Managing Editor: Danny Cross
Danny Cross is the managing editor of PlayOhio. He previously worked as an editor at Pro Football Focus and spent over a decade at a newsweekly in Cincinnati.
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Senior Lead Writer: Matthew Kredell
Matthew Kredell has covered efforts to legalize and regulate online gambling since 2007. A USC journalism alum, Matt started his career as a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Daily News and has written on a variety of topics for Playboy, Men’s Journal, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly and ESPN.com.
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Lead Writer: Steve Friess
Steve Friess is the national gambling industry correspondent for PlayOhio. He is also a contributing writer for Newsweek. A Long Island native who earned a journalism degree at Northwestern University, Friess worked at newspapers in Rockford, Illinois, Las Vegas, and South Florida before launching a freelance career in Beijing, China, where he served as chief China correspondent for USA Today. After his return to the U.S. in 2003, he settled in Las Vegas, where he covered the gambling industry and the American Southwest regularly for The New York Times, Playboy, The New Republic, Time, Portfolio, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, New York magazine, and many others. In 2011-12, Friess was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. That was followed by a stint as a senior writer covering the intersection of technology and politics at Politico in Washington, D.C., In 2013, he returned permanently to Ann Arbor.
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Head of Production: Kim Yuhl
Kim Yuhl has a decade of experience writing about poker culture, the online gambling industry, and the legalization of sports betting.
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Senior Content Manager: Matt Schoch
A Michigan native, Matt Schoch has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Missouri and the Virgin Islands. Schoch has covered sailing on the Great Lakes, cricket in the Caribbean, high school and pro playoffs, and the Olympics in Rio. He’s also the former host of the Locked On Pistons Podcast and producer of the documentary, “Ypsi’ Emoni.” A former blackjack dealer, Schoch has studied the industry from all sides.
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Content Manager: Andrew Champagne
Andrew Champagne is an award-winning writer and horse racing handicapper. Originally from upstate New York, he now resides in Concord, California.
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Contributor: Hill Kerby
Hill Kerby comes from a background of poker, sports and psychology. He brings all of these areas into his writing, where he feels fortunate to be able to create value in the growing, legalized betting industry.
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Contributor: Rashid Mohamed
Rashid Mohamed is a sportswriter based in Denver, Colo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and an associate degree in journalism. Rashid enjoys covering sporting events and the sports betting industry.
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Contributor: Darren Cooper
Darren Cooper was born and raised in Southern Louisiana, just a short pirogue ride away from New Orleans. He started his journalism career at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and has been a writer and columnist in New Jersey since 1998. He’s won 14 statewide press awards and earned his first Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10 award in 2022.
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Contributor: JR Duren
JR Duren has covered the Ohio, Maine, Oregon, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey gambling beats for Catena Media. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun. Duren is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest and has written for several newspapers in Florida and California.