FiveThirtyEight founder to serve as Journalist in Residence

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Nate Silver, founder of FiveThirtyEight, will serve as the La Follette School’s Journalist in Residence in October. Author of “The Signal and the Noise,” Silver takes a unique approach to data-driven, probabilistic thinking that allows him to analyze polling data in innovative ways.

As Journalist in Residence, Silver will share his expertise and experiences with students and faculty and will offer a public presentation on Wednesday, October 26. Silver will dig into the critical issues facing voters this November and explain what polling data says about public policy solutions to problems like poverty, climate change, and inflation.

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The public talk will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Union’s Shannon Hall and will be livestreamed. The event is free; however, registration is required. Undergraduate and graduate students will also have the opportunity to visit with Silver during several La Follette School classes.

Silver first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential winner in 49 states. Through his data-driven news site FiveThirtyEight, in partnership with ABC News, Silver contributes to election coverage and explores topics including politics, sports, and science. Before his work in politics, Silver wrote a series of books analyzing baseball statistics. He has written for ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Slate, New York Sun, and the New York Times.

The Public Affairs Journalist in Residence is funded by the Kohl Initiative, University Communications, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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