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Coffee is my uncredited ghost writer.

Coffee is my uncredited ghost writer.

Dan Whisenhunt, Editor and Publisher:

Email: editor@decaturish.com

Phone: 404-542-2562

I’m an Alabama boy who moved to Atlanta in 2011.  In 2012, I moved to the Decatur area, and I think I’ll stay put for awhile.

I cut my teeth as a journalist with the Anniston Star in Anniston, Ala. I spent four wonderful years there, three as a reporter and one as an assistant editor. After that, I worked at the Times Free Press in Chattanooga, Tenn. as the county government reporter. From there, I moved to Reporter Newspapers in Sandy Springs, Ga., where I worked as assistant editor and digital content manager.

I started this website in May 2013 as a personal project, done in my spare time. Our page views grew more quickly than I expected and we’ve become a trusted source for local news. I am working to develop a sustainable online-only revenue model that will provide local journalism free of charge to residents in the Atlanta metro area.

I started my company with some basic ideas in mind:

– I want to promote responsible content creation, meaning that we will never ask our contributors to produce content for free.

– I want to create a site where our contributors will almost never hear the word “no” when they want to try something new. News should be interesting and innovative.

– I want a news product that strives to provide the same transparency we expect of our government.

– I want a news product that’s always accountable to its readers. Without you, we wouldn’t exist.

Mary Margaret Stewart, Assistant Editor 

Mary Margaret Stewart is a freshman at the University of Georgia. She’s double-majoring in Spanish and Journalism and is a member of the UGA Ecotones, a student acappella group. Prior to college, she served as a staff writer and editor on Decatur High School’s student-run magazine, Carpe Diem. Over the past summer, Mary Margaret interned for Decaturish, covering local news in and around the Atlanta area.

Dena Mellick, contributor 

Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is a writer and producer who lives in Decatur, GA with her husband and two (usually misbehaving) dogs. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, she moved to Atlanta to pursue her Master of Theological Studies from Emory University, deciding to stick with the theme of low-pay yielding degrees.

Dena has worked in both local and national TV news, most recently as a producer and copy editor for CNN. She enjoys covering health and wellness, theology and religion, and most anything having to do with cute animals. You can follow her at twitter.com/DenaMellick to learn about her tea du jour, developments in the always exciting world of religion, and the occasional adorable animal meme.

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Ralph Ellis

Ralph Ellis, contributor

Ralph Ellis officially joined Decaturish.com on Aug. 22.

He is a writer and editor who has lived in Decatur since 2006. He  previously worked for Decatur/Avondale Estates Patch and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He has three grown children and is married to Susan Puckett, a food journalist. They can often be seen walking around downtown Decatur with their greyhound, Laney.

Email: rvance52@gmail.com

Carey O’Neil, contributor

Carey O'Neil

Carey O’Neil

Carey left the harsh Maine winters, where he spent the first 18 years of his life, for college at UGA’s journalism school. He edited his college paper The Red & Black, and then left Georgia for a gig as a business reporter up in Chattanooga, TN. The Scenic City, as they call it, was a bit too sleepy, so he left for the excitement of Atlanta in 2012.

Carey lives in Midtown and would never dream of leaving. He loves all things music, football, rec sports and video/board games. He always wants to hear the crazy adventures of interesting people (i.e. pretty much everyone), so let him know if you have a story to share.

His ultimate goal is to spend his days helping make Atlanta even better. If you’re doing anything to address the city’s homelessness, poverty, food access, public health, or [insert your issue here], get in touch and he will cover the crap out of you!

Jonathan Phillips, photographer

Jonathan Phillips

Jonathan Phillips

Jonathan Phillips has been taking photographs since the age of six when his father first taught him the basics of how to use a camera. His passion for photography has grown over time and now 30 years later he makes a living capturing moments around the world and preserving them through film (or I guess more to the point digital images.)

He joined Decaturish in 2014, has worked at numerous daily newspapers up and down the East Coast for 11 years as a staff photojournalist and in 2011 started his own company where he freelances full time. Some of his current clients, besides Decaturish, include the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia State University and Stone Mountain Park.

Jonathan grew up in the metro Atlanta area, enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, kayaking and hiking, anything zombie related, video games and of course anything and everything related to photography.

Nicki Salcedo, contributor

Nicki Salcedo

Nicki Salcedo

Nicki Salcedo is a Decatur resident and Atlanta native. She is a novelist, blogger, and a working mom. Chances are good she is the room parent for your child’s class at school, and she is doing a terrible job.

She has a degree in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University. Despite her West Coast education, she considers herself Southern by sensibility, if not by birth. Southern things include talking to ghosts, saying hello to strangers, and waving to drivers with nice manners. Nicki is active in Atlanta’s writing community. She is the author of the novel “All Beautiful Things” and “Intersections” based on her essays from Decaturish.

You may see Nicki and her family walking around town. She doesn’t recommend doing the same. Get a cat. Stay at home. But if you do see her, please say “Hello!”

Emily Chapman, contributor

Emily Chapman

Emily Chapman

Emily Chapman has an anthropology degree and a career in tech support: you know, the classic path for an ambitious young person. She’s a thrift store enthusiast and enjoys fine leather shoes. Her main hobbies include drinking good beer on well-maintained porches and watching British television. Long walks on the beach distress her. She has very strong feelings about 1970s young adult fiction.

Emily started her writing career at HackCollege, where she once wrote about making a neti pot out of a shot glass. You can find her other work on xoJaneThe Toast, and her very own blog. She spends a lot of time on Twitter retweeting cat jokes and on Instagram making fun of Cosmo. When not typing words on the internet, you can find her at Dad’s Garage, cleaning wine glasses out of the bathroom trash cans.

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  • OK … this looks like fun. I am an Atlanta native who grew up in Alabama and moved back here 25 years ago. I live in Atlanta about half a block from the Decatur city limits. I’m a writer, editor and writing coach. Like Ralph, I am an escapee from the AJC.

    • Nice to meet you. This is a pretty fun website, I have to say. Where did you live when you were growing up?

  • I grew up in Tuskegee. I graduated from the University of Alabama (I don’t think I want to say the year, LOL).

    • It’s all right. You’re probably like me and get better with age. 🙂

  • Love what you’re doing here. We used to say “Go Patch!” Now it’s just “Patch: Go.”

    Now, all I need is a SandySpringsish…

    🙂

    • Thanks, Tim. Please consider making a donation. It keeps our contributors happy.

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