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Author Jim Walls

  • Jim Walls

    Contributing Writer

    Jim Walls has been a print journalist since 1972, including 28 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a web journalist since 2009, when he launched AtlantaUnfiltered.com.

    Walls supervised investigative projects for 12 years at the AJC, including series examining cotton subsidies to millionaires, child prostitution, inequities in Georgia death sentences, and abuses in government programs to resettle refugees, protect foster children and care for disabled adults. The Center for Public Integrity, based on Walls’ reporting, ranked Georgia as having the nation’s weakest transparency and accountability laws and practices. His February 2012 article led to the indictment of State Senator Don Balfour. Walls lives in DeKalb with his wife and two daughters.


Herman Talmadge

“I don’t need money. People give me things because they believe in me.” So said Willie Stark in All the King’s Men, and so, pretty much, said Talmadge. Ethics investigators found the U.S. senator from Georgia accepted loads of undisclosed gifts: airfare, clothing, fruit of the month packages, a trampoline, and wads of cash that he stuffed in a pocket. Read more