Nate Silver Gets His Due

Congrats to Nate Silver, whose is going to become part of the New York Times media empire:
The New York Times said Thursday that it would begin hosting the popular blog FiveThirtyEight and make its founder, Nate Silver, a regular contributor to the newspaper and the Sunday magazine.

Mr. Silver, a statistical wizard, became a media star during the last presidential election season for his political projections based on dissections of polling data. He retains all rights to FiveThirtyEight and will continue to run it himself, but “under the banner and auspices of,” The Times said in a news release.

The arrangement is similar to one The Times struck with the authors of the blog Freakonomics in 2007. The Freakonomics blog appears in the Opinion section of FiveThirtyEight content will be incorporated in the politics section of

Along with his contributions to the newspaper and The Times Magazine, Mr. Silver will also work with the journalists and software developers who create interactive graphics for
Note to media big-wigs -- we here at are available for huge-cashified-blog-to-old-media-deals. Oh sure, we're not quite on par with the quality presented at FiveThirtyEight...

Seriously though, congrats to Silver and his team. Good on 'ya!