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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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College Football Playoff Sham

College football playoff sham: TCU and Baylor ridiculously robbed, but Horned Frogs have bigger beef

By Chris Baldwin

In the end, college football's overlords act like college football's overlords always do. They jump over themselves to reward the blue bloods — logic, reason and good sense be ...


Watt's $100 Million Celebration

J.J. Watt celebrates his $100 million contract with cleaning lady at empty facility

By Chris Baldwin

There are all kinds of ways to celebrate a new mega million dollar sports contract. If you're former Houston Rocket Chandler Parsons, you go clubbing with a billionaire. If ...


UT's Wasted 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 waged an assault on the ...


Johnny Manziel's Last Laugh

Johnny Manziel gets last laugh: Cocky as ever and still No. 1 star despite 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 ...


Final Four Truths

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 ...


Manziel's Final Four Blunder

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

By Chris Baldwin

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


Kentucky Stunner

Aaron Harrison renders Drake speechless with absurd Final Four stunner

By Chris Baldwin

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


A Basketball State?

Evil Kentucky deserves Texas support: Julius Randle, Harrison twins bring grounded Lone Star pride

By Chris Baldwin

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 with ...


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

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 lawyers ...


Houston Fire Photos

Pictures from the five-alarm Houston apartment fire: Up close with a beast of blaze

By Chris Baldwin

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


The Road To Dallas

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

By Chris Baldwin

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 for the ...


The Road To Dallas

Phony Duke is dead, but this NCAA sleeper infuriates a major college football coach

By Chris Baldwin

SAN ANTONIO — It's hard to imagine any NCAA Tournament game garnering less attention than Baylor University's ugly 74-60 dispatching of Nebraska. After all, Duke and its bully coach ...


Peyton Manning's Super Choke

Peyton Manning chokes: Tim Tebow outperforms incredible shrinking star in Super Bowl dud

By Chris Baldwin

With six minutes left in his Super Bowl nightmare, Peyton Manning sat meekly on the Denver bench, quietly watching his time tick away. Peyton's helmet was still on, but ...


Manziel Not Humbled

Johnny Manziel not humiliated: Smug Alabama hasn't solved Texas A&M wonder

By Chris Baldwin

Everyone wanted Johnny Manziel to be humiliated. Everyone wanted him to be humbled. Everyone wanted him to be harried. All those sanctimonious TV commentators, all those haughty Alabama fans, all ...


New Cheap Eats

New cheap eats: Austin restaurant looks to change the way you look at bar food

By Chris Baldwin

School's almost in session — and it's looking to change people's perception of what cheap bar food can be. The much-anticipated (and somewhat delayed) School House Pub on ...


Aquarium Under Protest

Austin Aquarium boycott group mobilizes in wake of animal death reports

By Chris Baldwin

The new Austin Aquarium is still months away from ever opening, but it's already being protested by local marine wildlife lovers. In the wake of reports of a horrific ...


Austin Disrespected

Austin dissed in new minor league sports rankings: Nolan Ryan would disagree

By Chris Baldwin

The one and only Nolan Ryan is such a fan of Round Rock, its minor league baseball and the greater Austin lifestyle that he wondered why his son would want ...


Real Estate Frenzy

Austin home sales shatter all-time record: Could many soon be priced out?

By Chris Baldwin

The Austin real estate market is hotter than its ever been. All-time records that date back to the 1960s are being shattered with July seeing the most homes sold (3 ...


New Aquarium Controversy

Owners of new Austin Aquarium linked to 200-plus animal deaths in Portland

By Chris Baldwin

A new Austin Aquarium already under construction is touting itself as the "Aquarium of the Future." But it's the owners past that is liable to raise a ton of ...


Goodybe and Good Luck

Beloved former University of Texas president and World War II hero dies

By Chris Baldwin

A longtime University of Texas at Austin professor, president and World War II hero died Thursday morning, ending a Longhorn life well lived. William S. Livingston worked at UT from ...


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