Our Team

Aaron Mandel – Founder



Aaron Mandel is a writer and an editor. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content, a Durham, North Carolina based, cultural and political on-line magazine. During his nine year tenure as editor, the Clarion Content has published more than thirty distinguished guest columnists and garnered over a million views.

Mandel’s short story, “Did you See me Catch that Foul Ball?” was recently published in “Shut Up & Write”. He has also been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development” at the Pleiades Gallery.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of  the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team.

In addition to Durham, North Carolina, Mandel has lived in Colorado, California, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.



Justin Laidlaw host Town Hall


Columnist, Justin Laidlaw, aka Buddy Ruski, is a renaissance man. Born and raised here in Watts-Hillandale, Durham, his interests range from the music business to politics, from Durham’s history and culture, to the world beyond. He is an avid hoops fan and self-proclaimed “Steph Curry of the YMCA.” He is the co-host of the Clarion Content’s You Tube Show Town Hall w/ Steve Schewel.

He is a Director of Communications and Operations at Durham’s smash hit Runaway Clothes.

“…style not only reveals the spirit of the man but reveals his identity, as surely as would his fingerprints.”

– E. B. White