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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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Lin Schools Pat, Hou Laughs Last

Jeremy Lin schools Patrick Beverley, but Dwight Howard elbows Kobe Bryant aside in deceiving Rockets laugher

By Chris Baldwin

LOS ANGELES — Jeremy Lin blows by Patrick Beverley again and again, giving the LA Lakers brief third quarter life, making even the beautiful people look up from their iPhones. Beverley ...


J.J. Watt, New NFL Sheriff

J.J. Watt replaces Roger Goodell as NFL Sheriff, punks a Paris Hilton selfie QB and MVP lifts the Texans

By Chris Baldwin

You really almost have to pity the fool. Zach Mettenberger didn't even know he was poking the beast, acting like a shaggy haired lout with no sense of place ...


J.J. Watt Mocked By Steelers

J.J. Watt mocked by Pittsburgh Steelers fans after loss: It's jeers and beer showers with Texans season in doubt

By Chris Baldwin

PITTSBURGH —As J.J. Watt trudges off the field, another lost night shadowing him all the way, a section of Pittsburgh Steelers fans is waiting for him. They lean over ...


Texans Meltdown

Monday Night Meltdown: Arian Foster's dominance erased in an unbelievable nightmare, Steelers spree

By Chris Baldwin

PITTSBURGH — It's gone in a flash, disappearing in a way more diabolical than even what the wife in Gone Girl pulled off. The Houston Texans and Arian Foster are ...


Inside The Steel Curtain

Jadeveon Clowney out for MNF and absence could be extended much longer now

By Chris Baldwin

PITTSBURGH — Any thought of Jadeveon Clowney swooping in to save the day for the Houston Texans in their Monday Night Football showcase evaporated into the cold, comfortable air of Heinz ...


J.J. Watt Pizza Boy Revisited

Revisiting J.J. Watt Pizza Boy, Jeremy Lin discrimination & Beren's good fight: CultureMap's top sports stories

By Chris Baldwin

When I was first brought onto CultureMap a few months after the site first launched and tasked with helping increase the readership of a publication already high on quality content ...


Andrew Luck's Not Watt Free

MVP pretender Andrew Luck still needs to worry over Texans: Andre Johnson's nightmare not about O'Brien

By Chris Baldwin

Andre Johnson is almost always the last guy in the locker room. The peerless wide receiver (unless the peer group includes Jerry Rice) takes time to take care of his ...


J.J. Watt's MVP Play

J.J. Watt shakes off hand injury to make another NFL MVP play: The Defensive TD Machine rolls on

By Chris Baldwin

When you're as good as J.J. Watt, even the the ball listens to you. Footballs may be notorious for taking funny bounces. But when it comes to No ...


Andre Johnson Spanked

Andre Johnson spanked in butt by overexcited female fan: Which is still better than the Colts treated the Texans

By Chris Baldwin

With as infrequently as the Houston Texans throw Andre Johnson the ball in the end zone, you never know when you're going to see a touchdown catch from the ...


Arian Foster Blames Himself

Arian Foster blame burden & Tony Romo near choke proves Texans' Super future still brighter than Cowboys'

By Chris Baldwin

ARLINGTON — Arian Foster looks as down as he's been since that playoff loss in Baltimore years ago. "My fault," Foster says over and over again in the visitors locker ...


Tony Romo Haunts J.J. Watt

Tony Romo leaves J.J. Watt haunted by unbelievable missed sack: Pain is MVP worthy

By Chris Baldwin

ARLINGTON — J.J. Watt has Tony Romo. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback is in his powerful hands. The play is dead. And then . . . it's not. Romo somehow shrugs off the ...


Jerry World Problems

Dallas Cowboys embarrassed by Texans fans' Jerry World takeover, Tony Romo annoyed: Whose stadium is it, again?

By Chris Baldwin

ARLINGTON — The hosts on the Dallas Cowboys flagship radio station 105.3 FM tried to play it off with a weak rationalization. "The red really pops," they reasoned, trying to ...


Astros Hire Deemed The Worst

The Worst Manager in a decade: A.J. Hinch gets a damning report, but Astros GM Jeff Luhnow is unfazed

By Chris Baldwin

A.J. Hinch comes out saying all the right things as the Houston Astros new manager.  He harps about winning, talks about wanting to shock the world and even works ...


J.J. Watt Shows Dez Bryant

J.J. Watt shows Dez Bryant how to yell at teammates: Bill O'Brien's fierce leadership school transforms the Texans

By Chris Baldwin

Bill O'Brien marches back into the locker room, having beaten his best coaching friend's team in one of those most determined man wins NFL games. O'Brien's ...


J.J. Watt Makes NFL MVP Case

J.J. Watt completely loses his mind, makes NFL MVP case with otherworldly dominant performance

By Chris Baldwin

J.J. Watt certainly had his Wheaties Sunday morning. And then some. While the Houston Texans defensive game changer always looks like a man possessed, he took it to another ...


Texans Coach A Gambler

The Gambler: Bill O'Brien's bold play calls draw mad praise from a New York sports radio legend, defy local critics

By Chris Baldwin

Bill O’Brien is not The Mad Hatter.  The Houston Texans coach will never be confused with the zany, out-there Les Miles. O’Brien won’t be munching on any ...


A Death Rattled Texans QB

Rob Bironas death-rattled Ryan Fitzpatrick only shows he's human: Ryan Mallett buzz absurd — and worse than any Case Keenum talk

By Chris Baldwin

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — An NFL reeling from tragedies of its own making  — ones produced by some of its muscular marvels heartlessly hitting and terrorizing women and children — felt the ...


DeAndre Hopkins Denied

DeAndre Hopkins makes the catch of the decade, earns Calvin Johnson envy — and it doesn't count

By Chris Baldwin

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It's the stuff of fiction, the type of feat that's only supposed to be possible in comic books. Heck, the Madden video game designers ...


Injury Woes

Arian Foster's absence puts major pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick: Bill O'Brien's formula to be severely tested

By Chris Baldwin

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.  — Arian Foster tested his tender hamstring in the pregame gloom enveloping the New York Giants' stadium, but the tendon can carry the Houston Texans' offense no ...


Arian Foster Underpaid

Arian Foster proves he's underpaid: With Adrian Peterson rightly out, Foster makes strong case he's No. 1 — no devaluing this

By Chris Baldwin

J.J. Watt is the $100 Million Man — and sudden touchdown tight end. Andre Johnson will make $10.5 million this season and he carries the Hall of Fame credentials ...


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