P.J. is back home. He returned to Northeast Ohio and joined the FOX 8 News team in June of 2011.

P.J. was Sports Director of WVVA-TV in Bluefield, West Virginia for over five years.

Prior to that he served as Sports Director of KAWE-TV in Northern Minnesota.

P.J. won the West Virginia Broadcasters Association “Best Sportscast” for his anchoring of the Greenbrier Classic in 2010. During his time at WVVA and KAWE, P.J. covered everything from high school football to NASCAR, the NFL, MLB, Division I hockey and even the PGA Tour. He also had the opportunity to work on assignment at the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl while covering West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

P.J. is a graduate of Kent State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. To get the latest local sports updates and to find out what P.J. is doing.

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    Encarnacion, Santana and Bauer hope to take Tribe back to World Series

    GOODYEAR, Ariz–The Cleveland Indians continue spring training in Goodyear, Arizona on Wednesday. The team is coming off a run to the World Series run in which they took the Chicago Cubs to a Game 7 before losing at Progressive Field. In the off-season, the front office made a huge splash with the signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion and relief pitcher Boone Logan. FOX 8 Sports is in Arizona with the Indians and caught up with some of the players […]

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    Tribe spring training: Encarnacion gives Indians a booming bat

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. — As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland’s main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team’s newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on his head, Encarnacion signed baseballs, bats, cards and whatever else was thrust in front of him. He didn’t seem to be enjoying himself and appeared disinterested, distant. That’s when one fan pleaded for a little more, saying “You know you […]

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    Cleveland native, ex-Knick Charles Oakley out of jail after allegedly punching three people

    NEW YORK—Cleveland native Charles Oakley is out of jail on Thursday after being arrested inside Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. He was involved in a dispute with security officers during a game between the Knicks and the Clippers. According to New York Police Department, the 54-year-old was charged with three counts of assault in the third degree, one count of criminal trespassing in the third degree and one count of causing a disturbance. Police said Oakley is accused of punched three employees […]

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    FIRST EVER: Super Bowl LI goes into overtime

    HOUSTON, Texas – For the first time ever, a Super Bowl has gone into overtime. The New England Patriots tied the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion with just over a minute to play in the fourth quarter. 57 seconds left. 28-28 tie. This game is ridiculous!!! #SB51 — NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017 Atlanta had a 19-point lead at one point. In the NFL post-season, teams with that big a lead had a 93-0 record. Stick with Fox […]

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    Hinckley native and NASCAR driver returns to track after brain tumor

    HINCKLEY, Ohio– When it comes to life in the fast lane, nobody knows it better than 20-year-old Matt Tifft. “I’ve been used to it for a while, but it is definitely pretty cool,” Tifft said. The Hinckley native is racing in the NASCAR XFinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. “It’s always been a dream of Matthew’s since he was a small child at the age of 2,” said Matt’s mom, Vicki. Last summer, while racing in Iowa, Matt was sidelined […]

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    National Signing Day: Cleveland Heights’ Jaylen Harris commits to Ohio State

    CLEVELAND– National Signing Day started with a bang as 26 players from the Senate Athletic League signed their letters of intent Wednesday morning. Eighteen students from Glenville, three from Collinwood, three from John Hay and two from Lutheran West signed on the dotted line. St. Edward High School had 27 athletes sign letters, including 12 football players, five wrestlers and four baseball players. One of the other highlights of the day was Jaylen Harris signing with Ohio State University. The […]

  • OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California.   (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    CLE Sports Awards: LeBron named Pro Athlete of Year; Cavs winning championship gets Best Moment

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was named Professional Athlete of the Year at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards Thursday night. He was up against Francisco Lindor, MLB, shortstop, Cleveland Indians; Stipe Miocic, UFC, mixed martial artist, UFC Heavyweight Champion; and Joe Thomas, NFL, offensive lineman, Cleveland Browns. The Best Moment in Cleveland sports last year? You guessed it! It was the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the NBA Championship. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission handed out 7 awards at […]

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    Cleveland firefighters get 100 additional bulletproof vests

    CLEVELAND– The next time you see a Cleveland firefighter on the streets, you will notice that they will be wearing a new piece of equipment thanks to the city and residents. Back in 2015, shots were fired at two Cleveland fire stations. The Association of Cleveland Firefighters President Frank Szabo started calling for safety vests. On Friday, the city added 100 bulletproof vests to the 100 they already had from the Republican National Convention. That’s enough ballistic vests now for every […]

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    New Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator talks toughness, strategy

    BEREA, Ohio– If you’re a Browns fan, you have to love what new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said in his 50-minute introductory news conference on Thursday afternoon in Berea. Now, the question becomes can he translate his words into actions on the football field? Williams has proven in the past that he can turn around defenses. “I’m fortunate to be the only defensive coordinator in the history of the National Football League to go to five or more places, with […]

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    Local dance team heading to Special Olympics

    WILLOUGHBY, Ohio —It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for one local dance team. They’re headed overseas in March to represent northeast Ohio on a worldwide stage. On Wednesday afternoon, it was practice day in Willoughby for the DanceDoesIt.org team. “They are the greatest. I love them. They are fun to hang out with,” said dancer Lani Engel. They are rehearsing their dance, Better When I’m Dancing. “I like dance and Cha Cha,” said dancer Eric Gantman. The dance they are practicing […]

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    Residents call for change after teens injured in Sharon Township crash

    Sharon Township—Changes could be coming to a Sharon Township intersection after four teens were hurt in a crash earlier this week. Sharon Township is one of seventeen townships in Medina County and it is home to one wild intersection. “This site is just a danger site,” said Dale Turner who lives near the intersection. On Wednesday, four juveniles were injured when the truck they were traveling in was hit by another truck at the Boneta and Fixler Road intersection. The […]

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    Girl is gold medal swimmer thanks to gift of life from perfect stranger

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Life can change in an instant. The Seitz family from Hudson can attest to that. Their life has changed forever thanks to a complete stranger. Their daughter Kendra became ill at the age of four. “We thought she had the flu and a couple of days later it was not getting better,” said Leo Seitz. The family took Kendra to the doctor to be treated. Later that day, she was flown to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital […]