Harry Enten

Senior Political Writer and Analyst, FiveThirtyEight

A sharp analyst of polling data and political journalism

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Biography

Harry Enten has a gift for helping people understand what’s going on in politics. Harry is leading a significant shift in the way that political journalism is practiced, one that relies on polling data rather than human sources and that tells stories based in numbers rather than anecdotes — conclusions that are as free as possible from assumptions. Harry Enten is a senior political writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight, the research organization focused on statistical analysis of politics, economics, culture, and sports.

Harry is not just about numbers. He combines sharp analysis of polling data with the subject’s background in history and demographics to make the story both meaningful and accessible.

FiveThirtyEight. Started as a blog in 2008 by Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight has changed the landscape of political journalism forever. Now, following FiveThirtyEight’s lead, every news organization embraces data-driven reporting to some degree. When ESPN acquired and expanded the organization in 2013, Harry Enten was one of Silver’s first hires. Silver was intrigued by Enten’s contrariness, his willingness to challenge conventional analysis.

Credentials. Harry is a graduate in government with a specialization in statistics from Dartmouth College, where he started Margin of Error, an elections statistics blog. He has interned at the NBC political unit in Washington, DC and at Pollster.com, and contributed to Taegan Goddard's Political Wire. Margin of Error attracted The Guardian, where he blogged for a year and a half. Then Nate Silver invited him to join FiveThirtyEight.