Donovan Thomas

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reporter Profile

Donovan Thomas is a health reporter covering the long-term effects of the pandemic in Georgia for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A recent graduate of Howard University, Thomas studied journalism and Spanish, was editor-in-chief of the student paper and president of the student chapter of The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting. He has interned on The Washington Post’s metro desk, The New York Times’ investigations desk, and the metro desk at The Charlotte Observer. Thomas was a ProPublica Emerging Reporter in 2021-22, and a White House Correspondents’ Association Scholar. He still enjoys reading the broadsheet newspaper and hard copies of books, and loves cooking, ballet, “Jeopardy!,” and the Saints.

Beat: Longterm effects of the pandemic for Georgia

These health beat reporters chronicle the long-term effects of the pandemic on Georgia, focusing on communities—demographic and geographic—that have suffered the most and will likely face the most recovery challenges. The two reporters will examine the state's health care infrastructure, which already was facing challenges, long-COVID effects and lingering damage to survivors. Providing great storytelling, the journalist illuminates for readers the challenges of an equitable and humane recovery.