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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 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 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.

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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It’s not guns, it’s mental health: Sure

- The fallback position for the NRA and its paid-for shills in Congress and the White House whenever there is a mass shooting is, it’s not guns, it’s mental health.
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Game Notes: Does #1 Virginia have anything to worry about Saturday at Pitt?

- Short answer: no, #1 Virginia has nothing to worry about at Pitt, which is winless in ACC play through 16 games.
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Some UVA basketball, some Gronk: Save this one for the awards season

- Chris Graham and Jeff Fife talk UVA basketball to a fan base that is clearly greedy, upset over a double-digit win over an ACC foe because it wasn't impressive enough. So then they turn their attention to the apparent mutual interesst between WWE and The Gronk. Why not, right?
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Inside the Numbers: #1 Virginia needs to clean up post defense

- The #1-ranked Virginia football team was undone in 1990 by a Georgia Tech squad that devised an offensive game plan based on what William & Mary had success with in an early-season UVA blowout win.
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Did Georgia Tech leave a blueprint for attacking the Virginia Pack Line?

- Chris Graham and Scott German break down #1 Virginia's 65-54 win over Georgia Tech, and the Yellow Jackets' success in attacking the UVA Pack Line D.
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Our eight days of UVA basketball wandering are almost over

- Chris Graham and Scott German continue dealing with their way, way too long UVA hoops blackout, talking ACC basketball, and previewing the 2018 Virginia baseball home opener.
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The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: New book by Chris Graham offers look behind the scenes of pro wrestling business

- 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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ACC Power Poll: Feb. 19

- Remember when North Carolina was thisclose to being dead and buried? This week’s ACC Power Poll has the Tar Heels as the consensus #2.
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Elimination Chamber: Who main-events WrestleMania 34 with Brock Lesnar?

- It seems pretty obvious that WWE is stretching out the walkup to the main event at WrestleMania 34 being Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns by forcing Reigns to win the right to challenge the Universal champ at Elimination Chamber.
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What do UVA basketball fans do with no UVA basketball?

- UVA basketball has the weekend off, no games until next Wednesday, and a #1 national ranking. Which means UVA basketball fans are going stir-crazy and in need of a fix. Chris Graham and Jeff Fife do their best to try to fill the void, talking ACC hoops, what the 'Hoos need to do to get ready for March Madness, then talking some pro wrestling to wrap things up.
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Craft beer, Facebook, personal destruction: A morality tale

- The politics of personal destruction now define all manner of social interactions in the era of the right to be righteously outraged. And woe upon you if you happen to stray into the line of the rhetorical flamethrowers.
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Chris Graham joins the Mark Moses Show to talk UVA, ACC hoops

- The Mark Moses Show is joined by Chris Graham of The Augusta Free Press to get his thoughts on the latest ACC Basketball news for a Tuesday and if Chris has watch any of the 2018 Olympics or not. 
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Inside the Numbers: #1 Virginia attacks the paint in win at Miami

- After a game that saw #1 Virginia hoist 38 threes in a loss to Virginia Tech, you knew that coach Tony Bennett would have his guys thinking, you know, threes, maybe something else?
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‘Hoos #1: Virginia defends top ranking with nice road win at Miami

- Top-ranked Virginia notched an impressive road win at Miami on Tuesday. Chris Graham and Scott German break down the win and what you're supposed to do with eight days off until the next game.
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We’re #1: Chris Graham, Scott German discuss UVA ranking, upcoming game with Miami

- Chris Graham and Scott German discuss the #1 Virginia basketball team, what it means for fans and the program, and preview the Cavaliers' upcoming game at Miami.
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There is joy in the morning: Virginia basketball is #1

- The last time Virginia basketball was ranked #1 in the nation, in 1982, I was 10 years old, and being 10 years old, and only cognizant of the outside world for, what, maybe two years, I just assumed that this was how the world worked, that Virginia basketball was always going to be #1.
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Game Preview: #1 Virginia travels to Miami for ACC Tuesday Hoops

- Top-ranked Virginia (23-2, 12-1 ACC) hasn’t had to pick itself up off the canvas in a while, so it will be interesting to see how the Cavaliers respond on Tuesday on the road at Miami (18-6, 7-5 ACC).
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ACC Power Poll: Feb. 12

- Virginia Tech’s upset win at Virginia caused some movement in the middle of the ACC as we edge closer to Brooklyn. The Hokies (18-7, 7-5 ACC) have now won five of their last six, and are one of four teams at five losses in conference play.
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Virginia lost by one: There are worse things

- You’re worried that, what if Virginia Tech just put the blueprint for how to beat Virginia out there for the world to see? OK, I'll bite. You hold Virginia to 34.4 percent shooting, entice them into shooting a mind-numbing 38 threes, shoot 43 percent yourself, make 38 percent of your threes, outrebound them, outscore them in the paint, and then somehow induce a 93.4 percent free-throw shooter into missing the back end and front end of successive 1-and-1s, all so you can win by one, yeah.
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Inside the Numbers: Virginia riding its starters too hard?

- If winning is the ultimate deodorant, losing can be a helpful disinfectant. Second-ranked Virginia has a lot of cleaning to do after its 61-60 overtime loss to Virginia Tech, starting with how coach Tony Bennett divvies up the playing time.