Tampa Bay Times managing editor Mike Wilson is leaving the Times in December to become managing editor of political analyst and statistician Nate Silver's website FiveThirtyEight.com.
Silver, who became nationally known for his analysis during the 2012 election, recently took his site to ESPN, planning a relaunch early next year. In his new job, Wilson will craft the site's expansion as well as lead day-to-day enterprise. He will also serve on the editorial board of ESPN.
Wilson, 52, has been with the Times for 18 years in various roles, serving as sole managing editor the past two years. A Pulitzer Prize finalist as a writer, Wilson also edited a Pulitzer Prize winner and oversaw work of several other Pulitzer finalists.
"I'm thrilled about the opportunity Nate has given me at FiveThirtyEight, which I believe will be a must-read site for anyone interested in politics, sports and culture," Wilson said. "I hope to bring to FiveThirtyEight the same ambition and high standards that are so deeply ingrained in the Tampa Bay Times. I'll miss it here."
Times editor Neil Brown praised Wilson's accomplishments. "His overall mark on the Times and on our Tampa Bay community has been as a big thinker, a demander of high standards and a leader guided by great personal decency and generous spirit," Brown said.