The odds are good that Nate Silver is coming to Maine

There is a near 100 percent probability that Nate Silver is coming to Maine.

Don’t know who Nate Silver is? Keep reading and bookmark his website,

Silver, one of the leading data journalists in the country, if not the world, will be the headline speaker for the 2nd annual Maine Science Festival in March of 2016.

“We are beyond excited to have Nate Silver as our 2016 MSF headliner,” said festival director Kate Dickerson in a written statement.

I understand, Kate.

Silver is kind of a rock star among journalists and certainly data analysts. He burst onto the national scene in 2008 when he correctly predicted the results of the razor-tight presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate elections that year. In the 2012 presidential election, he was right on all 50 states.

Silver spent several years writing his FiveThirtyEight blog for the New York Times and if you’re anything like me, you read almost all of them during the 2012 election.

Silver moved the blog (the namesake, 538, is the number of electors in the U.S. electoral college) to in 2014, where it has expanded far beyond the political to include gems such as an exhaustive data-driven report on America’s best burrito and predictions upon predictions of professional sports. A heavy focus on politics remains.

The Maine Science Festival will take place March 18-20, 2016, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, as well as other downtown locations. Other than Silver’s speech, admission will be free of charge. Learn more about the festival by clicking here.

Christopher Cousins

About Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.