It’s official: Ezra Klein, associate editor at The American Prospect, blogger extraordinaire and a good friend and mentor of mine, will be heading to the business section of The Washington Post.
Obviously, this is everyone’s win. Ezra gets a (richly-deserved) bigger soapboax, the Washington Post gets one of the best blogs currently being written, and a wide swath of new readers (business readers, no less!) will encounter intelligently argued labor-liberalism. And while as someone who loves TAP to death I’m sorry that they’re losing such a great writer, Matt is right that this only speaks well of the Prospect. What the Washington Monthly was to young journalists in the 1970s, TAP is to young writers now. Josh Marshall, Jon Cohn, Jon Chait, Nick Confessore, Garance Franke-Ruta, Matt Yglesias, Mark Goldberg, Ezra Klein – if someone’s a major reporter or opinion journalist in their 20s or 30s, chances are they cut their teeth at TAP. It’s uniquely well set-up to train people; in barely a month and a half there, I learned more about journalism than I had in my entire life to that point.
In any case, congratulations to the Post for such a smart hire, to TAP for helping get Ezra to where he is, and to Ezra for being his usual awesome self. I can’t wait to see what he does at his new perch.