(OP) is a local political blog focused on Orange County, North Carolina
. It 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 to get involved in their community by offering progressive perspectives on local and regional issues. Active participants at OP include locally elected officials, community leaders, nascent and veteran activists and journalists. Readers can find community dialog, heated debate and live breaking information about a wide variety of issues.
Since 2011, OP has been led by a group of editors who seek to ensure that the site has good content and high-quality conversations.
Orange County is governed by a county government. The county incluces four municipalities: Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and a small part of Mebane. The two school districts are Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools.