Ezra Klein is planning to leave The Washington Post over failed talks about his proposed venture, sources told The New York Times.
The newspaper reported Thursday that Klein, policy writer and editor of Wonkblog, pitched the idea of a new website focused on "explanatory journalism" to Post publisher Katharine Weymouth. Weymouth and owner Jeff Bezos were not interested, according to The Times' sources. Click over to The New York Times for the full report.
The report about Klein's plans comes after The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone reported Klein's intentions to launch the venture. Klein was reportedly in talks with both The Washington Post and outside suitors in December.
In his year-end memo to staffers, executive editor Marty Baron did not hint at Klein's plans or the future of Wonkblog. Klein's exit, however, would be the latest shakeup for the newspaper — which is under new ownership by Amazon founder Bezos — as well as a major loss for The Post.