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Chris Haynes leaving to cover Golden State Warriors for ESPN

If you are a sports writer or reporter who eventually wants to cover the Golden State Warriors and work in the San Francisco/Oakland area, you better cover sports in Cleveland first.

For the second time in less than a year, a sports writer covering one of Cleveland’s three professional sports franchises is packing his bags and moving to the Bay Area for their new job.

Late Wednesday night, Chris Haynes, one of three sports writers who covered the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers for announced on his facebook page that he is leaving Northeast Ohio to return to the west coast.

Haynes will serve as a Golden State Warriors beat reporter for ESPN. Haynes came to to cover the Cavaliers in 2014 following the announcement of LeBron James’ return to Cleveland from Miami.

Haynes spent two years with and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Haynes, along with Chris Fedor and Joe Vardon served as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat reporters for and the Cleveland Plain Dealer the last two years.

Haynes announced his decision to move back west on his 35th birthday and revealed the news on his Facebook page.

Haynes, joins former senior writer Kevin Jones as beat writers covering the reigning Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors. Jones covers the Warriors for KNBR radio in the Bay Area.

Haynes is the second Cleveland sports beat writer to leave and the Cleveland Plain Dealer in the last couple of months. Tom Reed left his post as a Cleveland Browns beat writer to join the Columbus Dispatch earlier this year.

Scott Piker has spent over 15 years in the Cleveland media covering news and sports with experience in radio, television, print and digital media. He has covered everything from high school, college, Indians, Browns, Cavaliers and Buckeyes. Scott spent five years as the sports producer at WEWS NewsChannel 5, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland and also has his sports work featured on Scott has also received an emmy award in television news. Scott was born and raised and still resides in his hometown of Madison, Ohio.

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