(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by ESPN and received via e-mail. The release was
confirmed by the sender.) 
July 22, 2013 
Nate Silver - Renowned Statistician, Author and Founder of
FiveThirtyEight - Joins ESPN in Multi-Faceted Role 
Will Also Contribute Regularly to ABC News Platforms 
Leading statistician and best-selling author Nate Silver will
join ESPN later this year, bringing his unique brand of
creativity, journalism and statistical analysis through his
award winning website, The site’s new
incarnation will allow Silver to return to his sports roots
while expanding his approach to numerous disciplines, including
economics, culture, science and technology, and other topics.
FiveThirtyEight will also continue to provide data-driven
coverage of politics, including forecasts of the 2014 and 2016
elections. The site will extend ESPN’s leadership in using data
and analytics in its cross-platform storytelling. 
Silver will serve as the editor-in-chief of the site and will
build a team of journalists, editors, analysts and contributors
in the coming months. Much like Grantland, which ESPN launched
in 2011, the site will retain an independent brand sensibility
and editorial point-of-view, while interfacing with other
websites in the ESPN and Disney families. The site will return
to its original URL, 
Silver’s reach will also extend to television and other ESPN
platforms, where he will contribute to a wide variety of
programs. He will showcase his work regularly on ABC News
outlets as well, and during election years and key political
events, Silver will provide political insights and analysis to
ABC News. 
Since 2010, FiveThirtyEight has been hosted on The New York
Times website. Silver and other members of the FiveThirtyEight
leadership team will be based in New York City. 
Said ESPN President John Skipper, “Nate is one of the country’s
brightest talents and his insight, journalistic integrity and
creativity -- all traits essential for creating compelling,
quality content -- have awed and entertained diverse audiences.
Nate brings a unique fan base to ESPN, where he will curate a
cross-platform, cross-discipline experience with a fresh take on
the intersection of sports, culture, technology, economics and
politics that will be provocative and completely different than
anything else in the marketplace today.” 
Silver added, “This is a dream job for me. I’m excited to expand
FiveThirtyEight’s data-driven approach into new areas, while
also reuniting with my love of sports. I’m thrilled that we’re
going to be able to create jobs for a great team of journalists,
writers and analysts. And I think that I’ve found the perfect
place to do it. The variety and quality of the assets ESPN and
ABC News presented to me was compelling and unparalleled. I
can’t wait to get started.” 
Ben Sherwood, President of ABC News, said, “With great
enthusiasm, we welcome Nate Silver and we predict with 100
percent confidence that his unique voice and penetrating
insights will contribute mightily to ABC News coverage of
politics and many topics.” 
Silver has established himself as today’s leading statistician
through his innovative analyses of political polling. He first
gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election,
when he 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. FiveThirtyEight has made Nate the public face
of statistical analysis and political forecasting. 
His most recent book, The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many
Predictions Fail - But Some Don’t, is a New York Times
bestseller. Before he came to politics, Nate established his
credentials as an analyst of baseball statistics. He developed a
widely acclaimed system called PECOTA (Player Empirical
Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm), which predicts
player performance, career development, and seasonal winners and
losers. He is a co-author of a series of books on baseball
statistics, which include Mind Game, Baseball Between the
Numbers, and It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over. Nate has written for, Sports Illustrated, Slate, Baseball Prospectus,
Newsweek, The New York Post, and The Los Angeles Times. 
Silver has earned a series of accolades. Most recently, Fast
Company chose Nate as No. 1 on their list of the 100 Most
Creative People in Business 2013. He was among TIME’s 100 Most
Influential People of 2009 and Rolling Stone’s 100 Agents of
Change. In 2012 and 2013, FiveThirtyEight won Webby Awards as
the “Best Political Blog.” 
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