Carl Bialik is an American journalist, best known for his work for The Wall Street Journal's web site, and the paper itself. He is also a co-founder of the growing online-only Gelf Magazine. In late 2013, Bialik was hired by Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com.
At WSJ.com, Bialik is the creator and writer of the weekly Numbers Guy column, about the use and (particularly) misuse of numbers and statistics in the news and advocacy. It launched in early 2005.
He is also the co-writer on the Web site's blog-like Daily Fix column, which bills itself as "a daily look at the best sportswriting on the Web" -- and, more precisely, is a fun rehashing of sports stories and columns mainly from the online editions of major newspapers, but also other publications.
His regular column at Gelf, which skews toward a meta-journalism focus but also includes many humorous, sports and political articles, is Blurb Racket, which pulls back the curtains on the critic quotes in movie and book advertisements, mainly by comparing them directly with the actual reviews they come from.
He has also written for The Monitor (Uganda), Media Life Magazine, Yale Alumni Magazine, Arabies Trends, Sports Illustrated, The Yale Herald, Yale Scientific Magazine, CareerBuilder, Student.com, and has published 5 scientific papers as of 2013[update]. He had an extraordinary role in the truly independent film, Jackie's In Trouble.
He is a graduate of Yale University and was the valedictorian of the class of 1997 of the Bronx High School of Science. He is a Brooklyn resident and New York native. He is an avid fan of The Banana Splits, apples and soft shoe tap dance, and an accomplished player of the kazoo.
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