Slate names chief writer for The Slatest

Slate just found a chief writer in Ben Mathis-Lilley for The Slatest, its blog covering Twitter's trending national daily news items. Most recently with BuzzFeed as a sports editor, Mathis-Lilley has also worked at New York Magazine.

"Thanks everyone for all the kind words. I am, to quote Shakespeare, 'mad psyched' to be starting at Slate," he tweeted, adding, "I knew Slate was the right place for me when @KGeee astutely ID'd a strategic flaw in my framing of a sample item about drinking before noon."

Meanwhile, Slate editor David Plotz shared that he was "Pretty thrilled that @BenMathisLilley joins @Slate next week as our chief @slatest writer."

Mathis-Lilley later announced his plans for commemorating this achievement: "Will celebrate this, as is my custom, by using it as an excuse to make my wife let me listen to Phish and watch CLOVERFIELD and/or PREDATOR." As one does.

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