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 is the Co-Founder and CEO of Abridge News. She holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School and an engineering degree from Georgia Tech. Outside of Abridge News, she works in management consulting and runs marathons.

  • David Byas-Smith
    Co-Founder & CTO

    David is the Co-Founder and CTO of Abridge News. He manages all coding and design work across the Abridge News platform and holds a Computer Science degree from Georgia Tech. Outside of Abridge News, he works as an engineer and enjoys cooking and photography.

  • Regina O'Brien
    Newsletter Editor

    Regina writes and edits our daily email newsletter. Outside of Abridge News, she's a high school math in Boston through Teach For America. She graduated in 2020 from Notre Dame with a degree in International Economics, and loved leading its varsity fencing team.

  • Ben Tietze

    Ben helps drive user testing and product strategy at Abridge News. He currently works as a strategy consultant at EY-Parthenon and graduated from Harvard Business School in 2019. Before that, he worked in solutions engineering and business development at eBay and Convertro.

  • Raffi Bhardwaj

    Raffi is a product marketer with a focus on growing partnerships and reach. He is an incoming consultant at Bain & Company and recently graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

  • Joseph Ratliff

    Joseph helps create and moderate content for Abridge News. 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.

  • Sethu Odayappan

    Sethu helps moderate content on Abridge News. He is a sophomore at Harvard College studying economics and statistics. On top of volunteering for Abridge News, he interns for the House Judiciary Committee. He loves Boston sports, playing tennis, and spending time with friends.

  • Tim Gustave

    Tim helps moderate content on Abridge News. He holds a BA in journalism from UMass Amherst, completed 3,400 hours as an AmeriCorps volunteer, and is currently pursuing a Master's in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). In his free time, he enjoys creating hip-hop and R&B.

  • Kristine Sowers

    Kristine is a content contributor and moderator for Abridge News. She is a Fulbright Scholar who works as a Spanish teacher in Washington D.C. She holds degrees in English and Spanish from Davidson College.

  • Madi Johnson

    Madi assists with special projects and content. She recently graduated from Harvard with a history degree and works at a real estate start-up in New York City.

  • Aryan Bastakoti

    Aryan helps market Abridge News across social media channels. He is currently a Senior in high school pursuing a career in business. Outside of Abridge News, he spends his time watching the NBA.

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