James Stradley, Lead Writer
James Stradley is the Lead Writer at Playin Pennsylvania bringing you comprehensive coverage of sports betting and gambling in Pennsylvania. James is a 4-for-4 Philly sports fan and previously worked as a writer and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC Sports Philadelphia.
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James Barnes, Writer
James Barnes comes from a background of poker, sports and psychology. He brings all of that expertise into his writing, where he contributes content in the growing legalized sports betting, online casino and gambling industry.
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Jesse Ly, Writer
Jesse Ly is an award-winning writer with more than 1,000 published bylines and two decades of journalism experience. His work has won awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Keystone Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has also authored three books, one of which debuted as an Amazon No. 1 New Release.
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Michael Gaspard, Writer
Michael Gaspard is a freelance writer who studied Professional Writing and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati. Michael cut his teeth at Cincinnati’s alt-weekly as a contributing writer for over 10 years. He grew up tagging along to the horse track with dad on the weekends, and still picks horses based on the color of their silks.
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George Letourneau, Writer
George Letourneau, a multiple national award-winning boxing commentator and writer, authors NFL betting columns for the Press of Atlantic City and IGaming Player, among others. He extensively covers legal New Jersey and Pennsylvania sports betting and is also an on-camera personality for Eagles betting content in the Catena Media network.
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Sue G. Pernell, Analyst
Sue G. Pernell oversees content for Catena Media’s Play-branded sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan and has covered poker and the legal gambling industry since 2016. Valerie got her BA at Furman University and has MA and PhD degrees in language education from Indiana University.
Marc Simmons, Analyst
Marc Simmons has been a journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer — including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner.
Darrell A. Delgado , Analyst
Darrell is a reporter and writer covering poker, sports betting, and DFS. He comes from a poker background, formerly on staff at PokerNews and the World Poker Tour.
Wilbert Faulkner, Former Contributor
Wilbert Faulkner is a veteran sports writer based just outside of Philadelphia and not too far from the Jersey Shore. Wilbert covers the legal gambling industry including sports betting, online casinos and Atlantic City casino news.
Danny Juarez, Former Contributor
Danny Juarez is a writer and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Once a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. In 2019, his book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books.
Diane A. Foster, Former Contributor
Diane A. Foster is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist. She is the Managing Editor at Playin Pennsylvania and covers the Pennsylvania gambling industry with an emphasis on sports betting, online casino/poker and the lottery.
David Gannaway, Former Contributor
David Gannaway is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.