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.

Recent Articles
  • Browns two-game winning streak ends after falling to Texans 29-13

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s been a rough day for Cleveland on their trip to Houston. The Browns lost their two-game winning streak after the Texans defeated them 29-13. And, it was also arguably Baker Mayfield’s worst game as the Browns’ quarterback. Cleveland’s rough day began at the start of the game.  The Browns held Houston to a field goal on their opening drive. Cleveland couldn’t muster up anything after that. The Texans scored a field goal and a touchdown during the […]

  • Orrville wins second state championship after defeating Johnstown-Monroe 49-34

    CANTON, Ohio — Northeast Ohio is already home to the Division I, II, III and VI state champions and on Saturday they claimed the Division V state title as well as Orrville took down Johnstown-Monroe 49-34. Orrville trailed briefly 7-0 but then rattled off 21 straight points and they got a big game from Marquael Parks who rushed 22 times for 198 yards, 3 touchdowns and Logan Domer who carried the ball 10 times for 207 yards and 4 touchdowns. Orrville […]

  • St. Ed’s scores 4th football state championship

    CANTON, Ohio — Another Northeast Ohio high school football championship winner Friday night! The St. Edward Eagles were underdogs to undefeated Colerain but that didn’t slow down St. Ed’s. They played for the Division 1 state title Friday night in Canton and won. The Eagles used a big third quarter to tie the game at 10 and later took the lead for good when Garrett Dzuro hit Quintel Kent on the long touchdown pass. St. Ed’s finished the season with their […]

  • Kirtland Hornets win football state championship for the 4th time

    CANTON, Ohio — The Kirtland Hornets left Canton with two things on Friday: revenge and  another state championship after knocking off Marion Local at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. It was a low-scoring game for two teams who can score the football. Kirtland took a 7-0 lead on the Jake Neibecker touchdown run. Marion marched right down the field to tie the game but the Hornets had a 13-7 lead at the half after a Luke Gardner touchdown. Congrats to […]

  • Akron Hoban wins its fourth straight State Championship beating Massillon 42-28

    CANTON, Ohio — The senior football players at Akron Hoban High School will graduate next spring with a diploma and four state championship rings, the latest coming on Thursday night after beating previously unbeaten Massillon 42-28 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton in the OHSAA Division II State Championship game. Akron Hoban was quick to get the party started, Tyris Dickerson scored the game’s first points on a 13-yard touchdown run to give the Knights an early […]

  • Cleveland Indians trade INF Erik Gonzalez to Pittsburgh Pirates

    CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians made their first offseason trade Wednesday. The Tribe said goodbye to infielder 27-year-old Erik Gonzalez as they traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff. Luplow was the organization’s 2017 minor league player of the year. Moroff is 25 and appeared in 26 games for the pirates in 2018. Indians’ Team President Chris Antonetti commented on the move saying, “Jordan is a right-handed hitting outfielder with almost […]

  • Cleveland Browns win 28-16

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns snapped a four-game losing streak on Sunday as they hosted the Atlanta Falcons at FirstEnergy Stadium. Atlanta entered the game on a three-game win streak. QB Baker Mayfield was up for the challenge. And so was Nick Chubb. Final score was Browns, 28, and Falcons, 16. 92.Yards.To.The.House.#ATLvsCLE pic.twitter.com/O4hCSxzwiV — Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 11, 2018 Longest TD run in #Browns history. 92-yard run Nick Chubb. — P.J. ZIEGLER (@PJFOX8) November 11, 2018 At the […]

  • Cleveland Cavaliers, Larry Drew agree on new head coaching deal

    CLEVELAND –The Cleveland Cavaliers and ‘acting head coach’ Larry Drew have agreed to terms on a new deal, the team announced Monday afternoon. “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Coach Drew to continue leading the team on the court. He brings important experience and many qualities that we expect to translate well with our team as the head coach,” said Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman. “We’re looking forward to the ways he can impact the team and […]

  • High school football regional semifinal playoff pairings

    COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the pairings for the regional semifinals of the football playoffs Sunday. Round 2 of the high school football playoffs are coming up on Friday and Saturday night and the games shift to neutral sites as we close in on championship weekend. In Division 1, Mentor will face Canton McKinley in Brunswick at 7 p.m. on Friday night while St. Ed’s will take on Euclid at Byers Field in Parma. Here’s the […]

  • Cleveland Browns fall to Kansas City Chiefs 37-21

    CLEVELAND—The struggling Cleveland Browns took on the hottest team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs, with their new coach and lost at home Sunday. The Browns had a roller coaster week which began on Monday with the firing of head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. The two were let go because of internal discord. The Browns named defensive coordinator Gregg Williams the interim head coach and Freddie Kitchens was promoted from running backs coach to offensive […]

  • Cleveland Browns fire Coach Hue Jackson; defensive coordinator Gregg Williams named interim coach

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have fired Head Coach Hue Jackson, sources first told Fox 8’s Peggy Gallek. The team made it official Monday afternoon. The interim head coach is Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the Browns tweeted. The Browns are not focused on finding Jackson’s replacement; instead, they are focused on the final eight games of the season.  Williams could be considered for head coach if he’s interested after the season, Jimmy Haslam said during a news conference. […]

  • High school football playoff pairings

    OHIO — Are you ready for some playoffs? The Friday Night Touchdown postseason begins next week and Round 1 will feature the holy war sequel. That’s right, St. Ed’s and St. Ignatius will meet again next Friday to kick off the postseason. The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the pairings for the first round of the football playoffs Sunday. 224 high school teams across the entire state, in all 7 divisions, have qualified for the playoffs. The high seeds […]