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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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  • 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 […]

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    Cavs are ‘All In’ as they prepare to take on Hawks in Atlanta

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio– Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the number one seed in the east: the Atlanta Hawks, in the Eastern Conference Finals. For the first time in the playoffs, the Cavs begin on the road. They flew down to Georgia Tuesday afternoon and are getting ready for an 8:30 tip-off Wednesday night. **Our own P.J. Ziegler will be LIVE in Atlanta on Wednesday for the start of the series. Follow his updates here on fox8.com and on […]

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    2015 NFL Draft underway

    CHICAGO – The 2015 NFL Draft is underway, and that means the Cleveland Browns are getting closer to making their first selection. The Browns have 10 picks in this year’s draft, 12th and 19th overall pick in the first round.  The Browns have 3 picks in the top 50 and 4 in the top 100. On Wednesday, ESPN reported that the Browns had offered their two first round draft picks (12 and 19) to the Tennessee Titans for the second […]

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    Kevin Love out of Game 4 with shoulder injury

    BOSTON, MA – Cavs’ power forward Kevin Love left today’s game clutching his shoulder after tangling with Boston’s Kelly Olynyk in the first quarter. Love is currently icing the shoulder in the locker room and it has been announced that he will NOT be returning to today’s game. Teammates Anderson Varejao and Mike Miller left the bench to check on him. Fox 8’s John Telich and P.J. Ziegler are updating the game. P.J. is in Boston. Kevin Love won't return […]

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    Cavs to face Celtics in first round of playoffs

    CLEVELAND- The Cleveland Cavaliers will face the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics beat the Raptors, 95-93, Tuesday night, and clinched the No. 7 seed in the East.  Boston went 18-10 in its final 28 games to earn the playoff spot. Cavs and Boston begin this weekend. Stay tuned to FOX 8 News and FOX8.com for exact dates and times.  

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    Canton native Brian Hartline agrees to terms to play for Cleveland Browns

    CLEVELAND– Canton native Brian Hartline has agreed to terms to come back to Northeast Ohio and play for the Cleveland Browns. Hartline, a Canton GlenOak alum, who starred at Ohio State, will sign a two-year deal, for a reported $6 million. NEWS: Browns have agreed to terms with free agent WR Brian Hartline pic.twitter.com/CewbOMkMuq — Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 10, 2015 The Browns' newest wide receiver, Brian Hartline PHOTOS: http://t.co/64fO8cgsVX pic.twitter.com/W4QTwa0XYF — Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 10, 2015 The wide receiver […]

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    Report: Browns face fallout over texting investigation

    CLEVELAND– There could be fallout as the NFL investigates the Cleveland Browns to see whether or not text messages were sent to coaches on the sideline during games. According to the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Browns General Manager Ray Farmer is the subject of the probe. He is believed to be the one who violated the electronic use policy by texting. The so-called dysfunction is one reason Kyle Shanahan left the Browns. There could be punishment handed down as early […]

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    Jeff Rotsky hired as head football coach at Euclid High School

    EUCLID, Ohio — Former Cleveland Heights football coach Jeff Rotsky will now lead the Euclid High School Panthers. Fox 8’s John Telich confirmed the move early Wednesday morning. In a press release issued later in the day, Euclid City Schools said the decision to hire Rotsky was a unanimous recommendation by a committee formed to identify the school’s new coach. It follows a lengthy search for Euclid dating back to November. The recommendation will be brought to the Euclid Board […]