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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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  • Chagrin vs. Kirtland (Courtesy: Kaily Cunningham/FOX 8 News)

    Friday Night Touchdown week #1 final scores are in

      CLEVELAND- Tonight was the season premiere of Friday Night Touchdown and our hard-working crews traveled all over Northeast Ohio to bring you the best coverage anywhere. **All final scores here** The Friday Night Touchdown game of the week was in Kirtland.  The perennial powerhouse Hornets hosted the always tough Tigers of Chagrin Falls. Kirtland came within an eyelash of winning another state title last fall. And, they got off to a great start tonight, winning 24-9. **Get web extras on the Game of […]

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    High school football kicks off in Northeast Ohio

    CLEVELAND- While Fox 8 is gearing up for the season premiere of Friday Night Touchdown, there are a few games on tonight’s schedule as the season has a “soft opening” much like a new restaurant. There will be nothing ” soft” about the hard hitting we will see when we visit a few games in football hotbeds. ***Check out our high school football stories, scores and pictures here*** The Massillon Washington Tigers and their new coach, Nate Moore host Massillon […]

  • Friday Night Touchdown Game of the Week

    Week 1: Fox 8’s Game of the Week is Chagrin Falls at Kirtland

    The 2015 season of ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ kicks off on Friday, August 28th at 11:00 p.m. **CLICK HERE to see updated scores from tonight’s games** This past week, we asked fans, students, staff, players, coaches and FOX 8 viewers to vote for the Game of the Week. The nominees were: AURORA  at  SOLON, BEDFORD  at  BEREA-MIDPARK, CHAGRIN FALLS  at  KIRTLAND or NORDONIA  at  MAYFIELD. This week’s winner was: CHAGRIN FALLS  at  KIRTLAND. The 55-game home winning streak is on the line for the Kirtland Hornets. Each […]

  • Friday Night Touchdown 2015

    Just one more week until Fox 8 kicks off season 19 of Friday Night Touchdown

    CLEVELAND – Fox 8 is just one week away from season number 19 of Friday Night Touchdown. Friday night at 11 p.m. on August 28, the battle-tested pros of Fox 8 will be all over Northeast Ohio getting the highlights, and pageantry that is high school football. Area schools, St. Edward and Benedictine, return as champions. The St. Edward Eagles defend their title with a new coach. He’s a familiar face to Friday Night Touchdown viewers.  Former Medina Highland Coach Tom […]

  • Friday Night Touchdown 2015

    Almost touchdown time! Gearing up for season 19 of Friday Night Touchdown

    CLEVELAND– Fox 8 is gearing up for season number 19 of Friday Night Touchdown.  Schools are still sorting through their talent and getting squads ready for the opening weekend, two weeks away. Most schools have played one scrimmage and are getting ready for the second one. Kids have been hitting each other and bruises are piling up. But nothing beats opening weekend and Fox 8 is ready.  Friday night at 11pm on August 28, the battle-tested pros of Fox 8 […]

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    Browns’ Thomas dodges knee injury, Manziel rests sore elbow

    BEREA, Ohio— Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas did not sustain any significant damage when he was hit on the right knee during practice. Thomas did not practice Tuesday, but that was a planned rest day for the veteran. Thomas had his knee struck from behind by rookie defensive tackle Danny Shelton, who inadvertently fell into the eight-time Pro Bowler while being blocked on a running play on Monday. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thomas may still play in […]

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    Browns struggle with training camp injuries

    BEREA, OH – Welcome to the summer of the trainers. The Browns have seen way more than their share of injuries during this camp in Berea.  On Monday, two starting offensive players went down at the end of drills.  Soon they would be spending the bulk of their time with trainers in an effort to get back on the field. However, on Monday, the sight of 8-time Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas walking off the field took many by surprise.  […]

  • LeBron James addressed the media after the Cavs loss in Game 6 of the 2015 NBA Finals. (Photo: John Telich/Fox 8 News)

    LeBron James on Cavs losing in NBA Finals: ‘Just wasn’t our time’

    CLEVELAND- LeBron James looked out at a sea of reporters and declared with great resignation,”Just wasn’t our time.” When did he feel the Cavs’ chances had completely run out? “When the clock was at zero and it was over.” James just concluded one of the more remarkable NBA Finals performances in history. He totaled 210 points, and notched two triple-doubles. However, he couldn’t ignore the fact that he has lost four of six trips to the Finals in his career. […]

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    Warriors beat Cavaliers, 105-97, to win NBA Championship

    CLEVELAND– The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship beating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-97. The Cavs came into Game 6 knowing it was a must-in, but they got off to a slow start. In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. Thank you, fans, for an incredible season. #ALLinCLE pic.twitter.com/xb3HnUm42n — Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 17, 2015 Thank you for your support, #CavsNation. We're proud to have the BEST fans in The Land. pic.twitter.com/HBiQ9tqCpu — Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 17, […]

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    Cavs look to keep hope alive in Game 6 of NBA Finals

    CLEVELAND– It’s do-or-die time for the Cavaliers. Every cliché you could imagine will apply for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Cavs know there is no tomorrow if they can’t get the job done tonight. A heartstopping playoff run is in danger of ending if the Cavs can’t find a way to extend the season to Game 7. Know this. LeBron James is having an NBA Finals for the ages. He is averaging 36.6 points per game while pulling […]

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    Warriors beat Cavaliers, 103-82, in Game 4 of NBA Finals, series tied 2-2

    CLEVELAND – Game 4 of the NBA Finals went to the Warriors and they have now tied the series up 2-2. Game 5 will be back in Oakland on Sunday night. Final score was 103-82. **Check out JT’s analysis in the video below** No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals, so a win for the Warriors was essential in keeping their NBA Finals hope alive. The Cavaliers took an early lead in the game, but […]

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    Cavs beat Warriors, 96-91, in Game 3 of NBA Finals; lead series 2-1

    CLEVELAND– The Cavaliers just made history again. They scored their first NBA Finals win at home with a 96-91 win over Golden State. They now lead the series 2-1. Game 4 on Thursday is also in Cleveland. #NBAFinals Game 3: ✔️ Put it in the books. #ALLinCLE pic.twitter.com/6MaxL9sC8s — Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 10, 2015 #Cavs get their first home #NBAFinals win in franchise history 96-91. #CLE #NBAFinals — P.J. ZIEGLER (@PJFOX8) June 10, 2015 At one time, the Cavs led […]