. . . although if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you probably already know by now.
In May, I’ll be leaving Reason to work as a crime reporter for the Huffington Post. As you may know, AOL bought Huffington Post several months ago, and they’re hiring a ton of great people to build out a serious journalism program. I’ll be working with some really talented folks, like (former Agitator guest blogger) Ryan Grim, and Peter Goodman and Tim O’Brien, who came over from the New York Times. I’ll be covering the same beat I do now, only with a much bigger platform, and with the resources to delve into bigger, more in-depth projects.
So what does all this mean for the blog? Come May, The Agitator will be hosted over at Huffington Post. I’ll continue to blog here daily, and I’ve been assured that there will be no content restrictions or editorial control over what I post. The blog will likely look a little different (I imagine there will be more ads), and the comments section will probably be a bit more crowded, but otherwise, things here will stay the same. So I hope you’ll all keep reading.
The really cool part is that my Nashville Blog (which I’ve been neglecting) will be hosted on AOL’s music site. Which means that blogging there will now be part of my job, and my 300 readers per day at that site will increase by a magnitude of . . . well, a hell of a lot. I’m thinking that will allow me to access and interview some pretty cool people in the music scene here. And maybe have some of them give concerts from my living room. Yes, that also means I’ll continue to live in Nashville.
I’ll be leaving Reason with nothing but fond feelings for my colleagues and admiration of the great work they do. I’m biased of course, but I think it’s the most provocative, interesting, intellectually honest opinion magazine on the newsstand. For all of the vilification of the Koch brothers over the last few months, if it weren’t for the Cato Institute and Reason Foundation (both are Koch-funded, though neither is nearly as dependent on Koch as all of this recent nonsense would suggest), I wouldn’t be in a position to get a great opportunity like this. Were it not for Reason and Cato, it’s likely that few people outside the state of Mississippi would know the name Cory Maye—or for that matter, Steven Hayne—and I would never have had the opportunity to write the stories I write, and to bring some attention to the issues I cover.
So I guess I’ll close this post announcing that I’ll be leaving the libertarian “movement”, at least as a full-time employee, with a warm thanks to Nick Gillespie (who hired me at Reason), Matt Welch, David Nott, and all the other supportive people at the Reason Foundation and at Reason magazine. Thank-yous also to Ed Crane, David Boaz, and Gene Healy at Cato, all of whom first gave me the unbelievable opportunity to actually make a living writing about issues that I think are important.
I’m very excited about what’s happening at the revamped Huffington Post. I hope you’ll all follow me over there, and continue the lively, interesting, viewpoint-diverse comments discussions we have here on a daily basis.