FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver says: “Mike leaves on good terms and will be a tremendous editor for the Dallas Morning News. It’s a job we couldn’t in good conscience ask him to turn down. I think it’s pretty cool that a FiveThirtyEight alum will be running a major American newspaper.”
Wilson was Tampa Bay Times managing editor before joining FiveThirtyEight in November of 2013.
Statement from FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver:
I’m sad to see Mike go, as a friend and a colleague, and I am extremely proud of the work he’s done for FiveThirtyEight. Mike leaves on good terms and will be a tremendous editor for the Dallas Morning News. It’s a job we couldn’t in good conscience ask him to turn down. I think it’s pretty cool that a FiveThirtyEight alum will be running a major American newspaper.
FiveThirtyEight is already in the midst of an expansion; we have plans to hire 5-7 more people by very early next year. (Several of these positions have been posted already and the others will be available soon.) Replacing Mike will be priority No. 1, but we also have new positions available for writers, copy editors, product people and visual journalists. We look forward to expanding our team and we also know there are some amazing journalists looking for new opportunities right now.
Overall, we’re very happy with FiveThirtyEight’s first nine months. Getting the journalism right has been our top priority. But we recently set records with 7m unique visitors and 16m pageviews in November (per Adobe) and traffic has generally been much higher than it was at The New York Times. We also recently launched a documentary film series, and we’ll be beginning a podcast soon. As the last nine months have shown, there’s a rich future for our brand of journalism and we’re looking forward to the new year.