Newport Buzz is a digital news platform based in Newport, Rhode Island, that has been making waves in the online media landscape since its inception in 2012. Known for its witty, irreverent tone and emphasis on local news and events, Newport Buzz has become a go-to source of information for residents and visitors alike.
Founded by Christian Winthrop, a longtime Newport resident and entrepreneur, Newport Buzz was born out of Winthrop’s frustration with the lack of engaging, up-to-date local news sources in the area. As he told Providence Business News in a 2017 interview, “I found myself constantly searching for something to do or somewhere to go, and I was always coming up empty. So I thought, why not create something myself?”
With that idea in mind, Winthrop set out to create a platform that would fill the gap in the local media landscape. He assembled a team of writers and contributors who shared his vision, and Newport Buzz was born.
From the beginning, Newport Buzz set itself apart with its unconventional approach to news and events coverage. Rather than simply reporting on the latest happenings in the area, the platform’s writers injected their own personalities and humor into their stories, creating a distinctive voice that resonated with readers.
Over time, Newport Buzz has expanded beyond its original focus on events and entertainment to cover a wide range of topics, from local politics and business news to sports and lifestyle content. But the platform has never lost sight of its roots, and its coverage of the Newport social scene remains a key part of its identity.
One of the things that sets Newport Buzz apart from other news outlets is its commitment to community engagement. The platform’s writers and contributors are all active members of the Newport community, and they are deeply invested in the area’s growth and development. Newport Buzz frequently hosts events and sponsors local organizations, and its coverage often highlights the work of community activists and entrepreneurs.
In recent years, Newport Buzz has expanded its reach beyond Rhode Island, with a growing following in nearby states and beyond. But even as it has gained national attention, the platform has remained true to its local roots, continuing to provide the kind of in-depth, engaging coverage that has made it a staple of the Newport media landscape.
In a time when traditional news outlets are struggling to adapt to the fast-changing digital landscape, Newport Buzz is a shining example of what can be accomplished with a bold vision and a willingness to take risks. With its irreverent humor, engaging content, and deep commitment to the community, Newport Buzz is sure to continue making waves in the world of online media for years to come.
A FIFTH GENERATION NEWPORTER, CHRISTIAN WINTHROP IS A FORMER NATIONAL POLITICAL CAMPAIGN CONSULTANT TURNED PRODUCER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND BLOGGER.
A native of Newport, RI, Christian Winthrop started his career in 1998 working as a campaign aide for U.S. Congressman Robert Weygand (RI-2). In 1999, Winthrop moved to the Rhode Island State House where he worked as an aide for Senate Majority Leader Paul Kelly. In 2000, Winthrop served as finance director for former Lt. Governor Richard Licht’s U.S. Senate bid. From 2001 – 2004 Winthrop was the campaign manager for former U.S. Navy SEAL Dave Rogers in his two challenges against Congressman Patrick Kennedy. In 2006 Winthrop was deputy campaign manager for Yonkers, NY Mayor John Spencer in his challenge against U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton. In 2007, Winthrop served as U.S. Senator John McCain’s deputy campaign manager in New Hampshire in his campaign for President of the United States against then Senator Barack Obama. Winthrop also wrote for numerous members of the U.S Congress from 2005 – 20011.
From 2008 – 2011, Winthrop changed careers and worked as an entertainment producer in the celebrity space for the Hearst Corporation. During that time Winthrop also worked as a producer on multiple national television commercials and worked as a producer on the award winning documentary Man Under that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015.