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.

Recent Articles
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    BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns have announced that five coaches have been relieved of their duties. Leaving the organization are Louie Cioffi, the defensive backs coach, Johnny Holland, inside linebackers coach, Hal Hunter, the offensive line coach, Cannon Matthews, assistant defensive backs and Ryan Slowik, the outside linebackers coach. Four of the five coaches were defensive coaches, which Fox 8’s John Telich says can be seen as a direct result of the hiring of the new defensive coordinator, Gregg […]

  • St. Ignatius Wildcats fall to St. Xavier in state title game

    COLUMBUS, Ohio– The St. Ignatius Wildcats were going for the school’s 12th state title, tonight, when they faced Cincinnati St. Xavier in the Division I title game. But, they fell just short, losing in double OT, 27-20. St. Ignatius had just one loss on the year and was trying to win a title one year after missing the playoffs. Earlier today, Cuyahoga Heights went for a state title in Division VI when they took on Maria Stein Marion Local. They fell short, 21-17, […]

  • ‘Great season, boys’: Massillon Perry falls to Cincinnati La Salle in state title game

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Massillon Perry Panthers found themselves in the state title game in Division II, Thursday night, facing defending champion Cincinnati La Salle, once again. But, Perry came up short, 14-7. La Salle won their third straight Division II state championship. Perry Athletics tweeted out a “Great season boys!” after the game. Perry comes up short losing 14-7 to LaSalle as LaSalle wins their 3rd straight D2 State Championship. Great season boys! — Perry Athletics (@PerryAthletics) December 2, […]

  • Former Browns great Bob Gain passes away at 87

    WILLOUGBHY, OH – Former Browns great Bob Gain died Monday at Lake West Hospital. He was 87 years old. His widow, Kitty told Fox 8 news that Bob was in the hospital since last Thursday. The couple had been married 63 years. Gain was a five time Pro Bowl player who played 13 seasons for the Cleveland Browns. He was a member of 3 NFL championship teams in Cleveland. He also played one season in the Canadian Football League. Gain […]

  • Scores: Cuyahoga Heights beats Kirtland in Week 9 of Friday Night Touchdown

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  • Final scores: Week 8 of high school football

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  • Final scores: Week 7 of high school football

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  • Final scores: Week 6 of high school football

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  • Final scores: Week 5 high school football

    Already, it’s week five of the high school football season! **Check final football scores here** The Game of the Week featured an Akron parochial battle as the number 4 team in the Fox 8 Top 8, Akron Hoban, put its record on the line against rival Akron St. Vincent St. Mary. Akron Hoban won, 24-0. Number 1 Stow hosted Nordonia and won, 63-28. The number 3 St. Ignatius Wildcats were at Walsh Jesuit; St. Ignatius won, 30-0. The Chardon Hilltoppers hosted the Madison […]

  • Reports: Browns to sign veteran QB Charlie Whitehurst

    CLEVELAND – A new quarterback may be headed the Browns’ way, after two of the team’s starting quarterbacks went down to injuries in the first two weeks of the season. Fox8’s John Telich says that his agency reports that Charlie Whitehurst is coming to Cleveland to play backup for rookie QB Cody Kessler, who will start against Miami after Josh McCown and Robert Griffin III were injured. .@_SportsTrust (agent) tweeting that Charlie Whitehurst @cwhitey6 is on his way to Browns, presumably to […]

  • Final scores: High school football week 4

    It’s week 4 of the high school football season and our Fox 8 crews covered 21 games all over Northeast Ohio for another exciting edition of Friday Night Touchdown. **Get final scores right here Friday night** The Bedford Bearcats, one of our Fox 8 Top 8, beat Warrensville Heights in the Game of the Week. Final score was 35-32. Can Mac Stephens’ Cleveland Heights Tigers knock off another Catholic power? The answer is yes. After beating Benedictine last week, the Lake […]

  • Final scores: Week 3 of Friday Night Touchdown

    FOX 8 crews geared up for tonight’s week 3 edition of Friday Night Touchdown. CLICK HERE to get all of your final scores Jessica Dill will be in studio at 11 pm as guest host and she spent part of her night at Westlake where the Demons fell to Avon Lake. The Friday Night Touchdown, game of the week was Barberton at Cuyahoga Falls. Barberton grabbed the win. Not only did that game keep photojournalist Dave Bradford busy, he also cover Youngstown Ursuline […]