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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.
Olbermann tweeted about the news late Friday evening.
I don’t want to invoke ancient (07-08) history but Nate Silver pretty much started on tv on Countdown. This is not entirely new (evil laugh)
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 20, 2013
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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