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FiveThirtyEight Names Ben Casselman Chief Economics Writer

Ben Casselman GBen Casselman is joining FiveThirtyEight — the yet-to-launch ESPN site to be edited by Nate Silver — as its chief economics writer. Caseelman comes to the site from The Wall Street Journal, where he had worked since 2006. Casselman most recently served as the Journal’s lead economics writer.

During his time at the Journal, Casselman was part of a team whose work on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill won a Gerald Loeb Award and was a Pulitzer finalist.

“Ben’s exceptional career at The Wall Street Journal demonstrates that dogged and tenacious reporting is not the enemy of data-driven journalism,” said Silver, in a statement. “By contrast, they have much the same method. It’s a matter of asking great questions, and being willing to dig under the surface of the problem to provide clarity to a wider audience amid the massive amount of data and information in the world today.”

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