Nathaniel Read Silver (born January 13, 1978) is an American
writer who analyzes
sabermetrics) and elections (see
psephology). He is the editor-in-chief of
FiveThirtyEight and a Special Correspondent for
ABC News. Silver first gained public recognition for developing
 a system for forecasting the performance and career development of
Major League Baseball players, which he sold to and then managed for
Baseball Prospectus from 2003 to 2009.
After Silver successfully called the outcomes in 49 of the 50 states in the
2008 U.S. Presidential election, he was named one of
The World's 100 Most Influential People by
Time in 2009.
In 2010, the FiveThirtyEight blog was licensed for publication by
The New York Times.
 In 2012 and 2013, FiveThirtyEight won
Webby Awards as the "Best Political Blog" from the
International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
2012 United States presidential election, Silver correctly predicted the winner of all 50 states and the
District of Columbia.
In July 2013, FiveThirtyEight was sold to ESPN, and Silver became its Editor in Chief.
 The ESPN-owned FiveThirtyEight launched on March 17, 2014. The site focused on a broad range of subjects under the rubric of "
The Signal and the Noise, was published in September 2012. It subsequently reached
The New York Times best seller list for nonfiction, and was named by
Amazon.com as the No. 1 best nonfiction book of 2012.
 The Signal and the Noise won the 2013
Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science.
 The book has been translated into eleven languages: Chinese (separate editions in traditional and simplified characters), Czech, Finnish, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish.
Having earned a bachelor's degree from
The University of Chicago in 2000, Silver has since been awarded five honorary doctoral degrees: from
Ripon College (2013),
The New School (2013), The
University of Leuven (2013),
Amherst College (2014), and
Georgetown University (2017).