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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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J.J. Watt Gets $100 Million

Just due: J.J. Watt rightfully becomes highest paid defensive player in NFL after new mega contract

By Chris Baldwin

The worry and the wait's over. J.J. Watt's landed the new mega contract that will keep him in a Houston Texans uniform for a long time. Watt ...


Keenum Finds New Team

Case Keenum quickly snatched up by new team, proving his doubters wrong again — and leaving Texans questions

By Chris Baldwin

That didn't take long. One day after getting released by the Houston Texans in favor of Bill Belichick reject Ryan Mallett, Case Keenum's found a new NFL team ...


Keenum Deserved Better

Case Keenum deserved better from Bill O'Brien: Never given a real chance before Ryan Mallett panic move

By Chris Baldwin

In the end, Bill O'Brien gets another of his Chosen One Quarterbacks, adding Bill Belichick reject Ryan Mallett to strong-armed rookie Tom Savage. One thing's certain now: Ryan ...


UH & Levine Face Doubts

Whose nightmare? Tony Levine needs to reassert UH's identity after house of horrors new stadium opener

By Chris Baldwin

The first real "Whose house? Coogs' house!" rings out at 7 p.m. The familiar chant seems to take on special meaning as it travels around the University of Houston ...


Keenum Blows Off The Media

Case Keenum blows off the media, losing the postgame to Tom Savage on Andre Hal's dream Texans night

By Chris Baldwin

Tom Savage stands in front of a laundry basket in the still 75-man cramped Houston Texans locker room. The rookie quarterback is unshaven with a Texans hat covering his hair ...


Keenum & The Radio Boobs

Case Keenum never in danger of getting cut: 610 AM radio boobs frantically fuel USC worthy tall tale

By Chris Baldwin

As false narratives go it's not nearly as bad as USC cornerback Josh Shaw inventing a heroic rescue, but it's pretty pathetic in its own comical way nonetheless ...


Peyton Manning's Baby Tantrum

Peyton Manning exposed as a spoiled brat: Cry baby, F-Bomb dropping QB can't handle D.J. Swearinger's fight

By Chris Baldwin

Peyton Manning wants to come across as a tough guy, someone who's done being pushed around the way the Seattle Seahawks shoved and stomped him in the Super Bowl ...


Jeremy Lin Revenge Fears

Jeremy Lin revenge fear freaks out the Lin Only Haters: Future All-Star no longer needs to turn the other cheek

By Chris Baldwin

There are still 69 days till the Houston Rockets' season opener, but you wouldn't know that from the way the Lin Only Haters are already freaking out. Ever since ...


Clowney Crushes Manziel

Jadeveon Clowney crushes the Johnny Manziel overhype, steals Hard Knocks stage with extreme force

By Chris Baldwin

Johnny Manziel is the media megastar of all media megastars, the guy who's taken over LeBron James' kingdom in Cleveland to the extent that if both Manziel and LeBron ...


Case Keenum Snubbed?

Case Keenum snubbed again? UH star's chance given to Bill O'Brien's Chosen One Tom Savage as Fitz shines

By Chris Baldwin

This time, Bill O'Brien wastes little time in getting Ryan Fitzpatrick out of a preseason game. But the first-year Houston Texans coach still denies Case Keenum a real chance ...


Case Keenum Given Hope

Case Keenum given hope by Bill O'Brien? Texans coach broaches quarterback change in most Bill Belichick way

By Chris Baldwin

The debacle in the desert has not created a true quarterback competition on the Houston Texans. But new coach Bill O'Brien is opening the door on the possibility at ...


Case Keenum Robbed

Case Keenum robbed of real chance (again) as Ryan Fitzpatrick lives down to Worst Quarterback in NFL label

By Chris Baldwin

Bill O'Brien keeps sending Ryan Fitzpatrick out into desert over and over again, hoping that the play he's seeing from his strange handpicked quarterback choice is somehow just ...


Bob McNair Goes Clint Eastwood

Mustache stud Bob McNair shows he's a True American Tough Guy in quiet, fierce cancer fight

By Chris Baldwin

Bob McNair always came across as the Houston sports owner you'd most like to have a beer with, the most regular guy among the bunch. Despite his billionaire's ...


Foster Offends Media Babies

Arian Foster doesn't owe Houston media babies a thing: Let funny man be — Sharknado's less overblown

By Chris Baldwin

Arian Foster's long been the most interesting athlete in Houston, the blinding talent who never fit neatly into the machine. He challenged reporters to go beyond the usual rote ...


Training Camp Truths

Houston Texans training camps truths: Case Keenum's fight, Arian Foster's health issues & Bill O'Brien's fire

By Chris Baldwin

The Houston Texans are mere days into Bill O'Brien's first training camp, but some truths are already evident.


Andre Johnson Lessons

Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons dissing Rockets fools should learn from how Texans handled Andre Johnson

By Chris Baldwin

Andre Johnson returns to the Houston Texans to get a respectful slow clap from his teammates having gained little of any concrete value. But he also never lost face. And ...


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 ...


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