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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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Arian Foster's Crazy Fan

Arian Foster's crazy fan selfie request story beats even the Chandler Parsons autograph horror tale

By Chris Baldwin

When Houston Rockets forward/male model Chandler Parsons revealed that a woman who ran a red light and hit his SUV then almost immediately asked for an autograph, it looked ...


George Springer Shocker

George Springer surprise proves beyond a doubt the Astros actually care about winning right now

By Chris Baldwin

It's a move that makes little sense in this modern day baseball era of contracts, control and service time trumping all. And it's one that makes even less ...


UConn Mocks NCAA

Most arrogant champs ever: UConn mocks Kentucky's toughness, claims revenge on NCAA in wild Final Four

By Chris Baldwin

It ends with the two best guards on the floor — the two guards who barked at themselves even more than they barked at Kentucky in the national championship game — burying ...


Presidential Games

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush enjoy a bros night out with Tony Romo at Final Four thanks to Jerry's suite life

By Chris Baldwin

ARLINGTON — Johnny Manziel couldn't make it again, but the ex presidents did. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush watched the national championship game together, bringing a jolt of extra ...


Manziel's Final Four Blunder

Johnny Manziel completely blows his vow to be low key at Final Four: Another ridiculous NFL red flag?

By Chris Baldwin

ARLINGTON — Johnny Manziel wears a baseball cap pulled low. Maybe, he thinks that will be enough to help him stay incognito. OK, Manziel knows better. Johnny Football can't hide ...


J.J. Watt & Drake Collide

Houston's own Aaron Harrison renders Drake speechless, breaks J.J.Watt's heart with absurd shot

By Chris Baldwin

ARLINGTON — Andrew Harrison never gets surprised by his brother. When it's your twin brother, you absolutely know what's coming. Except, Andrew doesn't expect this. Not in this ...


Rockets Road Trip

Dwight Howard hilariously mocked by Florida fans at Final Four thanks to Chandler Parsons' private jet

By Chris Baldwin

ARLINGTON — It's hard to miss Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard and the 6-foot-11 NBA force certainly hasn't escaped notice at the Final Four. Especially when he's sitting ...


Missing Explosives

Security concerns, missing explosives trouble Final Four as Dallas tries to break Houston's all-time record

By Chris Baldwin

ARLINGTON — A number of pyrotechnics were apparently stolen from the March Madness Music Festival on Friday night, prompting security levels to be raised at all the Final Four venues. Dogs ...


Houston's Final Four Team

Evil Kentucky deserves the support of Texas: Harrison Twins bring fierce, grounded Houston pride

By Chris Baldwin

ARLINGTON — Rooting for Kentucky basketball is like pulling for Mark Zuckerberg. Or Vladmir Putin. There's something a little untoward about it and it can be hard to feel right ...


Hoops City

Sorry, John Calipari is the best coach in college basketball — and it's not even close as Final Four looms

By Chris Baldwin

ARLINGTON — The Best Coach In College Basketball doesn't give sanctimonious speeches about the priceless value of a college education. He doesn't give self-serving talks about churning out future ...


Astros Drive Yankees Insane

Astros drive New York Yankees fans hilariously insane, leave American League's richest bats in need of Viagra

By Chris Baldwin

Jarred Cosart is still young enough to carry a backpack to work — and there it is, a plain black utility number, at his feet as he talks about beating the ...


Such Sweet Parting?

Derek Jeter is given the ridiculously stereotypical Texas gifts clueless outsiders would expect in farewell

By Chris Baldwin

With a chance to leave New York Yankees icon Derek Jeter with a lasting image of Houston, the Astros gave him . . . cowboy boots, a Stetson cowboy hat and a set ...


Astros Make Derek Jeter Look Old

Derek Jeter a hurt big dud as Yankees look old in face of Astros speedster: Farewell tour flipped over?

By Chris Baldwin

"Let me ask him," L.J. Hoes says before shooting the question across the space of a few lockers. "Fowler, are you a veteran?" The man in question doesn't ...


For Openers

Nolan Ryan throws the worst first pitch in history in his Astros return — and absolutely no one cares

By Chris Baldwin

Nolan Ryan apparently didn't spend much time practicing his old pitching routine in anticipation of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in his Houston Astros return. For fellow Astros ...


Jeremy Lin The Starter Again

Karma 101? Jeremy Lin suddenly the starter again: Long disrespected force holds McHale's fate in his hands

By Chris Baldwin

Call it karma, plain bad luck or simply one of those crazy twists that sports always seems to deliver, but Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale suddenly finds himself completely dependent ...


Johnny Manziel Destroys The Doubters

Johnny Manziel destroys the doubters: Greatest Pro Day Ever puts extreme pressure on Texans in NFL Draft

By Chris Baldwin

The Houston Texans don't seem like they're dying to take Johnny Manziel with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. And with a super talent like South ...


Crazy Montrose Fire Photos

Crazy pictures from the controversial Montrose apartment fire: Up close with a beast of blaze

By Chris Baldwin

The massive five-alarm fire that raged through a controversial Montrose apartment complex captured the city's attention and put parts of Houston at a virtual standstill.


Controversial Apartment Fire

Massive fire burns down a controversial Montrose apartment complex, engulfing the city in smoke and ash

By Chris Baldwin, Eric Sandler

The Houston Fire Department waged war on a massive, five-alarm fire at an under construction apartment complex on West Dallas between Montrose and Waugh. Portions of the building collapsed due ...


Baylor's God Basketball

Doug McDermott crushed by God: Larry Bird wannabe chokes in the face of Baylor's fierce defensive belief

By Chris Baldwin

SAN ANTONIO — Sitting in a small cramped side locker room in the San Antonio Spurs' arena, watching some of his teammates silently chew on Pizza Hut takeout, Dougie McBuckets tries ...


The Road To Dallas

Kansas choke embarrassment is not on Andrew Wiggins: Iowa State shows Bill Self what a real coach looks like

By Chris Baldwin

SAN ANTONIO — The Old Man of College Basketball isn’t thinking about all the freshmen stars who've flamed out before him in the NCAA Tournament when he takes off ...


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