2001
  • Georgia Press Association:
    • community service, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2002
    • hard news writing, 1998, 1999
    • investigative reporting, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008


Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Special projects/investigation editor (1996-2008)
  • Assistant metro editor (1992-96)
  • Suburban editor, city editor, acting metro editor (1988-92)
  • Night city desk (1984-88)
  • Gwinnett bureau chief (1984)
  • Reporter, Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb county courts & government (1980-83)

Savannah News-Press

  • reporter, state news editor (1977-80)

Globe Newspapers, Fairfax, Va.

  • reporter & editor (1972-77, sandwiched around a 1-year gap when I took off to see America)


  • Graduated 1970, Annandale High School, Annandale, Va.


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