ESPN, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Hire Key Editorial Team

Mike Wilson, Kate Elazegui, Carl Bialik, Micah Cohen, Harry Enten and Walter Hickey join the former New York Times blogger at his new venture, a website for data-driven journalism re-launching in early 2014 in coordination with ESPN, has made a number of key hires for the new site, which will be led by editor-in-chief Nate Silver.

The new hires include managing editor Mike Wilson, creative director Kate Elazegui, senior writer Carl Bialik, senior editor Micah Cohen, senior writer Harry Enten and senior writer Walter Hickey.

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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.

The sports, politics and economics verticals will attempt to deliver storytelling that is both compelling and data-driven. The lifestyle and science verticals are the broadest in scope, and will allow FiveThirtyEight to explore topics such as education, health, technology, weather, entertainment, and travel.

Said Silver: “We’re building our own Moneyball team — an All-Star roster of the best data journalists from best news organizations. 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.”

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Silver continued: “I’m especially excited by our two newest hires. Mike Wilson, who oversaw the development of several Pulitzer Prize winning stories at the Tampa Bay Times, will provide leadership and integrity as our Managing Editor. And Kate Elazegui will create a compelling visual identity for the site — she knows that great design is at the essence of a great product.”

FiveThirtyEight first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when it correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. In 2012, FiveThirtyEight predicted the election outcome in all 50 states.