Dan Klepal

Reporter

Dan Klepal is a reporter on the AJC’s investigative team, focusing mainly on local and state governments. Klepal previously covered Atlanta City Hall and Cobb County, where he wrote extensively about the public investment in SunTrust Park. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Klepal covered city governments in Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky.

Latest from Dan Klepal

Subpoena nets 1.2 million new documents in Atlanta bribery probe
 A subpoena issued in September by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to the city of Atlanta has netted federal investigators 1.2 million pages of new documents in the ongoing City Hall bribery investigation. The subpoena asks for all contracts won by six companies associated with Jeff Jafari, who was an executive in the engineering firm The...

Posted: 23 days ago

A subpoena issued in September by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to the city of Atlanta has netted federal investigators 1.2 million pages of new documents in the ongoing City Hall bribery investigation. The subpoena asks for all contracts won by six companies associated with Jeff Jafari, who was an executive in the engineering firm The...
Opioid crisis: a fight on three fronts, new US attorney tells AJC
 Byung “BJay” Pak was a state legislator from Gwinnett County before President Trump named him U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia last fall. Pak previously worked in the U.S. attorney’s office from 2002 to 2008 during the time that corruption charges were brought against former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell...

Posted: 24 days ago

Byung “BJay” Pak was a state legislator from Gwinnett County before President Trump named him U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia last fall. Pak previously worked in the U.S. attorney’s office from 2002 to 2008 during the time that corruption charges were brought against former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell...
Atlanta bribery probe reaches deep into city procurement
 As Atlanta’s procurement chief, he was supposed to safeguard contracting and protect taxpayers. Instead, Adam Smith took bribes. Smith’s stunning admission in federal court this month revealed that corruption at City Hall was far more pervasive than initially believed a year ago when the federal probe of pay-to-play contracting ...

Posted: 24 days ago

As Atlanta’s procurement chief, he was supposed to safeguard contracting and protect taxpayers. Instead, Adam Smith took bribes. Smith’s stunning admission in federal court this month revealed that corruption at City Hall was far more pervasive than initially believed a year ago when the federal probe of pay-to-play contracting ...
Federal prosecutors say Atlanta bribery figure deserves leniency
 The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked a judge for leniency when former city of Atlanta procurement chief Adam Smith is sentenced on Tuesday. Smith pleaded guilty in September to accepting at least $30,000 in bribes over the past several years, and faces between four and five years in prison. To find out why federal prosecutors think...

2:59 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked a judge for leniency when former city of Atlanta procurement chief Adam Smith is sentenced on Tuesday. Smith pleaded guilty in September to accepting at least $30,000 in bribes over the past several years, and faces between four and five years in prison. To find out why federal prosecutors think...
Key Atlanta bribery figure secretly recorded conversations
 Federal prosecutors delivered a bombshell in the City Hall bribery investigation Wednesday, when they filed a court document revealing the city’s former top purchasing officer has made secret recordings for the government’s case. Adam Smith had been the city’s chief procurement officer since 2003, until Mayor Kasim...

11:33 PM Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Federal prosecutors delivered a bombshell in the City Hall bribery investigation Wednesday, when they filed a court document revealing the city’s former top purchasing officer has made secret recordings for the government’s case. Adam Smith had been the city’s chief procurement officer since 2003, until Mayor Kasim...
Atlanta pension boards sue city over merger
 The new year has brought a civil war between the city of Atlanta and two of its three pension boards. Boards for police officers and general employees sued the city, former Mayor Kasim Reed and newly minted mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms last week for pushing through a consolidation, which was approved by city council on Dec. 13. The pension...

11:29 PM Wednesday, Jan. 03, 2018

The new year has brought a civil war between the city of Atlanta and two of its three pension boards. Boards for police officers and general employees sued the city, former Mayor Kasim Reed and newly minted mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms last week for pushing through a consolidation, which was approved by city council on Dec. 13. The pension...
HIV/AIDS council members fired by Trump; 2 Atlantans among them
 Two Atlantans were among the final 10 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS who were fired en masse by the Trump administration Wednesday through a form letter delivered by FedEx. Patrick Sullivan, a professor and epidemiologist at Emory University, and Oliver Clyde Allen III, an author and pastor at The Vision Church of...

11:27 PM Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

Two Atlantans were among the final 10 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS who were fired en masse by the Trump administration Wednesday through a form letter delivered by FedEx. Patrick Sullivan, a professor and epidemiologist at Emory University, and Oliver Clyde Allen III, an author and pastor at The Vision Church of...
Change in Section 8 rule makes best neighborhoods more accessible
 An Obama-era program that begins Jan. 1 could help people across metro Atlanta who are dependent on subsidized housing move into safer neighborhoods and send their children to better schools. The Atlanta metro area is one of 23 across the country in which the so-called “small area fair market rents” rule must be adopted. That...

8:11 PM Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

An Obama-era program that begins Jan. 1 could help people across metro Atlanta who are dependent on subsidized housing move into safer neighborhoods and send their children to better schools. The Atlanta metro area is one of 23 across the country in which the so-called “small area fair market rents” rule must be adopted. That...
Flu season arrives early in Georgia and challenges flu vaccine
 This year’s flu season may be a real headache, in part because the vaccine contained in flu shots is much less effective against the most severe form of influenza — a strain known as H3N2, which has been dominant so far this season. Health care experts in Australia, which suffers through its flu season from June through August...

9:52 PM Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

This year’s flu season may be a real headache, in part because the vaccine contained in flu shots is much less effective against the most severe form of influenza — a strain known as H3N2, which has been dominant so far this season. Health care experts in Australia, which suffers through its flu season from June through August...
Top 5 reasons you could win the Georgia lottery — but never see a dime
 Check the fine print. The lottery reserves the right to deny prizes based on a review of the ticket purchase, and since 2014 it’s done that 270 times for winners of scratch-off games of a $1,000 or more. Here are the top five reasons a winning ticket holder could be denied scratch-off prize money: 1. Trying to cash a ticket for...

12:59 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Check the fine print. The lottery reserves the right to deny prizes based on a review of the ticket purchase, and since 2014 it’s done that 270 times for winners of scratch-off games of a $1,000 or more. Here are the top five reasons a winning ticket holder could be denied scratch-off prize money: 1. Trying to cash a ticket for...
Ga. lottery denies millions in prizes to winners of scratch-off games
 The Georgia Lottery Commission has refused to pay more than $17.1 million in scratch-off game prizes since 2014 — the year lottery officials instituted a policy of investigating big-money winners. The lottery has issued 270 denial letters to winners of $1,000 or more in the past four years, citing a variety of suspicions that could...

12:52 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

The Georgia Lottery Commission has refused to pay more than $17.1 million in scratch-off game prizes since 2014 — the year lottery officials instituted a policy of investigating big-money winners. The lottery has issued 270 denial letters to winners of $1,000 or more in the past four years, citing a variety of suspicions that could...





Dan Klepal

Reporter

Dan Klepal is a reporter on the AJC’s investigative team, focusing mainly on local and state governments. Klepal previously covered Atlanta City Hall and Cobb County, where he wrote extensively about the public investment in SunTrust Park. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Klepal covered city governments in Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky.

Latest from Dan Klepal

Subpoena nets 1.2 million new documents in Atlanta bribery probe
 A subpoena issued in September by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to the city of Atlanta has netted federal investigators 1.2 million pages of new documents in the ongoing City Hall bribery investigation. The subpoena asks for all contracts won by six companies associated with Jeff Jafari, who was an executive in the engineering firm The...

Posted: 23 days ago

A subpoena issued in September by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to the city of Atlanta has netted federal investigators 1.2 million pages of new documents in the ongoing City Hall bribery investigation. The subpoena asks for all contracts won by six companies associated with Jeff Jafari, who was an executive in the engineering firm The...
Opioid crisis: a fight on three fronts, new US attorney tells AJC
 Byung “BJay” Pak was a state legislator from Gwinnett County before President Trump named him U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia last fall. Pak previously worked in the U.S. attorney’s office from 2002 to 2008 during the time that corruption charges were brought against former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell...

Posted: 24 days ago

Byung “BJay” Pak was a state legislator from Gwinnett County before President Trump named him U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia last fall. Pak previously worked in the U.S. attorney’s office from 2002 to 2008 during the time that corruption charges were brought against former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell...
Atlanta bribery probe reaches deep into city procurement
 As Atlanta’s procurement chief, he was supposed to safeguard contracting and protect taxpayers. Instead, Adam Smith took bribes. Smith’s stunning admission in federal court this month revealed that corruption at City Hall was far more pervasive than initially believed a year ago when the federal probe of pay-to-play contracting ...

Posted: 24 days ago

As Atlanta’s procurement chief, he was supposed to safeguard contracting and protect taxpayers. Instead, Adam Smith took bribes. Smith’s stunning admission in federal court this month revealed that corruption at City Hall was far more pervasive than initially believed a year ago when the federal probe of pay-to-play contracting ...
Federal prosecutors say Atlanta bribery figure deserves leniency
 The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked a judge for leniency when former city of Atlanta procurement chief Adam Smith is sentenced on Tuesday. Smith pleaded guilty in September to accepting at least $30,000 in bribes over the past several years, and faces between four and five years in prison. To find out why federal prosecutors think...

2:59 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked a judge for leniency when former city of Atlanta procurement chief Adam Smith is sentenced on Tuesday. Smith pleaded guilty in September to accepting at least $30,000 in bribes over the past several years, and faces between four and five years in prison. To find out why federal prosecutors think...
Key Atlanta bribery figure secretly recorded conversations
 Federal prosecutors delivered a bombshell in the City Hall bribery investigation Wednesday, when they filed a court document revealing the city’s former top purchasing officer has made secret recordings for the government’s case. Adam Smith had been the city’s chief procurement officer since 2003, until Mayor Kasim...

11:33 PM Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Federal prosecutors delivered a bombshell in the City Hall bribery investigation Wednesday, when they filed a court document revealing the city’s former top purchasing officer has made secret recordings for the government’s case. Adam Smith had been the city’s chief procurement officer since 2003, until Mayor Kasim...
Atlanta pension boards sue city over merger
 The new year has brought a civil war between the city of Atlanta and two of its three pension boards. Boards for police officers and general employees sued the city, former Mayor Kasim Reed and newly minted mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms last week for pushing through a consolidation, which was approved by city council on Dec. 13. The pension...

11:29 PM Wednesday, Jan. 03, 2018

The new year has brought a civil war between the city of Atlanta and two of its three pension boards. Boards for police officers and general employees sued the city, former Mayor Kasim Reed and newly minted mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms last week for pushing through a consolidation, which was approved by city council on Dec. 13. The pension...
HIV/AIDS council members fired by Trump; 2 Atlantans among them
 Two Atlantans were among the final 10 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS who were fired en masse by the Trump administration Wednesday through a form letter delivered by FedEx. Patrick Sullivan, a professor and epidemiologist at Emory University, and Oliver Clyde Allen III, an author and pastor at The Vision Church of...

11:27 PM Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

Two Atlantans were among the final 10 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS who were fired en masse by the Trump administration Wednesday through a form letter delivered by FedEx. Patrick Sullivan, a professor and epidemiologist at Emory University, and Oliver Clyde Allen III, an author and pastor at The Vision Church of...
Change in Section 8 rule makes best neighborhoods more accessible
 An Obama-era program that begins Jan. 1 could help people across metro Atlanta who are dependent on subsidized housing move into safer neighborhoods and send their children to better schools. The Atlanta metro area is one of 23 across the country in which the so-called “small area fair market rents” rule must be adopted. That...

8:11 PM Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

An Obama-era program that begins Jan. 1 could help people across metro Atlanta who are dependent on subsidized housing move into safer neighborhoods and send their children to better schools. The Atlanta metro area is one of 23 across the country in which the so-called “small area fair market rents” rule must be adopted. That...
Flu season arrives early in Georgia and challenges flu vaccine
 This year’s flu season may be a real headache, in part because the vaccine contained in flu shots is much less effective against the most severe form of influenza — a strain known as H3N2, which has been dominant so far this season. Health care experts in Australia, which suffers through its flu season from June through August...

9:52 PM Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

This year’s flu season may be a real headache, in part because the vaccine contained in flu shots is much less effective against the most severe form of influenza — a strain known as H3N2, which has been dominant so far this season. Health care experts in Australia, which suffers through its flu season from June through August...
Top 5 reasons you could win the Georgia lottery — but never see a dime
 Check the fine print. The lottery reserves the right to deny prizes based on a review of the ticket purchase, and since 2014 it’s done that 270 times for winners of scratch-off games of a $1,000 or more. Here are the top five reasons a winning ticket holder could be denied scratch-off prize money: 1. Trying to cash a ticket for...

12:59 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Check the fine print. The lottery reserves the right to deny prizes based on a review of the ticket purchase, and since 2014 it’s done that 270 times for winners of scratch-off games of a $1,000 or more. Here are the top five reasons a winning ticket holder could be denied scratch-off prize money: 1. Trying to cash a ticket for...
Ga. lottery denies millions in prizes to winners of scratch-off games
 The Georgia Lottery Commission has refused to pay more than $17.1 million in scratch-off game prizes since 2014 — the year lottery officials instituted a policy of investigating big-money winners. The lottery has issued 270 denial letters to winners of $1,000 or more in the past four years, citing a variety of suspicions that could...

12:52 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

The Georgia Lottery Commission has refused to pay more than $17.1 million in scratch-off game prizes since 2014 — the year lottery officials instituted a policy of investigating big-money winners. The lottery has issued 270 denial letters to winners of $1,000 or more in the past four years, citing a variety of suspicions that could...





Dan Klepal

Reporter

Dan Klepal is a reporter on the AJC’s investigative team, focusing mainly on local and state governments. Klepal previously covered Atlanta City Hall and Cobb County, where he wrote extensively about the public investment in SunTrust Park. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Klepal covered city governments in Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky.

Latest from Dan Klepal

Subpoena nets 1.2 million new documents in Atlanta bribery probe
 A subpoena issued in September by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to the city of Atlanta has netted federal investigators 1.2 million pages of new documents in the ongoing City Hall bribery investigation. The subpoena asks for all contracts won by six companies associated with Jeff Jafari, who was an executive in the engineering firm The...

Posted: 23 days ago

A subpoena issued in September by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to the city of Atlanta has netted federal investigators 1.2 million pages of new documents in the ongoing City Hall bribery investigation. The subpoena asks for all contracts won by six companies associated with Jeff Jafari, who was an executive in the engineering firm The...
Opioid crisis: a fight on three fronts, new US attorney tells AJC
 Byung “BJay” Pak was a state legislator from Gwinnett County before President Trump named him U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia last fall. Pak previously worked in the U.S. attorney’s office from 2002 to 2008 during the time that corruption charges were brought against former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell...

Posted: 24 days ago

Byung “BJay” Pak was a state legislator from Gwinnett County before President Trump named him U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia last fall. Pak previously worked in the U.S. attorney’s office from 2002 to 2008 during the time that corruption charges were brought against former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell...
Atlanta bribery probe reaches deep into city procurement
 As Atlanta’s procurement chief, he was supposed to safeguard contracting and protect taxpayers. Instead, Adam Smith took bribes. Smith’s stunning admission in federal court this month revealed that corruption at City Hall was far more pervasive than initially believed a year ago when the federal probe of pay-to-play contracting ...

Posted: 24 days ago

As Atlanta’s procurement chief, he was supposed to safeguard contracting and protect taxpayers. Instead, Adam Smith took bribes. Smith’s stunning admission in federal court this month revealed that corruption at City Hall was far more pervasive than initially believed a year ago when the federal probe of pay-to-play contracting ...
Federal prosecutors say Atlanta bribery figure deserves leniency
 The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked a judge for leniency when former city of Atlanta procurement chief Adam Smith is sentenced on Tuesday. Smith pleaded guilty in September to accepting at least $30,000 in bribes over the past several years, and faces between four and five years in prison. To find out why federal prosecutors think...

2:59 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked a judge for leniency when former city of Atlanta procurement chief Adam Smith is sentenced on Tuesday. Smith pleaded guilty in September to accepting at least $30,000 in bribes over the past several years, and faces between four and five years in prison. To find out why federal prosecutors think...
Key Atlanta bribery figure secretly recorded conversations
 Federal prosecutors delivered a bombshell in the City Hall bribery investigation Wednesday, when they filed a court document revealing the city’s former top purchasing officer has made secret recordings for the government’s case. Adam Smith had been the city’s chief procurement officer since 2003, until Mayor Kasim...

11:33 PM Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Federal prosecutors delivered a bombshell in the City Hall bribery investigation Wednesday, when they filed a court document revealing the city’s former top purchasing officer has made secret recordings for the government’s case. Adam Smith had been the city’s chief procurement officer since 2003, until Mayor Kasim...
Atlanta pension boards sue city over merger
 The new year has brought a civil war between the city of Atlanta and two of its three pension boards. Boards for police officers and general employees sued the city, former Mayor Kasim Reed and newly minted mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms last week for pushing through a consolidation, which was approved by city council on Dec. 13. The pension...

11:29 PM Wednesday, Jan. 03, 2018

The new year has brought a civil war between the city of Atlanta and two of its three pension boards. Boards for police officers and general employees sued the city, former Mayor Kasim Reed and newly minted mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms last week for pushing through a consolidation, which was approved by city council on Dec. 13. The pension...
HIV/AIDS council members fired by Trump; 2 Atlantans among them
 Two Atlantans were among the final 10 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS who were fired en masse by the Trump administration Wednesday through a form letter delivered by FedEx. Patrick Sullivan, a professor and epidemiologist at Emory University, and Oliver Clyde Allen III, an author and pastor at The Vision Church of...

11:27 PM Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

Two Atlantans were among the final 10 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS who were fired en masse by the Trump administration Wednesday through a form letter delivered by FedEx. Patrick Sullivan, a professor and epidemiologist at Emory University, and Oliver Clyde Allen III, an author and pastor at The Vision Church of...
Change in Section 8 rule makes best neighborhoods more accessible
 An Obama-era program that begins Jan. 1 could help people across metro Atlanta who are dependent on subsidized housing move into safer neighborhoods and send their children to better schools. The Atlanta metro area is one of 23 across the country in which the so-called “small area fair market rents” rule must be adopted. That...

8:11 PM Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

An Obama-era program that begins Jan. 1 could help people across metro Atlanta who are dependent on subsidized housing move into safer neighborhoods and send their children to better schools. The Atlanta metro area is one of 23 across the country in which the so-called “small area fair market rents” rule must be adopted. That...
Flu season arrives early in Georgia and challenges flu vaccine
 This year’s flu season may be a real headache, in part because the vaccine contained in flu shots is much less effective against the most severe form of influenza — a strain known as H3N2, which has been dominant so far this season. Health care experts in Australia, which suffers through its flu season from June through August...

9:52 PM Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

This year’s flu season may be a real headache, in part because the vaccine contained in flu shots is much less effective against the most severe form of influenza — a strain known as H3N2, which has been dominant so far this season. Health care experts in Australia, which suffers through its flu season from June through August...
Top 5 reasons you could win the Georgia lottery — but never see a dime
 Check the fine print. The lottery reserves the right to deny prizes based on a review of the ticket purchase, and since 2014 it’s done that 270 times for winners of scratch-off games of a $1,000 or more. Here are the top five reasons a winning ticket holder could be denied scratch-off prize money: 1. Trying to cash a ticket for...

12:59 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Check the fine print. The lottery reserves the right to deny prizes based on a review of the ticket purchase, and since 2014 it’s done that 270 times for winners of scratch-off games of a $1,000 or more. Here are the top five reasons a winning ticket holder could be denied scratch-off prize money: 1. Trying to cash a ticket for...
Ga. lottery denies millions in prizes to winners of scratch-off games
 The Georgia Lottery Commission has refused to pay more than $17.1 million in scratch-off game prizes since 2014 — the year lottery officials instituted a policy of investigating big-money winners. The lottery has issued 270 denial letters to winners of $1,000 or more in the past four years, citing a variety of suspicions that could...

12:52 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

The Georgia Lottery Commission has refused to pay more than $17.1 million in scratch-off game prizes since 2014 — the year lottery officials instituted a policy of investigating big-money winners. The lottery has issued 270 denial letters to winners of $1,000 or more in the past four years, citing a variety of suspicions that could...