Ron Fritz, managing editor
Ron Fritz is managing editor for PlayUSA. He has written and edited casino and sports betting content for gambling websites after a long career in newspapers. Fritz began working with Catena Media in Fall 2022 as a freelance writer.
In 2019, he joined Gambling.com Group, helping to oversee news coverage on its top websites before moving to the states team and assisting in the launch of websites covering legal and regulated gambling in those states.
An Ohio native, Fritz has been an editor at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, Wilmington (Del.) Journal and Baltimore Sun, overseeing award-winning news and sports sections. Fritz graduated from Bowling Green State University with a journalism degree. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife. Sadly, he remains a diehard fan of the Cleveland professional sports teams.
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Derek Helling, assistant managing editor
Derek Helling is the assistant managing editor for PlayUSA. He broke into covering the legal gambling industry in North America in 2018 while PASPA still existed and the only reason anyone knew anything about the Federal Wire Act of 1961 was that Robert F. Kennedy made a big deal of it when he was JFK’s attorney general.
Within a broader scope of gaming, Helling focuses on reporting on breaking news plus legislation and litigation happening in the industry. He loves to read hundreds of pages of a gambling bill or lawsuit so his audience doesn’t have to.
Prior to moving into covering gambling, Helling covered the business and legal aspects of sports for publications like FanSided’s flagship site, Ozy, and other Catena Media sites. Helling completed his journalism degree at the University of Iowa.
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Matthew Kredell, senior lead writer, legislative affairs
Matthew Kredell has written about the legalization and regulation of online gambling since 2007 and sports betting since 2010. He has interviewed more than 250 state lawmakers and four US Congressmen to produce original content on gambling legislation. A USC journalism graduate, Kredell began his career as a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Daily News. His writing on a variety of topics has been featured in Playboy Magazine, Men’s Journal, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly and ESPN.
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Steve Friess, columnist
Steve Friess is a longtime gambling reporter and columnist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, New Republic, Time, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, New York magazine and many others. Friess writes the State of Play column for PlayUSA twice a week. He began covering Las Vegas news in 1996 and has reported on casino resort openings in Asia, Europe and across the U.S.
During his time in Las Vegas he created and co-hosted two successful and groundbreaking podcasts, the celebrity-interview show The Strip and the animal affairs program The Petcast. He, his husband, their children and three Poms live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He tweets at @SteveFriess and can be reached at [email protected].
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Katarina Vojvodic, lead writer
Katarina Vojvodic is a Toronto-based online gambling writer. In her role as a lead writer for PlayUSA, she provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Before joining the PlayUSA team, Vojvodic worked for PlayCanada, covering Ontario’s online gambling regulation and legislation.
While living in Europe, Vojvodic spent four years reporting about the world of online casinos and interviewing numerous iGaming experts.
Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids. She’s all about healthy, active living and a fan of Manchester United and FC Barcelona (and the Toronto Raptors).
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J.R. Duren, writer
J.R. Duren has covered the gambling beats for more than a dozen states for Catena Media since 2015. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun, and he is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest.
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Marc Meltzer, writer
Marc grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx. He’s the rare combination of Yankees and Jets fan which explains his often contrarian point of view. Marc is a freelance writer and social media consultant. Writing about steak, booze, gambling and Las Vegas is a tough job but somebody has to do it.
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