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Chris Baldwin

CultureMap Network News Director/Managing Editor Houston

In his more than 15-year journalism career, Chris Baldwin has worked at traditional newspapers and online publications, covering everything from the World Series to New York City politicians to Justin Timberlake. Baldwin helped guide WorldGolf.com from a near-startup to an established, respected brand that drew 3.5 million unique reader hits per month and recognition from the New York Times. He's even more excited by the possibilities of CultureMap and being part of a daily digital magazine that presents a unique, intelligent, provocative, needed voice on the community he loves.

Baldwin went to Michigan State before the Spartans got really good in basketball and he credits Michigan Journalism Hall of Famer Gloria Olman with teaching him to always write the truth, fearlessly. He won six national Associated Press Sports Editor awards in six years at the Asbury Park Press (NJ) before moving into the online world.

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Keenum Sets Up Coach of Year

Case Keenum should win Bill O'Brien Coach of the Year: No doubting brilliant first-year run now

By Chris Baldwin

Lyle Lovett marches through the bowels of NRG Stadium, almost full-bore grinning. The country singer stayed to the very end of the Houston Texans' 25-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens ...


Case Keenum Breaks Down

Case Keenum breaks down after win and Arian Foster threatens to punch him

By Chris Baldwin

After it's over — after Case Keenum records the first win of his NFL career in one of the most improbable situations any quarterback's ever faced — he runs around ...


Keenum Slams Dunk Doubters

Case Keenum slam dunks the doubters: Finally given support (and Arian Foster), the UH winner predictably comes out

By Chris Baldwin

Case Keenum almost bounces off the field to the roar of the remaining crowd, having given the city he loves one of those moments it's too seldom enjoyed. So ...


J.J. Watt Meets Mutombo

J.J. Watt and Dikembe Mutombo compare finger wags in unbelievably cool pregame meeting

By Chris Baldwin

The two most famous finger wags in Houston sports history met on the field at NRG Stadium in a surreal moment before Case Keenum's return game. J.J. Watt ...


New UH Coach A Nutjob

New UH coach Tom Herman is sort of a nutjob and that's a very good thing — no matter how quickly he may leave

By Chris Baldwin

His first official day on the job and Tom Herman is already promising to make his University of Houston players' lives a living hell. "We're going to have the ...


Houston Final Four News

New Houston Final Four logo revealed and it's a trophy surprise that heralds more major sports events for city

By Chris Baldwin

Reid Gettys is a successful litigation attorney in Houston, but even in the courtroom he cannot escape the other court of his past. Like the time a judge in South ...


Case Keenum Likely To Start

Case Keenum likely to start: Bill O'Brien now embracing once snubbed QB, marvels at UH star's mind

By Chris Baldwin

Case Keenum is not coming back to the Houston Texans as an afterthought. The former University of Houston record breaker figures to start his return game Sunday. That's what ...


Savage Outplays Manziel

Tom Savage outdoes Johnny Manziel, but the haters need to chill: Both rookies only require a better chance

By Chris Baldwin

INDIANAPOLIS — Danieal Manning's seen a lot in the NFL. This nine-year vet's played against Peyton Manning in a Super Bowl. He's signed a big contract and he ...


Overhyped Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck made to look like overhyped fool by J.J. Watt: Playoffs gone, but Crennel scheme sets up future hope

By Chris Baldwin

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck is always supposed to be in control. He's one of those NFL Masters of the Universe, supreme in his self confidence. But Houston Texans defensive coordinator ...


Your New Quarterback

Tom Savage thrown into action and this baptism by fire's a good thing for the Texans quarterback future

By Chris Baldwin

INDIANAPOLIS — The Tom Savage era has begun in Houston. It's earlier than almost anyone expected, much earlier than Texans coach Bill O'Brien hoped or planned. But the fourth ...


UH Wants Kevin Sumlin Swag

UH wants that Kevin Sumlin swag back: Firing good guy Tony Levine shows character means little to Coogs

By Chris Baldwin

An incredibly decent man lost his job when the University of Houston decided it wanted its swag back. Tony Levine is one of those rare people in big-time sports whose ...


Arian Foster Pushes O'Brien

Arian Foster pushes Bill O'Brien to be a better coach with rant: Infamous Tom Brady dustup a Texans blueprint

By Chris Baldwin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The best running back in the NFL is screaming for the football. On and on, Arian Foster goes, pleading, urging — no demanding. Just give him the ball. Have ...


J.J. Watt Corrects Reporter

J.J. Watt corrects a reporter's mistake: MVP shows he really can do it all after crucial Texans win

By Chris Baldwin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — J.J. Watt may not be able to do math as well as Ryan Fitzpatrick's kid, but there are some accounting tasks he's prolific at. Like ...


College Football Playoff Sham

Undeserving Ohio State fraud enabled by Herbstreit: TCU & Baylor ridiculously robbed, but Horned Frogs have the bigger beef

By Chris Baldwin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In the end, college football's overlords act like college football's overlords always do. They jump over themselves to reward the blue bloods — logic, reason and good ...


Clowney Still Right No. 1 Pick

Jadeveon Clowney needs another surgery, but he's no Derrick Rose: Texans still made right call at No. 1

By Chris Baldwin

Jadeveon Clowney's star-crossed rookie season is coming to an end — with nothing to show for it but frustration. Clowney will have a second surgery on the right knee that ...


Manziel Mirage Hides True Star

Overblown Johnny Manziel mirage overshadows NFL's real breakout star: DeAndre Hopkins goes Dez Bryant

By Chris Baldwin

DeAndre Hopkins stands in the middle of the Houston Texans locker room, dressed in his usual soccer friendly postgame attire, glancing at his cellphone. Team communications manager Evan Koch is ...


Texans 45, Titans 21

Oops! Baylor star mocks J.J. Watt — and Watt promptly knocks out his QB, catches TD, draws MVP chant

By Chris Baldwin

You're better off poking a bear than J.J. Watt. Kendall Wright — the Tennessee Titans excitable and not exactly Baylor stereotypical third-year wideout — finds this out the hard way ...


Arian Foster's Monster Return

The NFL's best back: Arian Foster states his case with monster return, threatens to make Andrew Luck sweat

By Chris Baldwin

Arian Foster is showing superior time management skills this season. The Houston Texans offensive lifeline seizes every bit of time his body allows him to play, making the most of ...


Free Tom Savage To Start

Free Tom Savage: With Mallett hurt & Johnny Manziel shunned, he's only QB choice who makes winning sense

By Chris Baldwin

Arian Foster pulls on a black stocking cap dotted with red flowers, almost as if he knows winter is coming on a perfect near 80 degree Houston day. In a ...


Ryan Mallett Rips On Himself

Ryan Mallett rips on himself for horrific quarterback play: Stand-up move gives Texans some hope

By Chris Baldwin

Think Ryan Mallett stunk Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals? Ryan Mallett agrees with you. "I couldn't hit the board side of a barn from five yards away," Mallett says ...


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