Ezra Klein

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Ezra Klein
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Klein in 2011
Born (1984-05-09) May 9, 1984 (age 35)
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationJournalist, author, political commentator
EmployerThe Washington Post, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Vox Media
TitleEditor at Large, Vox
Political partyDemocratic[1]
Spouse(s)Annie Lowrey (m. 2011)
Websitewww.vox.com

Ezra Klein (born May 9, 1984) is an American journalist, blogger, and political commentator who works as editor-at-large of Vox.[2][3] He was a blogger and columnist for The Washington Post and an associate editor of The American Prospect.[4] He has contributed to Bloomberg News and MSNBC.

At The Washington Post, he managed a branded blog called "Wonkblog." The blog was mostly about health care and budget policy.[5] He wrote a primer on policy called "Wonkbook", which was delivered by e-mail and on his blog each morning.

In January 2014, Klein left The Washington Post. He works for Vox Media as editor-at-large for their news website, Vox. He co-founded the website along with Melissa Bell and Matthew Yglesias.[6]

Early life and education[change | change source]

Klein was born and raised in Irvine, California.[7] Klein is a middle child,[7] in a Jewish family.[8] His father, Abel Klein, is a mathematics professor at University of California, Irvine. Abel Klein is from Brazil. His mother is an artist.[7][9] Klein went to school at University High School. He went to the University of California, Santa Cruz, but transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles. He graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a B.A. in political science.

Career[change | change source]

In 2003, Klein and Markos Moulitsas were two of the earliest bloggers to report from a political convention, that of the California State Democratic Party.[10]

Klein worked on Howard Dean's primary campaign in Vermont in 2003, and interned for the Washington Monthly in Washington, D.C. in 2004.

On December 10, 2007, Klein moved his blog full-time to the American Prospect.[11]

Steve Pearlstein, The Washington Post's veteran business columnist, read and liked Klein's blogging. Pearlstein sent some of Klein's writing to managing editor Raju Narisetti. Narisetti hired Klein to be the Post’s first blogger on politics and economics.[7] On May 18, 2009, he began writing at the newspaper.[12]

In May 2011 when Bloomberg View started, Klein became a columnist there at he same time as at The Washington Post and MSNBC.[13]

Klein wrote for and edited Wonkblog at The Washington Post. He often talks about politics on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. He contributed to Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

In October 2015, Klein started a podcast called The Weeds with Sarah Kliff and Matt Yglesias. This Vox podcast is detailed discussions about public policy.[14] Klein also hosts the podcast called "The Ezra Klein Show".[15] Klein is an executive producer of Vox's Netflix series Explained.[16][17]

Awards[change | change source]

Personal life[change | change source]

Klein is married to Annie Lowrey.[24] She reports on economic policy at The Atlantic magazine.[25]

References[change | change source]

  1. "List of Registered Voters" (PDF). District of Columbia Board of Elections. 30 May 2016. p. 3871. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  2. "The boy in the bubble". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  3. "Here Are The 5 Most Liberal And Conservative Media Twitter Feeds". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  4. "Ezra Klein". Prospect.org. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. "Down with the GVP!". Washington Post. 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  6. Marx, Greg. "Vox.com is going to be a great test of Ezra Klein's critique of journalism". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Jaffe, Harry (2010-03-04). "Post Watch: Whiz Kid on the block". The Washingtonian. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  8. "What Does It Mean To Be Jewish Today? What Do Jews Bring To The World?". Moment Magazine. May 2011. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  9. Wallace, Benjamin (2 February 2014). "Here, Let Ezra Explain". New York. p. 3. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  10. Weiss, Joanna (May 10, 2004). "Blogs colliding with traditional media: Convention credentials expected for Web logs". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on February 19, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
  11. "Ezra Klein: Moving Day". Ezraklein.typepad.com. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  12. Klein, Ezra. "Ezra Klein - Introduction". Voices.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  13. Hagey, Keach (April 29, 2011). "Bloomberg View reveals columnists, editorial board". Politico.com. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  14. Klein, Ezra (2015-10-02). "The Weeds, Vox's new policy podcast, launches today". Vox. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  15. Thompson, Matt (November 5, 2016). "A Podcast Listener's Guide to the 2016 Election". The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/11/podcasts-2016-election/506651/. Retrieved August 7, 2018. 
  16. "Vox steps out of the news cycle in Netflix series". NBC News. May 23, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  17. Benton, Joshua. "Vox's new Netflix series is really good, but it doesn't get us any closer to figuring out what news on streaming platforms looks like". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  18. "Winners of The Week Opinion Awards". Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  19. "Sidney Hillman Foundation 2010 Prizes". Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  20. "The 50 Most Powerful People in Washington". GQ. February 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  21. "The 25 Best Financial Blogs". Time Magazine. 2011-03-07. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  22. "2013 Awards - Online News Association". Journalists.org. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  23. "2013 American Political Science Association Awards" (PDF). Apsanet.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  24. Stoeffel, Kat (2013-01-15). "Mazel Tov, Media Power Couple". Observer.com. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  25. "The Atlantic Names Columnists Ibram X. Kendi, Annie Lowrey, Alex Wagner, and Kevin D. Williamson". The Atlantic. 2018-03-22. Retrieved 2018-08-21.

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