Ezra Klein Reportedly Planning to Leave WaPo to Start New Site

Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein is planning to leave the paper, The New York Times reports, in order to start his own website, after an apparent failed attempt to work out something in-house with the Post.

Klein, who’s worked at the paper since 2009, reportedly approached Post publisher Katharine Weymouth with a pitch for a website that would feature “explanatory journalism” on a wide range of topics that would be a “separate enterprise” from the Post but still affiliated with the main paper. Klein asked for an eight-figure investment, an anonymous source told the Times, but both Weymouth and Jeff Bezos rejected the proposal.

And now Klein has decided to go outside the box for the venture instead.

Mr. Klein has had discussions with several potential investors and venture capitalists in an effort to start the website himself, said those with knowledge of his plans, who insisted on anonymity in discussing them.

In recent months, Klein has gotten some attention for his criticism of the Obamacare rollout.


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