“People set newspapers on fire; they use them for wrapping fish. The Internet does not have that property. What I don't think we've gotten is that you can make things last longer than in print.” – Ezra Klein
Born on this date in 1984, Klein is a reporter, blogger, political commentator and columnist who has written for The Washington Post, MSNBC, and Vox Media, where he serves as editor-at-large, a lofty post for a still young journalist.
A native of California who studied journalism at UC-Santa Cruz, Klein is the son of a college professor and a professional artist and “grew up writing,” especially interested in politics and political reporting from a young age. He was one of the first bloggers to report from a political convention and was the Washington Post’s first “pure” blogger, hired at age 25 to write about politics and economics.
In 2011 his blog was named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 best in the nation, the same year he was named one of the 50 most influential people in Washington, DC, by GQ Magazine. He also has received numerous honors for his thoughtful and thought-provoking political commentary. He has these words of advice for young people, for whatever field they choose to pursue.
“My only advice is to try to get the job that's most like the job you want, rather than the one that's more prestigious. Always try to be the talent.”
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