The OC Report

Welcome to the OC Report from The Daily Tar Heel. The OC Report (for Orange County and Our Communities) is aimed at full-time residents of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. We invite you to be part of this news coverage, by sending in community columns, texting us the questions you want answered (Text OCREPORT to 919-237-2123), coming to live gatherings and signing up for the OC Report newsletter.

You can also help us expand. We've got big plans, but we need the help of our readers to pay for their news. Here's what could be possible.

  • At $1,000 per month from the community, we'll provide editor and reporter resources for a weekly email newsletter and expanded web presence for news and community op-eds/letters to the editor. This would include monthly gatherings.
  • At $3,000 per month, the weekly newsletter PLUS two-page section added to the printed  paper and delivered to 197 boxes across the county. Donors benefits would include the page PDFs emailed to them in a special email.
  • For $5,000, we could hire of a team of two students to work full-time on local coverage throughout the summer break. That's $250/week for 10 weeks.
  • An additional $2,000/month would allow us to hire a part-time adviser to improve the student training and institutional memory.

Go to startthepresses.org today to help us build the OC Report into what Our Communities deserve.

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Tammy McNair, Chapel Hill Transit bus driver, smiles before driving the T route on Friday May 31, 2019.

A day in the life of a Chapel Hill Transit driver

The grip of Tammy McNair’s leather-gloved hands tightened as she watched the red light turn to green. Her foot eased off the brake as she spun the wide steering wheel, turning the bus onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in one smooth motion.  She cruised toward campus, keeping a careful eye on the pedestrians on the sidewalk as she pulled onto one of Chapel Hill’s many narrow streets. McNair slowed to a stop at the side of the road, greeting three passengers as they got on the T bus.  While many Chapel Hill residents were just then heading to work or class, Tammy was already on her second route of the day. 


Lydia Lavelle is the current mayor of Carrboro, who is running for reelection. Photo courtesy of the town of Carrboro.

Column: Colors of pride

"What exactly is symbolized by each color of the Pride flag, the visual representation of the LGBTQ+ community?"


Photo courtesy of Hank Hultman

Column: It's time to be curious, Chapel Hill

"So, how do I think our Chapel Hill-Carrboro community, and country as a whole, can value all people and their ideas? We can start by remaining curious, questioning assumptions and suspending labels."