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Meet the Team
Dan Whisenhunt, Editor & Publisher
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.
Mary M 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
Ellie Ritter, Assistant Editor
Ellie Ritter is an honors student at the University of Georgia, where she’s studying journalism, international affairs, philosophy and graphic design. She also serves on the executive board of UGA’s Roosevelt Institute, a student-run policy think tank, and conducts research on environmental politics.
For the past two years, Ellie has written for Decaturish and Atlanta Loop, writing about neat events and even neater people throughout Atlanta. Prior to joining Decaturish, she wrote for Decatur High School’s student-run magazine, Carpe Diem, where her work earned her national awards and landed her as a finalist for the Georgia Champion Journalist of the Year.
Johnathan Phillips, Photographer
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. Now 30 years later he makes a living capturing moments around the world and preserving them through film.
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 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!”
Heather Karellas, Contributor
Heather Karellas is a Decatur resident and an enthusiast for all things local, especially good food and drinks. While she spent her childhood in Massachusetts, she’s lived in metro Atlanta for nearly two decades. Her freelance work includes writing and editing for a variety of clients including major corporations such as Georgia-Pacific as well as smaller, family-owned companies and individuals.
In her “day job,” she works as Development Director at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Heather is also the Curriculum Coordinator for The Homestead Atlanta. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School (double major in History). Her hobbies include running, hiking, making dad jokes, and spending time with her dog and “beer nerd” husband. You can find out more about Heather and her work at www.heatherkarellas.com.
About the logo
If you like the look of the Decaturish logo, you should check out the work of graphic designer Brittany Luiz. She is a Georgia native, growing up in Conyers and now living in Duluth. To see more of her work, click here.
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.