David Firestone Joins FiveThirtyEight

A new adventure begins.

FiveThirtyEight has named David Firestone its new managing editor. Firestone was previously with The New York Times for more than two decades.

During his stint with the Times Firestone filled a variety of roles, including reporter, deputy editor for the national and metro desks, and member of the editorial board.

“David received glowing testimonials from his former colleagues at the Times,” wrote Nate Silver, FiveThiryEight’s editor, in an announcement. “In some cases, his skills complement our mission — David has been instrumental in making the Times’ newsroom more data-driven, for instance. In others, his experience will help in areas where we’re trying to improve: marshaling resources for high-impact projects, combining statistical analysis with other types of reporting, and creating a sense of mission around the news each day.”