Nate Silver Staffs Up at New FiveThirtyEight Blog

Site to relaunch with ESPN as partner in 2014

Since taking his talents—and FiveThirtyEight blog—from The New York Times to ESPN over the summer, Nate Silver has been busy putting together “[his] own Moneyball team” of editorial staffers in anticipation of the site’s relaunch next year. Today, he announced the first round of senior hires.

Tampa Bay Times managing editor Mike Wilson was tapped as managing editor of FiveThirtyEight. During his 18 years at the Tampa Bay Times, Wilson held various positions at the paper, including reporter, features editor, and managing editor for enterprise. In 1998, he was a Pulitzer finalist for investigative reporting, and in 2009, one of his own staffers won a Pulitzer for feature writing.

Also joining the FiveThirtyEight team are new creative director Kate Elazegui, who will also oversee creative direction for fellow ESPN site Grantland; senior editor Micah Cohen, who worked with Silver at FiveThirtyEight during the NYT era; senior news writer Carl Bialik, formerly The Numbers Guy columnist at The Wall Street Journal; senior politics writer Harry Enten, a Guardian alum; and senior science and lifestyle writer Walter Hickey, previously of Business Insider.

The new FiveThirtyEight will continue to focus on politics as well as new verticals including sports, economics, science and lifestyle. “While the site will take many different approaches toward data journalism, ranging from rigorous number crunching to stellar original reporting, it’s all within the site’s mandate of uncovering meaning and truth amid the sea of data,” Silver said in a statement.

Silver founded FiveThirtyEight in 2008 and licensed it to the NYT from 2010 until this past August, when he announced plans for a relaunch in partnership with ESPN.

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