Matt Yglesias leaves Slate for Ezra Klein project

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Slate's Moneybox blogger Matt Yglesias is leaving the site for Ezra Klein's still unnamed new venture.

Editor in chief David Plotz made the announcement in a memo to Slate staffers Thursday.

Though the project has not announced a financial backer, Klein's core team is starting to take shape. He officially left The Washington Post earlier this week, taking staffers Melissa Bell and Dylan Matthews with him. Bell served as the paper's director of platforms, helping to develop its digital strategy. Matthews was a reporter who helmed Wonkblog sister site Know More.

Klein didn't have to dig too deep into his Rolodex for his first hire outside the Post's newsroom. He and Yglesias are longtime friends, as Plotz noted. 

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"Excited to be pursuing some new opportunities in the near future with @MelissaBell, @ezraklein, & @dylanmatt — more details soon," Yglesias tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Klein has been in talks with Vox Media, owner of The Verge and Curbed.

The announcement hinted at least at a timeline for the new venture. Yglesias will stay on with Slate until the end of February.