Chris Graham

chris graham espnChris Graham, the editor of AugustaFreePress.com, an award-winning journalist and editor, is a 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia, and has covered Virginia politics since 1997.

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 commentator on ESPN3 college football and baseball broadcasts.

This fall, Chris will serve as the play-by-play voice on radio broadcasts for VMI football, marking his fourth season as a broadcaster for Keydets’ radio broadcasts.

He is a member of the Football Writers Assocation of America, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

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.

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.

 

The Latest

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“Street Knowledge” talks Guy, Salt, UVA Football, Nats, Seth Rollins

- Chris Graham, in today's "Street Knowledge," talks about the NBA Summer League, former UVA basketball stars Kyle Guy and Jack Salt, UVA football, the Washington Nationals and WWE champ Seth Rollins.
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Off the Top Rope: Seth Rollins heeling out in Twitter feud with Will Ospreay

- Seth Rollins is, on paper, a babyface WWE Universal champ. But Rollins is very much in touch with his inner heel.
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NBA Summer League 2019: Schedule for UVA draftees, free agents

- Rosters for the NBA Summer League haven’t been finalized yet, but the NBA released the schedule for games that are set to start on July 1.
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WWE trying new approach to address issue with commercials

- WWE honcho Vince McMahon is somehow just now becoming aware that other live sports broadcasts don’t go to commercial break while the action is ongoing.

Divac on Kyle Guy: ‘One of the best shooters in this draft’

- The Sacramento Kings have a plan, and that plan seems to include lights-out shooters like UVA guard Kyle Guy.
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UVA Football: ‘Hoos need to figure out depth chart at wideout, tight end

- Olamide Zaccheaus was a security blanket for first-year UVA starting quarterback Bryce Perkins in 2018, hauling in 93 catches for 1,058 yards and nine touchdowns.
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Washington Nationals squander late chances, lose in extras to Atlanta Braves

- The Washington Nationals couldn’t get the tying run home from second base in the bottom of the 10th, and dropped the series finale to the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves, 4-3, on Sunday.
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Chris Graham talks Another Shining Moment: Podcast

- Chris Graham breaks down the landing spots for UVA basketball stars De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy after the 2019 NBA Draft.
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Another Shining Moment: NBA Draft caps unforgettable Wahoo Spring

- Thursday night wasn’t the biggest night in UVA basketball history – that will always be that particular Monday night in April, involving nets being cut down, “One Shining Moment,” the rest.

Kyle Guy taken in second round: Third UVA player selected in 2019 NBA Draft

- Kyle Guy was taken with the 55th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, making the 6'2" guard the third member of the national champion UVA basketball team selected on Thursday.
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UVA guard Ty Jerome headed to Phoenix: Taken 24th in first round of 2019 NBA Draft

- UVA point guard Ty Jerome was taken 24th in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, by way of Boston and Philadelphia.
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Atlanta takes De’Andre Hunter with No. 4 pick in 2019 NBA Draft

- The Atlanta Hawks decided that UVA star De’Andre Hunter is their man, and made the first big play of the 2019 NBA Draft to get him.
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Our final 2019 NBA Draft Preview Podcast: We promise!

- Chris Graham and Jerry Carter offer their final thoughts ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft.
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Broken nose no problem for Nats ace Max Scherzer

- Remember that news item about Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer breaking his nose in batting practice and maybe missing a start? Yeah, scratch that.

ACC NBA Draft Notebook: Sort of final thoughts heading into Draft Day

- Zion Williamson is not the best player in the 2019 NBA Draft pool. How’s that for a hot take?
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Can background checks weed out potential child-sex predators?

- The arrest of a well-known community volunteer and school employee on child-sex charges exposes a key flaw in the safety net that we think we have in place to prevent such things from happening.
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Chris Graham talks UVA in the NBA Draft, then Rod Mullins talks NHRA, NASCAR

- Chris Graham looks at the possible landing spots for UVA's Big Three in Thursday's NBA Draft, then brings in Rod Mullins to talk NHRA's Thunder Valley Nationals and NASCAR.
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Inside the Numbers: Where Ty Jerome fits best in the NBA

- The knock on Ty Jerome: he’s not athletic enough. We’ve heard that about a UVA guy before. (Ahem, Malcolm Brogdon.) The selling point on Ty Jerome: he’s a playmaker. Oh, and he’s a winner. That’s what a national championship can do for your resume.
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The scars of child sex abuse

- I’ve known Kris Losh for a long, long time. Feels like forever. The news headlines last week, that have Losh accused of sexual battery involving two children, were a gut punch, for multiple reasons.

Kyle Guy Mock Draft Update: Back on the big board!

- UVA Basketball prospect Kyle Guy is inching his way back onto NBA mock draft big boards.
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Inside the Numbers: Does De’Andre Hunter end up in New Orleans?

- The Los Angeles Lakers, at #4, had seemed to be an ideal landing spot for UVA prospect De’Andre Hunter, but then the Trade That Changed the NBA happened.
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U.S. Supreme Court upholds impartial Virginia House districts

- The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of the Republican-led Virginia House of Delegates challenging a new state electoral map.

Chris Graham, Jerry Carter break down NBA Finals Game 6: Podcast

- Chris Graham and Jerry Carter watch way too much NBA, but there are worse things. The guys get together to break down Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Chris, not surprisingly, works UVA Basketball, and even, somehow, UVA Baseball into the discussion.
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Chris Graham, Jerry Ratcliffe talk Team of Destiny, UVA hoops on WSVA

- Team of Destiny authors Chris Graham and Jerry Ratcliffe talk with WSVA host Mike Schikman about the book, UVA Basketball's 2019 national championship, and prospects for the coming season.
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Chris Graham talks Tony Bennett, Rod Mullins talks NASCAR, NHRA

- Chris Graham discusses the mid-June presser with UVA Basketball coach Tony Bennett, then talks NASCAR and NHRA with Rod Mullins.
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Tony Bennett on Mamadi, Woldetensae, two months as a champion

- UVA Basketball coach Tony Bennett talked with the media Wednesday, and no, it wasn’t what the message boards feared, about him leaving for some supposedly greener pasture or anything.
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Jim Cornette needs to admit it: He was wrong on Sonny Kiss

- Jim Cornette will never, in the vein of his podcast nemesis, Donald Trump, apologize for anything, even when he is wrong. But Cornette, in his May 30 comments about AEW undercard wrestler Sonny Kiss, and his June 6 defense of those comments, is wrong.
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Emmett Hanger wins Republican nomination in heated 24th Senate District race

- State Sen. Emmett Hanger assumed he was facing the fight of his political life, but the six-term Republican incumbent ended up winning his party’s nomination in convincing fashion in Tuesday’s 24th Senate District primary.
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Former Staunton mayor John Avoli wins Republican nomination in 20th House District

- John Avoli, the former Staunton mayor and long-time city leader, won the Republican Party nomination in the 20th House District in a two-candidate race with Dave Bourne.
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Updates on UVA and the NBA, Bryce Perkins, Nats UVA Weekend: Podcast

- Chris Graham talks Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De'Andre Hunter and the NBA Draft, UVA quarterback Bryce Perkins, and his upcoming Nats UVA Weekend.