Klein, who surprisingly left the Washington Post earlier this year, hopes to be launching Vox in the very near future.
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Ezra Klein, one of the most read journalists, bloggers, and columnists in the United States has been signed up to head Vox, the soon to be launched flagship news site of Vox Media.
Klein has succeeded in building up a tremendous following as a blogger and columnist for The Washington Post, where he has worked since 2009, as well being a regular contributor to Bloomberg News and MSNBC.
At the Washington Post, Ezra managed a branded blog under the title of “Wonkblog, ” which featured his writing as well as that of a number of other policy reporters.
Klein’s new publication, to be called Vox, will become the flagship general news site of owner Vox Media, a native digital media company that currently operates six main editorial brands: SB Nation, The Verge, Polygon, Curbed, Eater and Racked. All of the Vox Media sites run on Chorus, its proprietary digital publishing platform.
Vox Media are refusing to give any exact forecasts of when Vox will actually hit the digital airwaves, with Klein, during an interview on another Vox website, The Verge, that the new channel will focus on focus on “Politics, public policy, world affairs, pop culture, science, business, food, sports, and everything else that matters.”
Ezra, known for being a straight shooter in the past will be less likely to filter his emotions on Vox than he was at the Washington Post, went on to add that that in the past, editors were liable to force journalists to focus only on the day’s events due to space limitations in the printed media, and he was even disturbed to observe that this thinking has begun to transfer itself to online journalism, something that he does not intend to happen at Vox
“Our mission is to create a site that’s as good at explaining the world as it is at reporting on it.” Klein summed up his interview.
Klein will be bringing two of his colleagues at the Washington Post, Melissa Bell and Dylan Matthews to work with him on Vox, and is on the lookout for more talented bloggers to join the team with Matthew Yglesias formerly of Slate having already signed up.
In the online news community, there is still considerable speculation as to why the Washington Post’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon let Klein slip through his fingers, with the main reason, in a lot of those in the know’s opinion, being that Bezos was not interested in matching Vox’s estimated eight-figure investment in the Vox project.
Despite being only in his late twenties, Ezra Klein was named one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington by the GQ magazine and in 2010, was named Blogger of the Year by The Week magazine as well as one of the 25 best financial blogs by Time Magazine in 2011. Klein has earned the considerable distinction of being included the 80 mots important figures singled out by the Esquire magazine in their 80th anniversary issue for his contribution to online journalism.
Ezra Klein graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2005 with a B.A. Degree in political science.
Whilst in the throes of completing his University education in 2003 Klein set up his first blog with Matt Singer, under the title of “Klein/Singer: Political Consulting on the Cheap”, which he linked up to “Not Geniuses” later moving to Pandagon before establishing his own blog “Ezra Klein”, which he moved to the American Prospect platform late in 2007.
Klein’s prodigious talent captured the attention of some of the biggest players in the world of print and online media, with Steve Pearlstein, the Washington Post’s veteran business columnist inviting him to work with the paper.