Chris Graham

chris graham espnChris Graham, the editor of AugustaFreePress.com, will mark his 23rd year in the media industry in 2018. 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, Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam, and political newsmakers including 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 six 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 has been the host of two TV talks shows. He is in his third season as a color commentator for ESPN3  college baseball broadcasts and this fall will begin his third year as the radio play-by-play voice for VMI football.

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.

Chris wrote a book on that experience, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, that was published in 2018.

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

 

Books by Chris Graham

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

Chris Graham offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the pro wrestling business in his new book, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, the inside story of the 2011 Night of Legends, a live pay-per-view event featuring stars including WWE Hall of Famers Kevin Nash, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and The Rock ‘n Roll Express that was met with almost universally negative reviews.

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Mad About U: Four Decades of at University Hall, by Chris Graham and Patrick Hite, is a look at the players, coaches and memories of University Hall at the University of Virginia. From Barry Parkhill’s last-second shot to knock off No. 2 South Carolina to the struggles faced by coaches Barbara Kelly and Dan Bonner in the early years of UVa. women’s basketball to the excitement of the early 1980s in the House that Ralph Built to the move to JPJ – it’s all here.

 

 

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UVA football looks to Virginia Tech as key to new standard

- Olamide Zaccheaus and Chris Peace were first-graders. Bronco Mendenhall was in his first year as defensive coordinator at BYU. It’s been that long since UVA beat Virginia Tech in a football game.
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The backbone of the Waynesboro YMCA SMAC swimming program

- When Bill Nicholson was brought on as the director of competitive swimming for the Waynesboro YMCA SMAC program last summer, his first order of business was fleshing out his staff.
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Stretch run in NASCAR: Podcast

- Chris Graham and Rod Mullins talk NASCAR: recapping Martin Truex Jr.'s win in Kentucky, and looking ahead to the stretch run toward the Chase.
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Vince McMahon is focused on XFL: Is the Reigns of Terror on its way to being over?

- Vince McMahon wasn’t at the gorilla position at Sunday’s WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view, according to published reports.
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Memo to Putin: Pull back a bit on the reins, man

- Friendly advice to Vladimir Putin: dude, you are severely overplaying your hand with whatever you have on Donald Trump.
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Chris Graham, Jeff Fife talk UVA football, UVA basketball in 2018: Podcast

- Chris Graham welcomes Jeff Fife to the podcast, and the two discuss the upcoming 2018 UVA football season, and look ahead to the 2018-2019 UVA basketball season.
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Is Waynesboro going to do this history museum thing, or not?

- The ground work continues for a $10.4 million Virginia Museum of Natural History Waynesboro branch campus, with three possible locations still under consideration.
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Surprises at WWE Extreme Rules: The Road to SummerSlam just got interesting

- Remember when we all thought SummerSlam was going to be another serving of Brock Lesnar-Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal title?
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‘Who is America?’ Apparently, we’re a gullible lot

- The walkup to the debut of the new Showtime series “Who is America?” had conservative luminaries like Sarah Palin and Roy Moore (!) trying to get out ahead of their upcoming awkward moments getting punked by Sacha Baron Cohen.
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The Centrist Democrat: Can’t get past the love for those Trump voters

- West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, in name, anyway, to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, on the upcoming Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation vote: “kiss my you-know-what.”
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Backyard chickens, Save the Name: Podcast

- Chris Graham tackles two pressing local issues in this podcast: backyard chickens in Waynesboro, and the Robert E. Lee High School Save the Name movement in Staunton.
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Chris Graham talks Washington Nationals: Podcast

- Chris Graham takes a deep dive inside the currently flailing Washington Nationals, and tells you why he concludes that the Nats are still the team to beat in the NL East.
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NL East race: Are the Washington Nationals still the team to beat?

- Washington Nationals fans have been waiting for weeks for the preseason NL East favorite to come around.
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Older, and wiser

- After losing my first and only run for public office, for a seat on Waynesboro City Council in 2008, I was told by a conservative businessman who had opposed my run that I’d eventually come around to his way of thinking.
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Chris Graham joins Mark Moses Show to talk Brock Lesnar, college football

- Chris Graham appears on the Mark Moses Show to talk about WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar's most recent dalliance with UFC, and then joins Mark in taking a quick look at the upcoming 2018 college football season.
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ACC Football Preview: Can UVA football get any preseason love?

- The beat writers will join the TV and radio folks next week in Charlotte for the 2018 ACC Football Kickoff, at which we will get our first formal rendering of what to expect for the upcoming college football season.

Why Brock Lesnar is attractive to UFC

- UFC is gearing up for another Brock Lesnar return, this time to challenge new heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier, probably early next year.
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If you want to ‘Save the Name,’ just own it already

- I saw the first “Save the Name” sign in a front yard in Waynesboro a few weeks ago, and wondered to myself why someone here would care what Staunton called its high school.
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Chickens in Waynesboro: The sky is not falling

- Waynesboro seems to be adopting the solution in search of a problem approach to the presence of backyard chickens in the city.
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NASCAR, NHRA news and notes: Podcast

- Chris Graham and Rod Mullins talk NASCAR and NHRA this week, and get you ready for this weekend's race under the lights at Kentucky Speedway.
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2018 World Cup Final Four Preview: Podcast

- Chris Graham and Seth Megginson break down the semifinal matchups in the 2018 World Cup.
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Time to manufacture some more outrage

- How would you like being faced with having to decide between Steve Bannon and the woman calling him a “piece of trash”?

AXS TV G1 Special marred by Ross, Barnett

- The New Japan Pro Wrestling version of Kenny Omega-Cody at Saturday’s G1 Special was light-years ahead of what Ring of Honor offered back in April.
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Get to know the Trump Cabinet

- President Trump is so upset with Jeff Sessions that he won’t call him by name, referring to him in meetings as “one of my attorneys.”
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Kenny Omega, Bill Goldberg, more from the world of pro wrestling: Podcast

- Chris Graham talks pro wrestling: previewing this weekend's New Japan G1 Special featuring Kenny Omega, and discussing Bill Goldberg's two dream matches.
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I, for one, don’t root for blowouts

- It’s obvious among those in the sports journalism profession, according to ESPN’s Jemele Hill, that our focus isn’t on who wins or loses, but rather “what gets us home faster, and what creates less work.”
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Chris Graham, Rod Mullins talk Chicagoland, Dale Jr.: Podcast

- Chris Graham and Rod Mullins talk NASCAR, reviewing the exciting finish at Chicagoland, assessing Dale Jr.'s first national TV broadcast, and looking ahead to the Coke Zero 400.
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The annual rant about student fees paying for college athletics

- I guess I need to write the annual column raising issue with student athletics activity fees being used to balance budgets at UVA and Virginia Tech.