Klein announces that Yglesias – an economic blogger for Slate – will be the Executive Editor of his Vox news site. Klein himself will be Editor-in-Chief. Yglesias:
Now obviously the website itself needs a name and I suppose titles could change too as we build out the team…I’m very excited to be part of this team and we’re hoping to announce some more stuff in the near future.
Klein leaves the Washington Post. Memo:
When Ezra joined us in 2009, he was a wunderkind blogger with brash confidence and a burning desire to write a column in the print newspaper. As he leaves us, Ezra is still a brash wunderkind, but now his burning desire has a grander scope: He is looking to start his own news organization, an ambition that befits someone with uncommon gifts of perception and analysis.
A week after leaving his position with the Washington Post, Klein announces the formation of a news site at Vox Media. The site is will for now be called “Project X”, and Post colleagues Melissa Bell and Dylan Matthews will make up part of Klein’s team.
Today, we are better than ever at telling people what’s happening, but not nearly good enough at giving them the crucial contextual information necessary to understand what’s happened. Our mission is to create a site that’s as good at explaining the world as it is at reporting on it.
Newsweek hires Klein as a biweekly columnist for the print magazine. He is also slated to write features, as well as online content. The first column is due to appear within a week or two. Newsweek editorial director Mark Miller says Klein will bring to the publication:
…a combination of reporting and analysis that’s critical now.
Klein posts his first blog entry as a newly hired blogger for the Post. He encourages his readers to subscribe to the blog, and to comment, email and tweet him in response to his writings – and he promises he will respond in turn. Klein tells his readers he will be focusing on politics and the policy of the economy, but will also write about:
…financial regulation, education policy, the future of organized labor, even the food production system. Anything else that comes up.
Klein sets up a closed email list as a forum for leftist journalists. The forum is nicknamed “JList”, and provides journalists with a place to share thoughts and ideas out of the public eye. Members include Nobel Prize-winning columnist Paul Krugman, and staffers from Newsweek, POLITICO, Huffington Post, The New Republic, The Nation and The New Yorker. Klein says about the list:
Basically, it’s just a list where journalists and policy wonks can discuss issues freely.
Ezra Klein is born in Irvine, Calif. His mother is an artist and his father is a mathematics professor. He is the middle child of the Jewish family. Growing up, he says he was
a chunky nerd.