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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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George Springer Concerns

George Springer must avoid Bryce Harper Syndrome at all costs: New additons aside, Astros' fate depends on it

By Chris Baldwin

The last image the Houston Astros left behind before hitting spring training is George Springer frozen in a head first slide for second base. It remained fixed above general manager ...


Andre Johnson Dissed

Andre Johnson utterly disrespected by Texans: Keenum proved No. 80 still rules, now he'll win big elsewhere

By Chris Baldwin

The Greatest Texan Ever is on the way out the door, pushed there by a ridiculous and utterly disrespectful reimagining of his role in Houston. Andre Johnson will all but ...


James Harden's Ballsy Kick

James Harden's ballsy kick to LeBron James' privates swings MVP: No Jeremy Lin help, big win cements truths

By Chris Baldwin

It's the kick heard around the NBA, a shot to the groin from one MVP Favorite to another. For a moment amid the delicious din of the Toyota Center ...


QB Ryan Mallett All In

Ryan Mallett shows his heart's completely with Texans in hospital visit: No drama free agency

By Chris Baldwin

If a man wears his heart on his sleeve — or his head for that matter — Ryan Mallett clearly remains all in on the Houston Texans. The impending free agent quarterback ...


Jeremy Lin Trade Blunder

Jeremy Lin trade failure still haunts Rockets: Dumb disrespect fuels Daryl Morey's trade deadline bungling

By Chris Baldwin

Goran Dragic jets off to Miami to live the South Beach life, grinning all the way. Daryl Morey keeps trading by reflex, knowing his sycophants and fanboys in the Houston ...


Arian Foster's Twitter Rival?

Texans QB mocks Seattle's worst play call disaster: Arian Foster finally has a real Houston sports Twitter rival?

By Chris Baldwin

Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett joined the rest of the free world in mocking the worst play call in NFL history. "Somebody tell Beast Mode I'll give him the ...


Tom Brady Uses Katy Perry

Cheat master Tom Brady uses Katy Perry dumb luck to steal Super Bowl: Rob Gronkowski only pure winner of Classless Bowl

By Chris Baldwin

It looks like another giant meteor of karmic justice is crashing down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Seahawks wideout Jermaine Kearse makes a juggling catch on his ...


Olivia Munn Helps Rob J.J. Watt

Olivia Munn helps Aaron Rodgers rob J.J. Watt of his rightful MVP: Hollywood fakery not QB bias decides things

By Chris Baldwin

The kidding about J.J. Watt's standing in the quarterback obsessed NFL starts early on the NFL Honors league award show. "I'm kind of surprised they put you ...


ESPN Wimply Backtracks On Watt

ESPN's top voice calls J.J. Watt the NFL MVP — and then wimpily backtracks under Aaron Rodgers pressure

By Chris Baldwin

J.J. Watt is enjoying one incredible week. Winning the Pro Bowl Defensive MVP award, getting gifted a brand new free GMC truck, stealing the show on Jimmy Kimmel, hanging ...


J.J. Watt Gets Crazy At Pro Bowl

J.J. Watt proves Katy Perry hasn't changed him: One-ups Odell Beckham Jr. with catch heroics, wins MVP

By Chris Baldwin

Any fools who thought J.J. Watt might be losing a little focus  — or even just taking a well-deserved deep breath in the offseason — can rest easy. Those pictures of ...


J.J. Watt Charms Katy Perry

Katy Perry completely charmed by J.J. Watt's humble Houston vibe: Sports' new power couple?

By Chris Baldwin

Katy Perry admits she needed to Google J.J. Watt to find out who the best defensive player in the NFL was. Just because you're playing the Super Bowl ...


Jimmy Johnson Jabs Belichick

Jimmy Johnson jabs Bill Belichick, claims Jim Harbaugh took easy way out as he roars into Houston with Heart

By Chris Baldwin

Jimmy Johnson strolls into the room 10 minutes early, smiling all the way. The Dallas Cowboys legend's decked out in an expensive suit, his tie and pocket square the ...


Urban Meyer Elbows Aside Saban

Ohio State still not a true undisputed champ after Urban Meyer elbows aside Nick Saban in Mariota stomping

By Chris Baldwin

ARLINGTON — Before a blizzard of confetti rains down on Jerry World, Urban Meyer goes to his knees. His Ohio State team's scored again to go up 42-20 in the ...


Craig Biggio Makes Hall

He's In! Craig Biggio rightly makes the Hall of Fame — only position player to break through in historic class

By Chris Baldwin

The wait is over. Craig Biggio — one of the most unselfish baseball superstars ever — is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Houston Astros great makes the Hall in his ...


UT's Historically Bad Bowl

Charlie Strong chokes: Even Texas A&M's punching coach can't hide UT's historically pathetic Texas Bowl game

By Chris Baldwin

The NRG Stadium 'Fan Cam' keeps catching Longhorn believers at inopportune moments. Not that there are any good times the camera operators can choose from. The whole Texas Bowl is ...


J.J. Watt Dance Master

J.J. Watt's supporting cast needs to be shown the money now: Keeping Case Keenum at QB key to retaining rightful MVP's help

By Chris Baldwin

J.J. Watt breaks into a shimmy, rolling his hips like he never could in that omnipresent Verizon commercial. The most dominant defensive football player of this generation is forever ...


Keenum Ends Perfect

Doubters destroyed: Case Keenum ends perfect as Texans QB, laughs off Jags mocking to finish 2-0 — and playoff heartbroken

By Chris Baldwin

The cornerback who was arrested for trying to pay for items in a convenience store with bubble gum is feeling the moment. So Dwayne Gratz puts his finger to his ...


Keenum Sets Up Coach of Year

Case Keenum should win Bill O'Brien Coach of the Year: Crazy, fiery pregame speech removes any doubt from first-year run

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 ...


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