Escape the echo.

the echo.

Abridge News tackles news echo chambers by providing our users with quick facts, an opinion spectrum, and reader reactions for trending stories.

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Quick Facts

Each of our topics is introduced with relevant, factual information. We imagine a reader coming across the topic with little to no background context on the story and ask, “what essential information is needed before engaging with opinions?”

Opinion Spectrum

For each topic, we curate four interesting op-ed pieces and sort them on our spectrum based on the op-ed’s content. We don’t sort based on a publication’s reputation. We hand-select every piece we feature and don’t use an algorithm.

Reader Reactions

Our users react to each featured op-ed on our spectrum, choosing statements like “Surprisingly, I agree” or “This doesn’t paint the full picture.” Then, they see reaction results from our full community. No shouting involved.

For more information on our editorial process, click here.

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Our Team

  • Laura Carpenter
    Co-Founder & CEO

    Laura Carpenter runs the business side of things. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Georgia Tech. Outside of Abridge News, she’s a marathon runner and a diehard Carolina Panthers fan!

  • David Byas-Smith
    Co-Founder & CTO

    David is our builder. He does the coding and design work for Abridge News. He holds a Computer Science degree from Georgia Tech. Outside of Abridge News, he loves cooking, photography, and tinkering with new technologies.

  • Kristine Sowers
    Content Team

    Kristine keeps our content fresh on Abridge News. Each day, she leads decisions about which topics to cover and which op-eds to feature. She holds degrees in English and Spanish from Davidson College and was a high school teacher before joining the team.

  • Madi Johnson
    Content Team

    Madi is our marketer. She leads PR initiatives, and contributes written content to our website each week. She holds an A.B. degree in History with a secondary field in Economics from Harvard College.

  • Regina O'Brien
    Newsletter Team

    Regina's in your inbox! Apart from writing our newsletter, Regina teaches high school math in Boston through Teach For America. She graduated in 2020 from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in International Economics, and loved leading its varsity fencing team and all-women's a cappella group.

  • Joseph Ratliff
    Content Team

    Joseph helps us write our topics and develop new projects. He holds a degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University. Outside of Abridge News, he enjoys discovering new restaurants, keeping up with current events, and taking care of his dog, Hank.

  • Ethan McFarlin
    Tech Team

    Ethan McFarlin is a burgeoning tech enthusiast who works under David to design and implement new features. He is a freshman studying Computer Science and Government at Harvard College. Outside of Abridge News, he enjoys hiking and skiing along the front-range.

  • Sethu Odayappan
    Content Team

    Sethu is initially from Mansfield, Massachusetts, and he is currently a sophomore at Harvard College studying economics and statistics. In his free time, he loves to read the news, play tennis, and spend time with friends.

  • Ben Tietze
    Special Projects

    Ben currently works as a strategy consultant at EY-Parthenon. He graduated from HBS in 2019 and before that worked in solutions engineering, technical program management, marketing, and business development at eBay and Convertro (AOL / Verizon).

Our mission is to increase empathy and critical thinking
in the world by exploring diverse perspectives.