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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

mark m. bello

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Mark Bello is an attorney, civil justice advocate, award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series who draws upon 42 years of courtroom experience, a passion for justice, and his creative writing style to pen captivating novels for his readers and hard-hitting commentaries on controversies in the news.

Bello was one of the first attorneys to sue the Catholic Church over sexual abuse by clergy, an experience that inspired his debut novel, Betrayal of Faith. Through his “ripped from the headlines” novels, he takes readers deep into the courtroom fights to protect our most precious rights and gives us a front-row glimpse into what victims face when standing up for justice. His sixth novel, Supreme Betrayal, was released on April 1, 2021.

In his books, articles, and blogs at, Bello calls out abuses of power as he empowers readers, the media, and ordinary citizens to fight for their rights as guaranteed under the Constitution.

For more information, visit

stacy fitzgerald

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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.)

Jim Florio


James J. Florio served as governor of New Jersey from 1990 - 1994. He is known for initiatives to regulate firearms, including banning assault weapons, improving the environment and addressing the state's serious financial crisis. He received the 1993 Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for his veto of efforts by a Republican legislature to overturn the state's assault weapon ban.

Florio served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1974 until January 16, 1990, when he was inaugurated as governor. In Congress, Florio authored the so-called "Superfund" law to clean up the most polluted sites in the country. Among his many other accomplishments, Florio wrote the Northeast Rail Services Act of 1981. He was elected to Congress after serving in the New Jersey State Assembly.

Following his service as governor, Florio was appointed a University Professor for Public Policy and Administration at the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University. An attorney, he is founding partner of the law firm, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton & Taylor. He is chairman of the firm's energy, environmental law, government and regulatory affairs and healthcare law groups.

Bob gatty

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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.

Gatty served as press secretary and chief of staff to Rep. Edwin B. Forsythe (R-NJ) from 1970-75 and to Rep. James J Florio from 1976-78.

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. He also hosts the NFN Radio News podcast, now available on all major podcast channels.

Steve Hamelman

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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.


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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.

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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. 

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