From The Plain Dealer

You know about LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and the rest of a talented Cavaliers team that will try to bring Cleveland its first sports championship in a half century.

Now meet the Northeast Ohio Media Group team that will bring you the stories of that hunt for a championship, discuss your take and offer perspectives you will find only on and in The Plain Dealer.

Chris Haynes takes over as the Cavs beat writer, responsible for coverage of the team, the games and the players. Chris comes to Cleveland from Portland, where he is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for Comcast SportsNet Northwest.

Previously he covered the NBA for In Portland, Chris has built a reputation as the go-to NBA writer, the one who breaks the big stories. NBA reporter Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports says “there is no NBA team beat writer that breaks more news than Haynes.” Chris has a bachelor’s degree from California State University in Fresno.

One of Joe Vardon’s early jobs in journalism was covering Cleveland sports, including the Cavaliers, for a wire service. His work caught the attention of the Toledo Blade, which hired him to cover a variety of sports beats and, later, investigative news projects. For the past three years, Joe has covered Gov. John Kasich and state government for the Columbus Dispatch.

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