Meet Kevin Huffman, winner of WaPo‘s “America’s Next Great Pundit” contest.
His prize? A weekly column for 13 weeks at $200 a piece. And the enormous pressure of living up to David Broder, Eugene Robinson and various other Pulitzer Prize winning Post op-ed writers.
The search began in October with nearly 5,000 contestants, whittled down to ten. After five rounds of punditry challenges, including writing a traditional op-ed column, blogging on tight deadlines on a range of topics, fielding difficult questions from readers and presenting confidence on video, Huffman came out on top. WaPo received 25,000 total votes and thousands of reader comments, according to a release.
Huffman’s a Teach for America executive. You can check out his punditry work here.
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>>UPDATE: From our friends at Reliable Source… it’s a small, small district. Huffman was married until a couple years ago to D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee.