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John anchors Fox 8 sports on the weeknights and produces a variety of features, in addition to serving as veteran correspondent on many key events. He also tackles tough physical assignments, such as flying with the Navy’s Blue Angles. For seven seasons, J.T. hosted the CAVS pre-game show on Fox Sports Net.

Prior to joining WJW as a sports anchor in September 1980, J.T. was assistant sports director of WIVB TV in Buffalo, New York. A graduate of Euclid High and Ashland College, he began his career in Ashland, Ohio, in 1972 with local radio.

An 11-time Emmy Award winner, J.T. has won numerous awards for his coverage of Cleveland sports, both professional and high school. His features have been honored by U.P.I., A.P. and The Press Club of Cleveland. In 2007, he was named to the Hall of Fame by the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters, and won the Chuck Heaton Award from the Cleveland Press Club.

A fitness buff, J.T. has completed over 100 triathlons in the past 27 years, including three Ironman Distance races. In 2012, Telich completed the Burning River 100 Mile Ultra Marathon in just over 29 hours.

The Euclid native has been married for 36 years to the former Jane Quinton. They are the parents of three children, Courtney, Patrick and Joseph. A puppy English Springer Spaniel, Scarlet, joined the family in December 2012.

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    Final scores: Friday Night Touchdown Week 9

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    Grizzlies beat Cavs in Cleveland’s final exhibition game

    The Memphis Grizzlies beat the LeBron James-less Cavs on Wednesday night in the final exhibition game for Cleveland, 96-92. James did not play as the plan during the preseason was to rest some of the veterans to have them fresh for the season. Like in the NFL, the object is to get through the preseason without any injuries and the Cavs appeared to do that. Cleveland was paced by All-Star Kyrie Irving who scored 16 while Dion Waiters added 15. […]

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    Benedictine’s Jerome Baker flips commitment from Florida to Ohio State

    One of the top recruits in Ohio, Benedictine High School’s Jerome Baker has flipped his commitment and will play his college football much closer to home. I am officially flipping my commitment from Florida to THE Ohio State University. Thanks for all your support. 🅾🙌 pic.twitter.com/WxrvliX74Y — Baker Inc. (@Lastname_Baker) October 22, 2014 Baker announced Tuesday night he will attend Ohio State University to play for the Buckeyes. That move effectively negated an earlier commitment to the University of Florida. […]

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    Another preseason victory: Cavs beat Bulls, 107-98

    COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Cavaliers faced a team LeBron James declared was better than them but the Wine and Gold got the better of the deal in a 107-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls Monday night in Columbus. Prior to the game, James told reporters the Bulls had more continuity and were more developed as a team at this stage. He predicted the Cavs would go through adversity, but that the experience would only serve to make the team better. All […]

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    Best week yet! Final scores for week 8 of high school football

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    Lots of Love: One of the ‘Big Three’ leads Cavs to win over Bucks

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    Final scores for week 7 of Friday Night Touchdown

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    Mentor High School football player injured during game, airlifted to hospital

    MENTOR, Ohio — The family of a Mentor High School football player is asking for prayers after the freshman was injured during a game Thursday night. The student, Matt Gianfagna, was airlifted to a MetroHealth Medical Center after he was hurt during a game against Brunswick. He is currently in critical condition. Gianfagna’s mom, Crystal Westbrook, told Fox 8’s Kevin Freeman at the hospital late Thursday night that her son had an MRI and had feeling in his hands and […]

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    Friday Night Touchdown week #6: Final scores are in

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  • Top teams: Check out this week’s FOX 8 Top 8

    Halfway through the high school football season– which teams will make the coveted list: the FOX 8 Top 8? Watch the video above for the prestigious list. Join John Telich, P.J. Ziegler and Dan Coughlin every Friday at 11 p.m. on FOX 8 during high school football season for Friday Night Touchdown. Get score updates every Friday night on FOX8.com. CLICK HERE for continuing high school football coverage.

  • Lookin’ good! LeBron, Kyrie & rest of Cavs prepare for scrimmage

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio- The Cavs have the big three on the court for Wednesday’s Wine & Gold Scrimmage; however, the focus in Independence has been getting everyone familiar with head coach David Blatt’s system. LeBron has been oozing leadership, taking the young guys under his wing. Tuesday, LeBron and Kyrie were working on their shots. *See the video above* The Cavaliers are hosting the FREE Wine & Gold Scrimmage Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Q. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. […]

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    Indians’ Corey Kluber strikes huge honor with AL Pitcher of the Month

    What a month of September for the Indians’ Corey Kluber. His fabulous conclusion to his season earned him another honor.  He was named the American League Pitcher of the Month. Congrats to @Ckluber, who has been voted AL Pitcher of the Month for September! He went 5-1, 2.09 ERA and 56K. #CyKluber — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 30, 2014 Kluber went 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA and led the majors with 56 strikeouts in September.  He closed the season with […]