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Editorial Staff

Gustavo Braga, editor

Gustavo Braga is an economics major turned journalist that lives and loves sports. Knicks / Giants fan, he writes on the NBA and Soccer. Currently an editor of Empire Writes Back, the New York sports blog of the Fansided Network.

James McDermott, editor

James McDermott is a life-long Islanders, Mets, Giants and Knicks fan. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from The State University of New York, University at Albany. In addition to his work at EmpireWritesBack.com, he is also a co-creator, editor and writer for IslandersFanForum.com.

Brian Sausa, Staff Writer

Brian Sausa is a Queens, New York native with a lifelong passion for sports and consistently follows almost every major sport. An aspiring journalist, Sausa has a degree in journalism from the University at Albany and attempts to bring a level-headed approach that sometimes escapes us as die hard fans of sports teams.

Gavin Ewbank, Staff Writer

Gavin is a junior in high school covering everything around the Yankees from the always-too-hot Palm Coast, Florida. He writes about the Yankees and everything baseball at a couple different sites around the web, including his personal blog: yanksbeatblog.blogspot.com.

Kyle Nuss, Staff Writer

Kyle Nuss joined Empire Writes Back in Feb. 2014 and as well currently a writer/manager for All Hail Sports Blog. Kyle loves sports and is a big fan of the Jets, Yankees, Rangers, and Syracuse.

Daniel Berke, Staff Writer

Daniel Berke is a staff-writer for Empire Writes Back, a New York sports blog that is part of the FanSided network. An avid Mets, Jets & Devils fan, Dan has been a part of the FanSided network since May 2014, and likes to think of himself as somewhat of a sports enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter @Daniel_Berke

Trennis Phillips, Staff Writer

Chris Dougherty, Staff Writer

Chris is Fan Sided's first-ever New York City FC correspondent and an NYCFC season ticket holder. Chris also contributes to FanSided's MLS site MLS Multiplex. Chris has previously covered multiple sports for various major outlets such as Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated, and even USA Today Sports.

Cory Metz, Staff Writer

My name is Cory Metz. I am a big New York Giants, New York Mets, Brooklyn Nets, and New Jersey Devils fan. I like my writing to be funny, yet still have a strong point for the reader to grasp. In the end, I just want to make my readers think from a different perspective. You may agree or disagree with my perspective either way, I am just glad I got you to start thinking.

Paul Ciullo, Staff Writer

Lifelong sports fan, some of my earliest memories growing up revolve around making trips to the Carrier Dome to watch Syracuse engage in battles against their Big East brethren. Huge Yankee and Knicks fan, I was lucky enough to witness the last game played at the Old Yankee Stadium and first game at the New Yankee Stadium. Graduate of SUNY Geneseo, I spend a good portion of my free time talking, reading, and writing about sports, and to this end created PAC’s Sports and Entertainment Forum (http://paulyard20.com/) where I serve as the head writer.

Jared Steckler, Staff Writer

Jared Steckler is a Long Island, New York-native with an unrivaled passion for all things Mets, Rangers, Giants and Knicks. He graduated from the University at Albany where he majored in journalism and political science. Penchant for statistical analytics. Commitment to unadulterated, rational analysis.

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