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Chris Graham

chris graham espnChris Graham, the editor of AugustaFreePress.com, will mark his 22nd year in the media industry in 2017. An award-winning journalist and editor, Chris has also hosted local TV news programs, a syndicated sports talk show and worked as a commentator on ESPN3 college football and baseball broadcasts.

A 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia, Chris has covered Virginia politics actively since 1997, conducting interviews with governors George Allen, Jim Gilmore, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Bob McDonnell and Terry McAuliffe, and political newsmakers including former Congressman Tom Perriello, UVA political-science professor Larry Sabato, ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and Fox Business host Lou Dobbs.

Other notable interview subjects have included author John Grisham, ESPN TV personality Dick Vitale, sportswriter and author John Feinstein, Weather Channel anchor Stephanie Abrams and musician Bruce Hornsby.

An author of five books, Chris also co-wrote a book on the history of University of Virginia basketball, Mad About U: Four Decades of Basketball at University Hall, which was published in 2006.

Chris has covered University of Virginia sports since 1995, and is a credentialed member of the press box and press row at UVA football, basketball and baseball games, covering the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, the NCAA Tournament and Virginia’s run to the Sweet Sixteen at Madison Square Garden in 2014, and also covering the UVA baseball team in the ACC Baseball Championship, Regionals and Super Regionals.

From 2009-2014, Chris was the play-by-play voice of the Waynesboro Generals, a team competing in the Valley Baseball League, a premier college summer baseball league affiliated with Major League Baseball and the NCAA.

Chris is currently in his second season as a color commentator for ESPN3 broadcasts of VMI college baseball games, and has served as the radio play-by-play voice for VMI football for the past two seasons, in 2015 and 2016.

The former co-host of “ACC Nation,” a syndicated radio show that ran for four years, ending in 2007, Chris is currently a contributor to “The Mark Moses Show” on 95.9-The Fan in Melbourne, Fla.

Chris also served as a member of the creative team and on-air TV commentator for Awesome Wrestling Entertainment on AWE’s Night of the Legends live pay-per-view event in 2011.

He is also the former co-host of “Viewpoints” on WVPT, a weekly news affairs TV show that aired from 2016-2017.

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Chris Graham: Columns, Podcasts
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Street Knowledge: How long can this new golden era of UVA basketball last?

- Chris Graham and Scott German take a long view on UVA basketball on this special Street Knowledge, comparing the Ralph Sampson and Tony Bennett eras, the two golden eras, and wondering how long this new one can last.
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Inside the Numbers: Defense, better rebounding, key #2 Virginia in win

- This is a broken record, so, sorry, but, yes, defense keyed #2 Virginia in its win at Georgia Tech Thursday night.
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Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: Breaking down UVA’s win at Georgia Tech

- Chris Graham and Scott German offer analysis and commentary on #2 UVA's 64-48 win at Georgia Tech Thursday night in Atlanta.
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Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: UVA hoops, football, Mad About U

- Chris Graham welcomes Jeff Fife to the podcast today, to talk some UVA basketball, break down the 2018 Virginia football schedule, and talk a little personal history, including the launch of ACC Nation, and the work on the book on the history of University Hall.
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Republican Party playing dumb politics with Trump #FakeNewsAwards

- Donald Trump efforting to divert attention away from the Russia collusion investigation and his utter lack of any manner of policy success is not at all a surprise.
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Game Preview: #2 Virginia faces test at surprising Georgia Tech

- That Georgia Tech team that lost at home to Grambling State and on the road at Wofford, and beat Bethune-Cookman at home by one? #2 Virginia doesn’t get that bunch.
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Analysis: What does Virginia football 2018 schedule portend?

- Virginia football took advantage of a favorable schedule to go bowling in 2017 for the first time in six years. An early look at the 2018 schedule suggests that a return trip to the football postseason is possible.
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Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: Talking NASCAR with Rod Mullins

- Chris Graham welcomes Rod Mullins to the podcast to talk the NASCAR beat. Topics include the latest on Danica Patrick getting a ride for Daytona, renovations at Martinsville impacting seats, proposed budget caps for NASCAR teams, and talk about Dale Earnhardt Jr. being part of a group interested in buying the NFL's Carolina Panthers.
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Royal Rumble Preview: Is Roman Reigns winning a foregone conclusion?

- The best time of the WWE year is the period beginning with Royal Rumble, which is the unofficial opening day of the WWE calendar year heading into Wrestlemania.
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Podcast: Chris Graham talks football, hoops, wrestling on Mark Moses Show

- Chris Graham joins the Mark Moses Show in Melbourne, Fla., to talk college football, the NFL playoffs, ACC basketball and the upcoming WWE Royal Rumble, with some Dilly! Dilly! thrown in for good measure.
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Return of the Curb Stomp: WWE looking to give Seth Rollins another big push?

- Seth Rollins finished off Finn Balor in the main event of Monday Night Raw not with Triple H’s finisher, the Pedigree, but with a good, old-fashioned Curb Stomp, not seen since his 2015 Wrestlemania WWE title win.
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How far can Duke go? Depends on its D

- This is the fifth team of the new one-and-done era for Mike Krzyzewski, dating back to the 2013-2014 team led by Jabari Parker. The one-and-dones have won one national title, in 2015, lost one NCAA Tournament opener, one second-round game and one Sweet Sixteen.
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Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: Jeff Fife joins to talk UVA hoops, WWE

- Chris Graham and Jeff Fife talk UVA basketball rising to #2 in the AP poll, the next few games for the 'Hoos, then switch gears to talk Goldberg in the WWE Hall of Fame, wrestling's Mount Rushmore, and the future of Paige.
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The Minnesota Miracle, Kicksix, and a late night in Brooklyn

- Scott German and I were wrapping up a Facebook Live recap of Virginia’s 68-51 win over NC State Sunday night when we heard a commotion from a luxury box nearby.
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Analysis: How talented is this year’s Virginia basketball team compared to recent groups?

- A TV commentator talking in the media room before Sunday’s Virginia-NC State game offered the thought that Tony Bennett is doing his best job as a UVA coach this season because he doesn’t have the talent he had in past years to work with.
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Inside the Numbers: Virginia neutralizes NC State’s post game

- NC State had a 40-22 advantage in points in the paint, rebounded 40 percent of its misses, and had a 14-5 edge on Virginia in second-chance points. And yet I still assert that the ‘Hoos neutralized the Pack’s post game in the 68-51 win Sunday night.
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Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: Breaking down #3 Virginia win over NC State

- Chris Graham and Scott German offer analysis and commentary on #3 Virginia's 68-51 win over NC State.
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Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: UVA-NC State ACC hoops preview

- Chris Graham breaks down Sunday's ACC hoops matchup between #3 Virginia (15-1, 4-0 ACC) and NC State (12-5, 2-2 ACC).
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New NC State coach Kevin Keatts no stranger to matchups with Virginia

- It hasn’t been that long since Virginia coach Tony Bennett and NC State coach Kevin Keatts matched X’s and O’s. It was the NCAA Tournament last March, and Keatts was at UNC Wilmington, where Keatts used a four-guard lineup to give the ‘Hoos fits.
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Game Preview: #3 Virginia hosts NC State on ACC Sunday Night Hoops

- Third-ranked Virginia might be the hottest team in the ACC right now, except for NC State, which is coming two pretty high-profile wins over ranked teams.
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Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: UVA basketball, college football playoff, WWE/New Japan

- Chris Graham flies solo on today's Street Knowledge: talking UVA basketball's win over Syracuse, the emergence of De'Andre Hunter, Alabama's win over Georgia in the College Football Playoff championship, and Chris Jericho's extended stay in New Japan.
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Emergence of De’Andre Hunter gives Virginia another dimension

- The soft spot in the Syracuse 2-3 zone is the foul line. Virginia guard De’Andre Hunter was Tony Bennett’s secret weapon in attacking that soft spot in Tuesday’s 68-61 win.
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Inside the Numbers: Room for improvement for #3 Virginia

- Nitpicking Virginia’s 68-61 win over Syracuse on Tuesday, the first nit to pick is defensive rebounding, which for the second straight game was atrocious.
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Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: Breaking down UVA’s win over Syracuse

- Chris Graham and Scott German offer analysis and insight into #3 Virginia's 68-61 win over Syracuse on Tuesday.
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Medicaid expansion is not going to happen anytime soon

- Virginia Democrats, on Election Night, and the first few days after, were in celebration mood, after their historic gains in the November House elections.