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About Dan Whisenhunt, Editor:
I’m an Alabama boy who moved to Atlanta in 2011. I founded Decaturish.com in 2013.
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 Decaturish.com 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.
Ellie Ritter, Assistant Editor
Ellie Ritter is an honors student at the University of Georgia, where she’s studying journalism and graphic design. She also plays the oboe in a woodwind quintet and is a member of UGA’s Association for Computing Machinery. For the past year, Ellie has written for Decaturish and Atlanta Loop, writing about neat events and even neater people throughout Atlanta.
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.
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