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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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Cheap Rockets Blunder

Absurd Jeremy Lin trade compounded by cheap stance on Chandler Parsons: Morey saves money, ruins Rockets

By Chris Baldwin

Just call Daryl Morey the Money Man. The Houston Rockets general manager's shown he's very adept at saving his owner Leslie Alexander a lot of money. That's ...


Jeremy Lin Trade Disaster

Jeremy Lin proves he's not sloppy seconds: Wins big with Lakers trade as Chris Bosh plays Rockets for fools

By Chris Baldwin

Anyone who assumed Jeremy Lin would be sentenced to a purgatory of irrelevancy is in for a rude awakening. The Houston Rockets' disastrous — and ultimately futile — Chris Bosh chase that ...


Jeremy Lin Gets Last Laugh

Jeremy Lin sure to get last laugh on suddenly classless, clueless Rockets: Where in the world is Alexander?

By Chris Baldwin

No one thinks Carmelo Anthony is coming to Houston now (never mind that no national NBA voice ever thought the Rockets held a legitimate chance of landing Melo). So Daryl ...


An MVP's Rockets Lesson

Kawhi Leonard proves what Jeremy Lin could be with a Gregg Popovich level coach: A Carmelo Anthony lesson?

By Chris Baldwin

In his first season as a part-time starter, Kawhi Leonard averaged 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Three years later, Leonard's the reigning Sports Illustrated cover ...


Case Keenum Snubbed?

Did Case Keenum ever have a chance? Sudden naming of Ryan Fitzpatrick as QB starter raises alarming questions

By Chris Baldwin

Bill O'Brien delivered his decision at 8 a.m. on the first morning of the Houston Texans' very first mandatory practice of the 2014 season. Before many of the ...


LeBron's Andre Johnson Love

Andre Johnson gets big love from LeBron James, but this is no Johnny Manziel party snub of sweating Texans

By Chris Baldwin

LeBron James doesn't stop for many people. Especially not in the midst of an NBA Finals that is going anything but the way he planned. But LeBron stopped for ...


Comeback Coogs Unbowed

Comeback Coogs unbowed: Houston has Texas right where it wants after loss in controversial Super Regional

By Chris Baldwin

Texas is in early control — and already sizing a trip to Omaha for the College World Series. In other words, the University of Houston has the Longhorns right where they ...


Astros' New Bash Brothers

The New Bash Brothers: George Springer suddenly has a new friend to posterize foes with — a $10 million risk

By Chris Baldwin

George Springer's phone-a-friend changes everything for the Houston Astros. Again. With the Astros set to call up left-handed hitting first baseman Jon Singleton — the best slugging prospect not named ...


George Springer Goes Bonkers

George Springer is already better than Yasiel Puig: Young, myth-making superstar deserves All-Star nod

By Chris Baldwin

George Springer's ventured into the land of ridiculousness. He's no longer just mashing. He's moved on to hitting home runs that defy belief. Like a fly ball ...


Case Keenum's Starting Chance

Arian Foster gives Case Keenum a real chance: Texans starting QB job a whole different game with healthy star

By Chris Baldwin

Bill O'Brien finally makes what he indicated all along clear enough for a doubting Houston media to believe. Yes, there's a real race for the Houston Texans' starting ...


Dynamo Makes World Cup

World Cup shocker: Landon Donovan snub threatens to obscure Houston Dynamo's great team-making moment

By Chris Baldwin

The soccer world is abuzz with word that Landon Donovan — the face of U.S. soccer — has been left off the World Cup roster. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's nearly unfathomable ...


Astros Disaster: Springer Hurt

Astros disaster: George Springer injured, putting cornerstone visions at risk

By Chris Baldwin

George Springer played arguably his best game as a Houston Astro. And then it all fell apart. Springer injured himself trying to scramble back to first base on a Jered ...


Kevin Love's Real Houston Lure

Jeremy Lin needs to be a Kevin Love lure: Star is used to Ricky Rubio level point guard not Harden Hero Ball

By Chris Baldwin

Kevin Love might be the perfect Daryl Morey player. He shoots close to the basket. He shoots threes. And he doesn't believe in defense. But if Morey who lusts ...


Andre Johnson's False Complaint

False complaint: Andre Johnson needs to give O'Brien a chance after staying so silent through Kubiak debacles

By Chris Baldwin

Andre Johnson's earned the right to say whatever he wants whenever he wants to say it. Still, the All-Time Greatest Texan's decision to unload on the franchise's ...


UT's Wasted NBA Talent

Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge condemn the University of Texas: Where wasted NBA talent reigns

By Chris Baldwin

With every basket inside, every rebound plucked out of mid-air with his Plastic Man arms and gymnast's balance, with every dagger delivered, LaMarcus Aldridge wages an assault on the ...


Texans 4-Man QB Battle

Tom Savage to battle Case Keenum: Mr. Transfer once fled adversity, now he embraces fierce Texans QB fight

By Chris Baldwin

Say this for Bill O'Brien: For a quarterback guru, the new Houston Texans coach is hardly stuck up on having the prettiest QB of the bunch. O'Brien seems ...


Case Keenum's NFL Draft Win

Case Keenum's own stock rises with senseless Derek Carr snub, quarterback-less Texans draft

By Chris Baldwin

Case Keenum's been marginalized, dissed and all but outright dismissed since the end of last season. Even before Bill O'Brien walked through the doors, bringing his New England ...


Johnny Manziel's Last Laugh

Johnny Manziel gets the last laugh: Cocky as ever and still the No. 1 star despite absurd NFL Draft drop

By Chris Baldwin

Johnny Manziel struts onto the Radio City Music Hall stage like he's the true No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft rather than the most prominent draft day drop ...


The No. 1 Pick

Jadeveon Clowney expects the Texans to be on his butt: Overblown work ethic concerns squashed

By Chris Baldwin

Jadeveon Clowney's already been put on notice. By his new Houston Texans teammate J.J. Watt. By his new position coach Mike Vrabel. Heck, by the entire city. And ...


Manziel Hype Crushed

Talent crushes Johnny Manziel hype: Jadeveon Clowney pick proves Texans are NFL Draft smart

By Chris Baldwin

Shunning drama, intrigue and yes, Johnny Manziel, the Houston Texans took the clear-cut No. 1 prospect — the man most liable to change the franchise — with the No. 1 overall pick ...


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