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

Triggerman in socialite Lita Sullivan’s murder released from prison
 The man convicted of being the triggerman in the 1987 murder of Buckhead socialite Lita McClinton Sullivan is free. Phillip Anthony “Tony” Harwood was released Friday from Coastal State Prison, after serving a 20-year prison sentence, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. A former truck driver, Harwood in...

Posted: a minute ago

The man convicted of being the triggerman in the 1987 murder of Buckhead socialite Lita McClinton Sullivan is free. Phillip Anthony “Tony” Harwood was released Friday from Coastal State Prison, after serving a 20-year prison sentence, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. A former truck driver, Harwood in...
Metro youths continue patriotic tradition on Memorial Day weekend
 The significance of the 18,742 marble headstones in Marietta National Cemetery was not lost on Evan Sheridan, as the 10-year-old Boy Scout on Saturday tried his best to make sure the American flags he planted stood up straight and were 6 inches from the center of each stone. “I’m here to honor the soldiers who served our...

Posted: 2 hours ago

The significance of the 18,742 marble headstones in Marietta National Cemetery was not lost on Evan Sheridan, as the 10-year-old Boy Scout on Saturday tried his best to make sure the American flags he planted stood up straight and were 6 inches from the center of each stone. “I’m here to honor the soldiers who served our...
Kasim Reed’s repayments to Atlanta now top $50,000
 Since 2015, former Mayor Kasim Reed has used more than $50,000 from his personal and campaign bank accounts to repay taxpayers for charges he made on his city-issued credit card. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News recently obtained documentation of a previously unknown $15,631 check Reed wrote to the city from his...

Posted: a day ago

Since 2015, former Mayor Kasim Reed has used more than $50,000 from his personal and campaign bank accounts to repay taxpayers for charges he made on his city-issued credit card. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News recently obtained documentation of a previously unknown $15,631 check Reed wrote to the city from his...
Meals, laundry and a Vegas fight: bodyguards used city cards for Reed
 Members of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s police protection unit routinely used city-issued credit cards to pick up thousands of dollars in fast food and dry cleaning for the former mayor, despite clear policy forbidding any use of the cards for personal purchases. Reed reimbursed taxpayers for only a fraction of those expenses, an Atlanta...

Posted: 2 days ago

Members of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s police protection unit routinely used city-issued credit cards to pick up thousands of dollars in fast food and dry cleaning for the former mayor, despite clear policy forbidding any use of the cards for personal purchases. Reed reimbursed taxpayers for only a fraction of those expenses, an Atlanta...
Reed withheld subpoena aimed at airport in Atlanta bribery probe
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration last year withheld from the public a potentially explosive federal subpoena, concealing the full scope of the corruption investigation at City Hall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The 10-point subpoena — dated Sept. 9, 2016, and kept from...

Posted: 11 days ago

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration last year withheld from the public a potentially explosive federal subpoena, concealing the full scope of the corruption investigation at City Hall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The 10-point subpoena — dated Sept. 9, 2016, and kept from...
Atlanta City Hall bonuses also went to council staff, new records show
 The year-end spending spree on bonuses and contest prizes at Atlanta City Hall cost taxpayers a lot more than previously known, and included bonuses City Council members gave to staffers. Newly obtained documents by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reveal that taxpayers were handed an $811,000 holiday tab for year-end...

Posted: 22 days ago

The year-end spending spree on bonuses and contest prizes at Atlanta City Hall cost taxpayers a lot more than previously known, and included bonuses City Council members gave to staffers. Newly obtained documents by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reveal that taxpayers were handed an $811,000 holiday tab for year-end...
Exclusive: Year-end bonuses under Reed cost Atlanta taxpayers $811,000
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s year-end bonuses and gifts cost taxpayers $811,000, or nearly $300,000 more than previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The additional spending falls into two general categories: additional employees who received bonuses or awards that were not on the...

Posted: 23 days ago

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s year-end bonuses and gifts cost taxpayers $811,000, or nearly $300,000 more than previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The additional spending falls into two general categories: additional employees who received bonuses or awards that were not on the...
No violations in text, record case, law firm tells Atlanta and GBI
 A law firm with close ties to former Mayor Kasim Reed presented a defense to the GBI that current and former city officials of his administration did not break the law last year in response to public records requests from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Holland & Knight delivered its legal defense to the GBI...

Posted: 23 days ago

A law firm with close ties to former Mayor Kasim Reed presented a defense to the GBI that current and former city officials of his administration did not break the law last year in response to public records requests from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Holland & Knight delivered its legal defense to the GBI...
Three more Atlanta department heads return controversial bonus checks
 Three more high-ranking city of Atlanta officials have returned bonus checks handed out last year by former Mayor Kasim Reed. The most recent group to return $10,000 end-of-year bonuses were Tim Keane, commissioner of planning and community development; Faye DiMassimo, general manager of Renew Atlanta; and Stephanie Stuckey Benfield...

Posted: 25 days ago

Three more high-ranking city of Atlanta officials have returned bonus checks handed out last year by former Mayor Kasim Reed. The most recent group to return $10,000 end-of-year bonuses were Tim Keane, commissioner of planning and community development; Faye DiMassimo, general manager of Renew Atlanta; and Stephanie Stuckey Benfield...
Atlanta police chief Shields returns controversial $10K bonus check
 Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields on Tuesday wrote a check for $10,000 to the city, returning the year-end bonus she received from former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. Shields becomes at least the fourth city employee to decline the bonus or return the money. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reported...

Posted: 28 days ago

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields on Tuesday wrote a check for $10,000 to the city, returning the year-end bonus she received from former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. Shields becomes at least the fourth city employee to decline the bonus or return the money. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reported...
Taxpayers cover $60K Harvard tuition for Atlanta’s exiting CFO
 Taxpayers will spend at least $90,000 on tuition and salary so Atlanta’s chief financial officer can complete a six-week business management training program at Harvard University. When CFO Jim Beard returns to the city next month, he’ll have a prestigious new line on his resume. But he won’t have a job. Beard&rsquo...

Posted: 29 days ago

Taxpayers will spend at least $90,000 on tuition and salary so Atlanta’s chief financial officer can complete a six-week business management training program at Harvard University. When CFO Jim Beard returns to the city next month, he’ll have a prestigious new line on his resume. But he won’t have a job. Beard&rsquo...





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

Triggerman in socialite Lita Sullivan’s murder released from prison
 The man convicted of being the triggerman in the 1987 murder of Buckhead socialite Lita McClinton Sullivan is free. Phillip Anthony “Tony” Harwood was released Friday from Coastal State Prison, after serving a 20-year prison sentence, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. A former truck driver, Harwood in...

Posted: a minute ago

The man convicted of being the triggerman in the 1987 murder of Buckhead socialite Lita McClinton Sullivan is free. Phillip Anthony “Tony” Harwood was released Friday from Coastal State Prison, after serving a 20-year prison sentence, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. A former truck driver, Harwood in...
Metro youths continue patriotic tradition on Memorial Day weekend
 The significance of the 18,742 marble headstones in Marietta National Cemetery was not lost on Evan Sheridan, as the 10-year-old Boy Scout on Saturday tried his best to make sure the American flags he planted stood up straight and were 6 inches from the center of each stone. “I’m here to honor the soldiers who served our...

Posted: 2 hours ago

The significance of the 18,742 marble headstones in Marietta National Cemetery was not lost on Evan Sheridan, as the 10-year-old Boy Scout on Saturday tried his best to make sure the American flags he planted stood up straight and were 6 inches from the center of each stone. “I’m here to honor the soldiers who served our...
Kasim Reed’s repayments to Atlanta now top $50,000
 Since 2015, former Mayor Kasim Reed has used more than $50,000 from his personal and campaign bank accounts to repay taxpayers for charges he made on his city-issued credit card. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News recently obtained documentation of a previously unknown $15,631 check Reed wrote to the city from his...

Posted: a day ago

Since 2015, former Mayor Kasim Reed has used more than $50,000 from his personal and campaign bank accounts to repay taxpayers for charges he made on his city-issued credit card. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News recently obtained documentation of a previously unknown $15,631 check Reed wrote to the city from his...
Meals, laundry and a Vegas fight: bodyguards used city cards for Reed
 Members of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s police protection unit routinely used city-issued credit cards to pick up thousands of dollars in fast food and dry cleaning for the former mayor, despite clear policy forbidding any use of the cards for personal purchases. Reed reimbursed taxpayers for only a fraction of those expenses, an Atlanta...

Posted: 2 days ago

Members of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s police protection unit routinely used city-issued credit cards to pick up thousands of dollars in fast food and dry cleaning for the former mayor, despite clear policy forbidding any use of the cards for personal purchases. Reed reimbursed taxpayers for only a fraction of those expenses, an Atlanta...
Reed withheld subpoena aimed at airport in Atlanta bribery probe
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration last year withheld from the public a potentially explosive federal subpoena, concealing the full scope of the corruption investigation at City Hall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The 10-point subpoena — dated Sept. 9, 2016, and kept from...

Posted: 11 days ago

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration last year withheld from the public a potentially explosive federal subpoena, concealing the full scope of the corruption investigation at City Hall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The 10-point subpoena — dated Sept. 9, 2016, and kept from...
Atlanta City Hall bonuses also went to council staff, new records show
 The year-end spending spree on bonuses and contest prizes at Atlanta City Hall cost taxpayers a lot more than previously known, and included bonuses City Council members gave to staffers. Newly obtained documents by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reveal that taxpayers were handed an $811,000 holiday tab for year-end...

Posted: 22 days ago

The year-end spending spree on bonuses and contest prizes at Atlanta City Hall cost taxpayers a lot more than previously known, and included bonuses City Council members gave to staffers. Newly obtained documents by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reveal that taxpayers were handed an $811,000 holiday tab for year-end...
Exclusive: Year-end bonuses under Reed cost Atlanta taxpayers $811,000
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s year-end bonuses and gifts cost taxpayers $811,000, or nearly $300,000 more than previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The additional spending falls into two general categories: additional employees who received bonuses or awards that were not on the...

Posted: 23 days ago

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s year-end bonuses and gifts cost taxpayers $811,000, or nearly $300,000 more than previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The additional spending falls into two general categories: additional employees who received bonuses or awards that were not on the...
No violations in text, record case, law firm tells Atlanta and GBI
 A law firm with close ties to former Mayor Kasim Reed presented a defense to the GBI that current and former city officials of his administration did not break the law last year in response to public records requests from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Holland & Knight delivered its legal defense to the GBI...

Posted: 23 days ago

A law firm with close ties to former Mayor Kasim Reed presented a defense to the GBI that current and former city officials of his administration did not break the law last year in response to public records requests from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Holland & Knight delivered its legal defense to the GBI...
Three more Atlanta department heads return controversial bonus checks
 Three more high-ranking city of Atlanta officials have returned bonus checks handed out last year by former Mayor Kasim Reed. The most recent group to return $10,000 end-of-year bonuses were Tim Keane, commissioner of planning and community development; Faye DiMassimo, general manager of Renew Atlanta; and Stephanie Stuckey Benfield...

Posted: 25 days ago

Three more high-ranking city of Atlanta officials have returned bonus checks handed out last year by former Mayor Kasim Reed. The most recent group to return $10,000 end-of-year bonuses were Tim Keane, commissioner of planning and community development; Faye DiMassimo, general manager of Renew Atlanta; and Stephanie Stuckey Benfield...
Atlanta police chief Shields returns controversial $10K bonus check
 Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields on Tuesday wrote a check for $10,000 to the city, returning the year-end bonus she received from former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. Shields becomes at least the fourth city employee to decline the bonus or return the money. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reported...

Posted: 28 days ago

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields on Tuesday wrote a check for $10,000 to the city, returning the year-end bonus she received from former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. Shields becomes at least the fourth city employee to decline the bonus or return the money. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reported...
Taxpayers cover $60K Harvard tuition for Atlanta’s exiting CFO
 Taxpayers will spend at least $90,000 on tuition and salary so Atlanta’s chief financial officer can complete a six-week business management training program at Harvard University. When CFO Jim Beard returns to the city next month, he’ll have a prestigious new line on his resume. But he won’t have a job. Beard&rsquo...

Posted: 29 days ago

Taxpayers will spend at least $90,000 on tuition and salary so Atlanta’s chief financial officer can complete a six-week business management training program at Harvard University. When CFO Jim Beard returns to the city next month, he’ll have a prestigious new line on his resume. But he won’t have a job. Beard&rsquo...





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

Triggerman in socialite Lita Sullivan’s murder released from prison
 The man convicted of being the triggerman in the 1987 murder of Buckhead socialite Lita McClinton Sullivan is free. Phillip Anthony “Tony” Harwood was released Friday from Coastal State Prison, after serving a 20-year prison sentence, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. A former truck driver, Harwood in...

Posted: a minute ago

The man convicted of being the triggerman in the 1987 murder of Buckhead socialite Lita McClinton Sullivan is free. Phillip Anthony “Tony” Harwood was released Friday from Coastal State Prison, after serving a 20-year prison sentence, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. A former truck driver, Harwood in...
Metro youths continue patriotic tradition on Memorial Day weekend
 The significance of the 18,742 marble headstones in Marietta National Cemetery was not lost on Evan Sheridan, as the 10-year-old Boy Scout on Saturday tried his best to make sure the American flags he planted stood up straight and were 6 inches from the center of each stone. “I’m here to honor the soldiers who served our...

Posted: 2 hours ago

The significance of the 18,742 marble headstones in Marietta National Cemetery was not lost on Evan Sheridan, as the 10-year-old Boy Scout on Saturday tried his best to make sure the American flags he planted stood up straight and were 6 inches from the center of each stone. “I’m here to honor the soldiers who served our...
Kasim Reed’s repayments to Atlanta now top $50,000
 Since 2015, former Mayor Kasim Reed has used more than $50,000 from his personal and campaign bank accounts to repay taxpayers for charges he made on his city-issued credit card. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News recently obtained documentation of a previously unknown $15,631 check Reed wrote to the city from his...

Posted: a day ago

Since 2015, former Mayor Kasim Reed has used more than $50,000 from his personal and campaign bank accounts to repay taxpayers for charges he made on his city-issued credit card. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News recently obtained documentation of a previously unknown $15,631 check Reed wrote to the city from his...
Meals, laundry and a Vegas fight: bodyguards used city cards for Reed
 Members of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s police protection unit routinely used city-issued credit cards to pick up thousands of dollars in fast food and dry cleaning for the former mayor, despite clear policy forbidding any use of the cards for personal purchases. Reed reimbursed taxpayers for only a fraction of those expenses, an Atlanta...

Posted: 2 days ago

Members of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s police protection unit routinely used city-issued credit cards to pick up thousands of dollars in fast food and dry cleaning for the former mayor, despite clear policy forbidding any use of the cards for personal purchases. Reed reimbursed taxpayers for only a fraction of those expenses, an Atlanta...
Reed withheld subpoena aimed at airport in Atlanta bribery probe
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration last year withheld from the public a potentially explosive federal subpoena, concealing the full scope of the corruption investigation at City Hall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The 10-point subpoena — dated Sept. 9, 2016, and kept from...

Posted: 11 days ago

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration last year withheld from the public a potentially explosive federal subpoena, concealing the full scope of the corruption investigation at City Hall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The 10-point subpoena — dated Sept. 9, 2016, and kept from...
Atlanta City Hall bonuses also went to council staff, new records show
 The year-end spending spree on bonuses and contest prizes at Atlanta City Hall cost taxpayers a lot more than previously known, and included bonuses City Council members gave to staffers. Newly obtained documents by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reveal that taxpayers were handed an $811,000 holiday tab for year-end...

Posted: 22 days ago

The year-end spending spree on bonuses and contest prizes at Atlanta City Hall cost taxpayers a lot more than previously known, and included bonuses City Council members gave to staffers. Newly obtained documents by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reveal that taxpayers were handed an $811,000 holiday tab for year-end...
Exclusive: Year-end bonuses under Reed cost Atlanta taxpayers $811,000
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s year-end bonuses and gifts cost taxpayers $811,000, or nearly $300,000 more than previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The additional spending falls into two general categories: additional employees who received bonuses or awards that were not on the...

Posted: 23 days ago

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s year-end bonuses and gifts cost taxpayers $811,000, or nearly $300,000 more than previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The additional spending falls into two general categories: additional employees who received bonuses or awards that were not on the...
No violations in text, record case, law firm tells Atlanta and GBI
 A law firm with close ties to former Mayor Kasim Reed presented a defense to the GBI that current and former city officials of his administration did not break the law last year in response to public records requests from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Holland & Knight delivered its legal defense to the GBI...

Posted: 23 days ago

A law firm with close ties to former Mayor Kasim Reed presented a defense to the GBI that current and former city officials of his administration did not break the law last year in response to public records requests from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Holland & Knight delivered its legal defense to the GBI...
Three more Atlanta department heads return controversial bonus checks
 Three more high-ranking city of Atlanta officials have returned bonus checks handed out last year by former Mayor Kasim Reed. The most recent group to return $10,000 end-of-year bonuses were Tim Keane, commissioner of planning and community development; Faye DiMassimo, general manager of Renew Atlanta; and Stephanie Stuckey Benfield...

Posted: 25 days ago

Three more high-ranking city of Atlanta officials have returned bonus checks handed out last year by former Mayor Kasim Reed. The most recent group to return $10,000 end-of-year bonuses were Tim Keane, commissioner of planning and community development; Faye DiMassimo, general manager of Renew Atlanta; and Stephanie Stuckey Benfield...
Atlanta police chief Shields returns controversial $10K bonus check
 Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields on Tuesday wrote a check for $10,000 to the city, returning the year-end bonus she received from former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. Shields becomes at least the fourth city employee to decline the bonus or return the money. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reported...

Posted: 28 days ago

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields on Tuesday wrote a check for $10,000 to the city, returning the year-end bonus she received from former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. Shields becomes at least the fourth city employee to decline the bonus or return the money. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reported...
Taxpayers cover $60K Harvard tuition for Atlanta’s exiting CFO
 Taxpayers will spend at least $90,000 on tuition and salary so Atlanta’s chief financial officer can complete a six-week business management training program at Harvard University. When CFO Jim Beard returns to the city next month, he’ll have a prestigious new line on his resume. But he won’t have a job. Beard&rsquo...

Posted: 29 days ago

Taxpayers will spend at least $90,000 on tuition and salary so Atlanta’s chief financial officer can complete a six-week business management training program at Harvard University. When CFO Jim Beard returns to the city next month, he’ll have a prestigious new line on his resume. But he won’t have a job. Beard&rsquo...