PlayAZ Managing Editor: Calli Varner
Calli is the managing editor of PlayAZ. She combines her background in journalism with her knowledge of gambling and love for sports to deliver the latest news and information on Arizona sports betting and casinos. Being a lifelong resident of Arizona, she proudly cheers on the Phoenix Suns. But Calli’s heart belongs to her number one sports team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
PlayAZ Writer: Derek Helling
Jarrett Huff is a former sports editor at Northern Star Media from Wonder Lake, Illinois. Friends and family will tell you he’s an NBA history nerd with a diehard passion for the Chicago Bulls, Bears, and Cubs.
PlayAZ Writer: T.J. McBride
T.J. McBride is a writer and reporter based in Denver who covers the Denver Nuggets as a beat writer. He contributes regularly to PlayTexas on issues surrounding the illegal gaming market. His byline can be found across many websites such as ESPN, FiveThirtyEight, Bleacher Report, and others.
PlayAZ Writer: Hill Kirby
Hill Kerby is a proponent of safe, legal betting, and is grateful to be able to contribute to growing the industry. He has a background in poker, sports, and psychology, all of which he incorporates into his writing.
Contributor: Grant Lucas
Grant Lucas is a longtime sportswriter who has covered the high school, collegiate and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant has covered games and written features and columns surrounding prep sports, Linfield and Oregon State athletics, the Portland Trail Blazers, and golf throughout his career.
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Contributor: CJ Pierre
CJ Pierre is a multimedia journalist currently residing in the Phoenix-Metro Area in Arizona. He has covered news and sports for over a decade for both online and TV broadcasts. Born and raised in Minneapolis, he’s an alum of Minnesota State University Moorhead. As a reporter and videographer, he has covered high school, college, and professional sports, including the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Vikings, and North Dakota State.
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