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About Us

Founder and editor:
Ruby Sinreich

Travis Crayton
Molly De Marco
Jeff Miles

Editors emeriti:
Jason Baker
Erin Crouse
Damon Seils

"OP's a place where candidates for office really must show up... For local progressives, and office-holder wannabees, reading OP is de rigueur."

OrangePolitics (OP) was founded by Ruby Sinreich in 2003. OP has twice won "Best Blog" from the Independent Weekly, as well as other awards and recognition. The mission of OP is to encourage residents of Orange County, North Carolina, to get involved in their community by offering progressive perspectives on local and regional issues. Active participants at OP include local elected officials, community leaders, nascent and veteran activists, and a smattering of journalists brave enough to share their thoughts online. Readers can find community dialog, heated debate, and live breaking information about a wide variety of issues.

Since 2003, we have shared breaking news, foisted both expert and novice opinions, live-blogged public meetings, hosted hot debates, and influenced many a news story. Our specialty has been highlighting local problems that might otherwise be forgotten and putting them on public agenda, but our primary goal is to get our residents (many of whom are already progressive activists) to focus on local issues where they can really have an impact.

Since 2011, OP has been led by a group of editors who help make sure the site has good content and high-quality conversations.

Learn more about OP: Blog entries in About this site and OP News categories.

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Finalist, Best Local Blog, Independent Weekly Best of the Triangle 2012, 06/06/2012

Best Local Blog, Independent Weekly Best of the Triangle 2005, 04/06/2005

Village Pride Award 09/16/2004

Best Blog, Independent Weekly Best of the Triangle 2004 04/21/2004

OrangePolitics.org in the news: Adding the personal to a public debate by Ruby Sinreich News & Observer Q Section, 10/22/06

The Revolution Will Be Blogged The Independent Weekly, 5/10/06 "Best Local Blog of 2005" The Independent Weekly, 4/6/05

"The Blogosphere" Boiling Point, March 2005 (PDF)

"3URLs" interview with Ruby Sinreich on AudioActivism.org. Click here to listen to the first part of the interview where Ruby discusses OrangePolitics.org. (22:42 10.3MB MP3 file)

Shooting the Breeze with Jean Bolduc, WCHL 9/30/04

"Local politics site celebrates 1st year"
The Daily Tarheel, 9/27/04

Village Pride Award, WCHL, 9/16/04

"Politics powers online discussions"
Chapel Hill News, 9/10/04

"Best Blog of 2004" The Independent Weekly, 4/21/04

The State of Things, WUNC, 12/10/03

"Web offers residents chance to weigh in on local politics"
The Daily Tarheel, 10/8/03

Updated April 2012.


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