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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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    JT’s take on the Cavs NBA Championship: ‘Only in Cleveland, a huge compliment’

    CLEVELAND- Cleveland likes to tag itself as Believeland. True belief was rewarded. The Cavaliers did what no team had ever done before in the NBA Finals; win the title after being down 3 games to one. You know the phrase ” Only in Cleveland”? That’s meant to be derogatory, but in this case, it’s a huge compliment. Only in Cleveland would a team break a 52 year major sports drought by doing something no other team in HISTORY had ever […]

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    JT’s take on tonight’s pivotal game for the Cavs, King James

    OAKLAND, California- Tonight looms as a pivotal game for the Cavaliers LeBron James career legacy. He’s been to the finals seven times…he has two championships.  In  this, the seventh trip to the final match up he certainly doesn’t want to pin another finals loss on his resume, but his manhood on the court is being questioned by his opponents. Even the wife of Steph Curry has gotten into the battle with her tweet that a person who takes the “high […]

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    Browns’ Executive Vice President Bryan Wiedmeier passes away

    BEREA, OH – Longtime NFL executive, Bryan Wiedmeier, who spent the last leg of his career in Cleveland with the Browns, has died. Wiedmeier was 57. He was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer in 2012. At the time, doctors gave him 15 months to live. He made it nearly 4 years later, before passing away. One week after undergoing surgery to remove a glioblastoma tumor, Wiedmeier attended a Browns home game against the Chargers. He was given a game ball […]

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    John Telich: Cavaliers faced with Herculean task in NBA Finals

    CLEVELAND– The Golden State Warriors scorched the record books this past regular season, losing only nine games in an 82-game schedule. Now, with the NBA Finals switching venues to Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavaliers are facing a somewhat Herculean task: Send the Warriors to defeat four times in the next five games. Diehard Cavs fans will note Golden State picked itself up off the canvas, trailing 3-1 to Oklahoma City, and found a way to survive. If the Dubs […]

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    Lake Erie Monsters drop game 4 in Grand Rapids

    The Lake Erie Monsters‘ quest to sweep the Grand Rapids Griffins ended late in the 3rd period Tuesday night. The Griffins scored with less than 3 minutes left to take a 5-4 victory, forcing a game 5. The Monsters scored 3 straight goals to take a 4-1 lead in the 2nd period. But, the Griffins charged back with 1 in the 2nd and 2 early in the 3rd and the score was tied, 4-4, with lots of time left. It […]

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    Indians’ Carrasco out 4-6 weeks with hamstring strain

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Indians said Monday that pitcher Carlos Carrasco will be out 4-6 weeks with a hamstring strain. Carrasco left Sunday’s game against the Tigers after hurting his hamstring on an awkward play while covering first base. He tweeted Monday afternoon: “Thank you to everyone for the well wishes! I don’t like being hurt but I will work hard to come back soon and help my teammates!” Thank you to everyone for the well wishes! I don't like being hurt […]

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    Two local athletes bond over their football dreams

    MENTOR, OH – One of them has faced physical challenges his entire life. The other is trying to make it to football’s pinnacle: the NFL. Fox 8 Sports Anchor John Telich has the story of their friendship and how that special bond is helping each of them to realize their dreams.

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    John Telich: Time to end Johnny Manziel experiment in Cleveland

    BEREA, Ohio– He came as a shot of adrenaline for the Browns and for the city of Cleveland. But all we heard about were shots of booze, bottles of champagne and late-night party binges posted on social media for the world to see. It’s clear to all: The Johnny Manziel Big Top Experience exacted a toll on his team, his teammates and the legion of Browns faithful who took up sides on the question of the former Heisman winner’s true […]

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    Cleveland Browns hire Andrew Berry as VP of player personnel

    CLEVELAND–  The Cleveland Browns have hired Andrew Berry as VP of player personnel. This is the Browns top personnel job. Berry was with the Indianapolis Colts for seven years; four of which he spent as pro-scouting coordinator. “I am truly excited about the opportunity to work with the Cleveland Browns,” said Berry. “I look forward to collaborating with Hue, Sashi, Paul (DePodesta) and the personnel staff to make the most informed decisions to benefit our organization. Hue is an outstanding coach […]

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    Cleveland Browns to hire Ray Horton as defensive coordinator

    CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns have hired Ray Horton as the defensive coordinator, Fox 8’s John Telich has confirmed with a league source. Horton interviewed for the job earlier this week. Recently, new head coach Hue Jackson retained Chris Tabor as the special teams coordinator and let go offensive coordinator John DeFillipo.  Horton was the defensive coordinator for the Browns in 2013 and was fired after just one season. He has spent the last two seasons with the Tennessee Titans. The […]

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    Cleveland Indians agree to one-year contract with reliever Bryan Shaw

    CLEVELAND – Indians reliever Bryan Shaw and the team agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday, thus avoiding arbitration. Though the terms were not disclosed, it’s believed he signed for 2.75 million. Shaw appeared in 74 games, and totaled 64 innings and posted a 3-3 record last season with the Indians. He struck out 54 and registered a 2.95 era. The 2016 home opener for the Indians is April 4 against the Boston Red Sox.

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    Browns hold second interview with head coach candidate Hue Jackson

    BEREA, OH – The Cleveland Browns confirmed that they held a second interview with Bengals’ offensive coordinator Hue Jackson Tuesday for the vacant head coaching position. Jackson, is the first of the seven candidates the team has talked to that received a second interview.   However, as of early Tuesday night, no offer has been made to Jackson.   Owner Jimmy Haslam was present at the interview on the same day of the NFL owners’ relocation meeting.  His wife, Dee was the teams’ representative […]