Silver's FiveThirtyEight.com Names Editorial Staff Prior To Relaunch With ESPN
FiveThirtyEight.com has hired several staff members to work under Editor-in-Chief Nate Silver. The website named Tampa Bay Times Managing Editor Mike Wilson to the same position. Kate Elazegui was named Creative Dir for FiveThirtyEight and Grantland after working previously for Pentagram, New York magazine and Vanity Fair. Carl Bialik was named Senior News Writer after previously writing the Wall Street Journal's Numbers Guy column. Micah Cohen was named Senior Editor, overseeing the website's blogs, after previously partnering with Silver on FiveThirtyEight at the N.Y. Times. Cohen also will write and report on politics and other topics. Harry Enten was named Senior Politics Writer after previously writing for the Guardian. Walter Hickey was named Senior Science & Lifestyle Writer after previously writing for Business Insider (ESPN). The TAMPA BAY TIMES noted Wilson had been with the paper "for 18 years in various roles, serving as sole managing editor the past two years." He was a "Pulitzer Prize finalist as a writer" and also "edited a Pulitzer Prize winner." Wilson said, "I'm thrilled about the opportunity Nate has given me at FiveThirtyEight, which I believe will be a must-read site for anyone interested in politics, sports and culture" (TAMPABAY.com, 11/19). THE WRAP's Tony Maglio noted the new FiveThirtyEight "will be focused around five distinct content verticals: Sports, Politics, Economics, Science, and Lifestyle." The verticals "will be led by a team of writer/columnists, with additional content from staff writers as well as external contributors" (THEWRAP.com, 11/19).