Our Writers

Our blogs are written by a team of writers with various perspectives led by journalist and communications consultant Bob Gatty.

Our writers are all volunteers who simply want to share their thoughts and viewpoints to the growing Not Fake News audience. 

We welcome new voices to Not Fake News, so if you would like to join our editorial team, please contact Bob at bob@gattyedits.com.

Bob gatty

Bob is a retired journalist and communications consultant who's career has included reporting and management position on newspapers, a national wire service, and national business publications. 

His company, G-Net Strategic Communications, served numerous national trade associations where he helped launch and edited new industry magazines and provided editorial, marketing, photography and communications consulting services. He's a journalist, editor, scriptwriter, speechwriter and photographer.

Bob now lives in Myrtle Beach, SC with his wife, Jackie, where he launched Not Fake News in September 2017. NFN's blogs now reach readers across the U.S. and in nearly a dozen foreign countries. Bob also is volunteer communications director for the Horry County, SC, Democratic Party.

stacy fitzgerald

Stacy Fitzgerald is a full-time marketing and communications pro and part-time freelance writer using her considerable experience in living while black to engage in conscious storytelling. 


She enjoys politics, traveling, reading, wine and dogs and abhors arrogance, aggressiveness and anything fake. 


When she’s not working or writing, she also loves spending time with her family and practicing her considerable sarcasm skills. 

(Editor's Note: She doesn't need much practice.

cj waldron

Chris is from Upstate New York. He has earned degrees in English and Political Science from the University of New York. For almost 30 years, he taught in Schenectady, NY as an English and Special Education teacher. He has continued his career as an educator, currently as an adjunct instructor at Horry Georgetown Technical College.


Always active in politics, Chris has served as a poll reporter and worked on the campaigns of NYS Representative Paul Tonko as well as several local elections. He assisted the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama with “Get Out the Vote” efforts, passing out leaflets, making phone calls and seeking campaign contributions.He continues to be active in politics, supporting local state and national Democratic candidates. 

v. Susan Hutchinson

A native of Chicago, Susan earned a BS degree in Medical Technology from Northern Illinois University and held laboratory positions in Valdosta and Savannah, GA, Baltimore/DC and Dallas, TX before landing in the San Francisco area with a global company that sells clinical laboratory equipment and test kits.


She held training positions there and then worked in England as Regional Product Manager before returning to California in a management position in a global product support group. Susan took early retirement after 18 years with the company.  

Susan moved to Conway, SC in January 2017 where she volunteers at the American Red Cross donor center and manages volunteer scheduling. She volunteers with the Horry County Democratic Party, using her computer, writing, training and organizational skills to support Party efforts.

lauren kligman

My name is Lauren Alexandra Kligman (I love the sound of my full name, it just rolls off the tip of your tongue.) But most of my friends know me as Klig or Kligman or Kliggers.


I define myself as a 29 year old Southern woman, born and raised in Myrtle Beach, SC or Dirty Myrtle as many of my friends know it. I am an athlete; I play soccer, basketball, I have a second black-belt in karate, tennis, and softball. I have run 3 marathons and a half marathon.


I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. I now live in North Myrtle Beach, SC and work as a full time manager for my family Business Klig's Kites. 

But the best way I can define myself is that I grew up as a camper and then a counselor at Camp Seafarer. It taught me values and beliefs that helped me become Klig. It showed me what I want to do with my life: help others see the potential and good in themselves.

Steve Hamelman


With degrees from the University of Maine and Brandeis, Steve moved from Maine to Conway, SC, to work as an English professor at Coastal Carolina University. His publications range from essays on early American writers to studies of rock music.


Long active as a rock drummer in the bar-band circuit, Steve is currently a member in the Waccamaw Dreadnoughts, whose other members include Coastal administrators and teachers—all hardcore Democrats. Their new album, Rivertown, will be released in fall 2019.


Steve is a lifestyle cyclist (i.e., bikes more than he drives), is the father of two radiant daughters, and is devoted to his dog Yuri, whom he adopted from the Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission.

Joe picatello

Joe was born and raised in Newark NJ and lived in Morristown and Netcong, as well. Hew retired from the Morris County Sheriffs Dept. of Corrections in 2009, then worked in corporate security for seven years before moving to Myrtle Beach, SC to take advantage of the warm weather.


Joe has a daughter at Coastal Carolina University and two sons. His wife is an LPN working on her RN.


Joe says he has been a part-time writer since high school, when he began writing fiction, horror, comedy and crime/drama short stories. He's worked on various writing sites to learn, read, critique and be critiqued, publish, polish and edit, rejuvenate old stories and work on new ideas.


Joe self-published 2 stories on Amazon/Kindle, but still consider writing to be a hobby.

He says his father introduced him to politics at age 9. A lifelong Democrat, he was a district leader for years. Joe worked the polls handing out leaflets and hanging signs, and always maintained his father's politics and ideals.

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