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Ezra Klein
Born May 9, 1984 (1984-05-09) (age 25)
Irvine, California
Nationality American
Education B.A., Political Science
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Journalist and Political pundit
Employer Washington Post

Ezra Klein (born May 9, 1984) is a blogger for the Washington Post and a columnist for Newsweek. He was formerly an associate editor for The American Prospect political magazine and an American liberal[1] political blogger at the same publication.[2]


Early life

Klein was born in Irvine, California, where he attended University High School. He attended the University of California, Santa Cruz but later transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles, from which he graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in political science.


Klein started his first blog in February 2003.[3] He soon joined with Matt Singer, and the name was changed to "Klein/Singer: Political Consulting on the Cheap." In June 2003, he moved to the blog Not Geniuses along with Matt Singer, Ryan J. Davis, and Joe Rospars.[4]

Following "Not Geniuses," Klein partnered with Jesse Taylor at Pandagon. This partnership helped Klein gain even more visibility, leading to his eventual founding of his current blog "Ezra Klein."[5]

Besides his online contributions, Klein worked on Howard Dean's primary campaign in Vermont in 2003, and interned for the Washington Monthly in Washington, D.C. in 2004. In 2003, he and Markos Moulitsas were two of the earliest bloggers to report from a political convention, that of the California State Democratic Party.[6] In 2006, Klein was one of several writers pseudonymously flamed by The New Republic writer Lee Siegel (posting as a sock puppet called sprezzatura).[7] In 2007, declining to debate Klein on the S-CHIP program expansion, Michelle Malkin mockingly labeled him "Respectable Liberal Blogger Ezra Klein". According to Malkin, "A good-faith debate would require that Respectable Liberal Blogger Ezra Klein actually be a person of good faith. He is treated as such in some elite conservative circles, where his work is linked frequently and intellectual repartee among the Beltway boys’ club is warm and chummy", yet she preferred "an overflowing vat of liquid radioactive waste" to sharing a stage with him.[8] According to Paul Krugman, he is "very, very good, and very, very young", because when Klein interviewed him at a restaurant, "he got carded". (Klein was 23.)[9] Slate has said that he is a "liberal darling".[10] In November 2008, Jezebel.com named Klein one of the "sexiest everyday men of 2008"[11] and The Economist magazine named him one of the "minds of the moment".[12]

His work has appeared in the Gadflyer, Washington Monthly, LA Weekly, The American Prospect, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and Slate Magazine. Klein has appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal; MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Countdown With Keith Olbermann, and The Rachel Maddow Show; and numerous National Public Radio programs, such as Charlie Rose. He appears regularly on Bloggingheads.TV.

In May 2009, Klein moved his blog to the Washington Post, where he will also be writing a column on food and politics.[13]

His writing interests include health policy, the labor movement, and electoral politics.

Klein was raised Jewish[14] and now identifies as agnostic.[15]

In December 2009, Klein wrote an article in the Washington Post that because Senator Joe Lieberman was motivated to oppose health care legislation in part out of resentment at liberals for being defeated in the 2006 Connecticut Democratic Primary, it meant that Lieberman was "willing to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in order to settle an old electoral score".[16] Klein based his estimate off of an Urban Institute report that estimated that 22,000 people died in 2006 because they lacked health-care insurance.[17] This article was criticized by Jonah Goldberg of the National Review, calling it a "silly claim."[18] Charles Lane, also of the Washington Post, described Klein's article as an "outrageous smear". But EJ Dionne, also of Washington Post, agreed with Klein's claim, saying that "Klein is right that there is not a shred of principle in Lieberman's opposition."[19]


In February 2007 Klein created a Google Groups forum called "JournoList" for discussing politics and the news media. The forum's membership is controlled by Klein and has been limited to "several hundred left-leaning bloggers, political reporters, magazine writers, policy wonks and academics."[20] Posts within JournoList can only be made and read by its members.[21] JournoList has been criticized for its secretive nature, lack of transparency, and media echo chamber implications. Klein defends the forum saying that it "[ensures] that folks feel safe giving off-the-cuff analysis and instant reactions". JournoList member, and Time magazine columnist, Joe Klein adds that the off-the-record nature of the forum is necessary because “candor is essential and can only be guaranteed by keeping these conversations private”.

The existence of JournoList was first publicly revealed in a July 27, 2007 blog post by blogger Mickey Kaus.[22] However, the forum did not attract serious attention until March 17, 2009 when an article was published on Politico that detailed the nature of the forum and the extent of its membership. The Politico article set off debate within the Blogosphere over the ethics of participating in JournoList and raised questions about its overall purpose. The first public excerpt of a discussion within JournoList was posted by Mickey Kaus on his blog on March 26, 2009.[23]

Members of JournoList include: Ezra Klein, Jeffrey Toobin, Eric Alterman, Paul Krugman, Joe Klein (no relation), Matthew Yglesias, and Jonathan Chait.




  1. ^ Goldberg, Jonah (January 8, 2008). "Dems' New Love: Obama Fever". The New York Post. http://www.nypost.com/seven/01082008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/dems_new_love__obama_fever_372322.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  2. ^ The American Prospect political magazine. Nobody understands why people pay attention to him.
  3. ^ Ezra K blog.
  4. ^ Not Geniuses blog.
  5. ^ Ezra Klein blog.
  6. ^ Weiss, Joanna (May 10, 2004). "Blogs colliding with traditional media: Convention credentials expected for Web logs". Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/05/10/blogs_colliding_with_traditional_media?mode=PF. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  7. ^ Carr, David (2006-09-11). "A Comeback Overshadowed by a Blog". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/11/technology/11carr.html. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  8. ^ Malkin, Michelle (October 11, 2007). "My reply to Respectable Liberal Blogger Ezra Klein and his fellow travelers". michellemalkin.com. http://michellemalkin.com/2007/10/11/my-reply-to-respectable-liberal-blogger-ezra-klein-and-his-fellow-travelers/. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  9. ^ Krugman, Paul (October 28, 2007). "Interview with Ezra Klein". New York Times. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/28/interview-with-ezra-klein-2/. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  10. ^ Smith, Sonia (January 7, 2008). "Take It for Granite". Today's Blogs: The Latest Chatter in Cyberspace ([[Slate (magazine)|]]). http://www.slate.com/id/2181545/. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  11. ^ 5:02 PM (2008-11-19). "The 10 Sexiest Everyday Men Of 2008 - Hotness for the masses". Jezebel. http://jezebel.com/5093450/the-10-sexiest-everyday-men-of-2008. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  12. ^ "Economist.com". Economist.com. 2008-11-19. http://www.economist.com/theworldin/PrinterFriendly.cfm?story_id=12494599. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  13. ^ Yonan, Joe. "All We Can Eat - Ready, Set, Name That Column". Voices.washingtonpost.com. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/all-we-can-eat/food-politics/help-name-that-column.html. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  14. ^ "Ezra Klein: Religion Archives". Blog.prospect.org. http://blog.prospect.org/blog/ezraklein/religion/. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  15. ^ "EzraKlein Archive | The American Prospect". Prospect.org. http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/ezraklein_archive?month=03&year=2005&base_name=faith_not_god. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  16. ^ http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2009/12/joe_lieberman_lets_not_make_a.html
  17. ^ http://www.urban.org/publications/411588.html
  18. ^ http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YzJlMDlhOWIzZmYwMWMyYzIzNTkyZWRmNWQ0YTQ2YmY=
  19. ^ http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2009/12/the_public_option_died_last.html
  20. ^ Michael Calderone (2009-03-17). "JournoList: Inside the echo chamber". The Politico. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/20086.html. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  21. ^ JournoList Google Groups.
  22. ^ Mickey Kaus (2007-07-27). "Educating Ezra Klein". Slate (magazine). http://www.slate.com/id/2171362/#kleinklub. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  23. ^ Mickey Kaus (2009-03-26). "JournoList Revealed! Inside the Secret Liberal Media Email Cabal". Slate (magazine). http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/kausfiles/archive/2009/03/26/journolist-revealed-inside-the-liberal-media-email-cabal.aspx. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 

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