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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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    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 […]

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    Undisputed champs: JT’s take on Bucks vs. Ducks

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  • Cavaliers confirm trade with Denver Nuggets for Timofey Mozgov

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    Cavs trade Dion Waiters to Oklahoma City Thunder

    CLEVELAND- The Cleveland Cavaliers confirmed Monday night that they are sending Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Cavs have acquired guards Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith from the Knicks and a protected 2015 first-round pick from the Thunder. In exchange, the Cavs will send Waiters to the Thunder, and Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and the 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks. In a press release, Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, said, “We wish Dion the best as he […]

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    Sore knee will keep LeBron from playing on his 30th birthday

    Cavs forward LeBron James will not be playing tonight due to left knee soreness. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Matthew Dellavedova. James turned 30 today and is in his 12th NBA season. A large amount of minutes played this season has contributed to his soreness. LeBron’s sore knee also had him sitting out against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 11. The Cavs are 18-12 and face the Atlanta Hawks in Georgia tonight. Keep it to […]

  • Cavs fall to Nuggets, 106-97

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