WASHINGTON, D.C.—September 12, 2011—Today, The Washington Post launches Wonkblog, a new online feature combining reporting and analysis on economic and domestic policy. An outgrowth of Ezra Klein’s popular policy column, Wonkblog provides robust news updates, interviews and analysis throughout the day with reporting by policy writers Suzy Khimm, Sarah Kliff and Brad Plumer, and continued reporting and commentary by Klein.
“It is abundantly clear that government policy and regulation are critical for businesses and the health of the U.S. economy,” said Raju Narisetti, managing editor, The Washington Post. “Wonkblog will build on Ezra’s insightful work on important issues such as healthcare, energy and financial reform.”
In addition to appearing on washingtonpost.com, Wonkblog will have a frequent presence in The Post’s daily business section and in Sunday Business.
“Our goal with Wonkblog is to deliver policy news in an aggressive, engaging and accessible way,” said Ezra Klein, Wonkblog editor. “We’re focused on breaking down the jargon and delivering news that helps link the effects of policy to our readers’ lives. Suzy, Sarah and Brad are already excelling at that task in the posts they’ve penned this past month leading up to the Wonkblog launch.”
•Suzy Khimm (@suzykhimm), who comes from positions at Mother Jones and The New Republic, focuses on economic and financial policy news. At The Post, she has already published articles on entitlements, tax structure, debt and unemployment benefits. Khimm’s most recent articles: http://www.washingtonpost.com/suzy-khimm/2011/07/28/gIQAsXtSfI_page.html
•Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) takes the lead on healthcare reporting with the latest in the Affordable Care Act, health exchanges, Medicare, and Medicaid policy. Kliff recently joined The Post from Politico where she covered the intersection of health and politics. Kliff’s most recent articles: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sarah-kliff/2011/07/28/gIQAoLzSfI_page.html
•Brad Plumer (@bradplumer), formerly a reporter on Congress and editor at The New Republic, reports on energy policy. Over the past month, his posts have included analysis of the gas tax, climate change and energy subsidies. Plumer’s most recent articles: http://www.washingtonpost.com/brad-plumer/2011/07/28/gIQAPrqSfI_page.html
Wonkblog will be debuting with a redesigned look offering an increased number of stories viewable per page; the most popular posts on top; and easy access to stories by topic, month or week. This is a new way for readers of The Post to view the news and will also be extended to other blogs—such as The Post’s politics blog The Fix.
The Wonkblog launch is sponsored by America’s Natural Gas Alliance.
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