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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  • OBJ’s future with the Browns: ‘I couldn’t tell you what’s going to happen’

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  • Experimental surgery helps local sports writer Bob Fortuna beat the odds

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  • Steelers coach accepts partial responsibility for fight during Browns game

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  • Former Cleveland Indians SS Omar Vizquel makes Hall of Fame ballot for 3rd time

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  • Cleveland Browns beat Detroit Lions 20 to 16 in final preseason game

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  • Cleveland vs. The World: Team World victorious in 2019 Celebrity Softball Game

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  • Indians’ Carlos Santana is finalist for All-Star Game starting spot

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  • Alomar, Thome and Lindor named MLB All-Star Game ambassadors

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  • One down! Cleveland Monsters take game 1 of playoffs

    The Cleveland Monsters went on the road Friday to beat the Syracuse Crunch in game 1 of the playoffs. It was 5-3 in the best-of-five series. The Monsters built a 2-0 lead when Ryan Mcinnis, on a breakaway, stunned Syracuse; then Syracuse tied it at 2-2. Kevin Stenlund made it 3-2, Dalpe extended it to 4-2 and an empty-netter sealed things 5-3 for the Monsters. The Monsters play again on Saturday.

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