Nate Silver Leaving 'New York Times' for ESPN

6:08 PM PST 07/19/2013 by Erik Hayden
Comedy Central
Nate Silver

The statistician, whose blog FiveThirtyEight was a must-read during election season, may contribute to Keith Olbermann's ESPN 2 program.

The New York Times' star political blogger is reportedly heading for ESPN. 

Nate Silver, the statistical guru who predicted the voting outcomes of all 50 states correctly during the 2012 presidential election, will be leaving the newspaper to be a regular contributor on ESPN, according to the Times.

The Times, citing sources, says that Silver may contribute to Keith Olbermann's forthcoming program on ESPN 2. Olbermann finalized a two-year deal with the network earlier this week for a late-night show. 

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Olbermann tweeted about the news late Friday evening.

Silver's blog, FiveThirtyEight, was heavily trafficked during election season and became a destination for political observers to keep track of poll numbers. 

Despite his visibility, Silver isn't a staff member of the Times; his blog was hosted on the newspaper's website. His contract with the paper was set to end in August, according to the newspaper's Friday report by media writer Brian Stelter

Silver is also the author of the book The Signal and the Noise, which analyzes the success and failure of predictions. He has been outspoken in decrying talking-head punditry during the presidential election, calling it "fundamentally useless" in December. 

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