About John Dwyer

Call it John Dwyer 2.0
After 29 years as a TV Broadcaster, Dwyer is President & CEO of Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG). JTG, an affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), is a non-profit organization dedicated to stewarding at-risk high school students toward graduation with follow through toward post-secondary education and/or job opportunities. Associated with JAG since 1981, JTG consistently obtains a graduation rate above 90-percent with a full-time job rate at nearly 70-percent. The most vulnerable, socioeconomically challenged young men and women, graduate with self-esteem with the realization and skill set to achieve success after high school. Does it get much better than that?

Dwyer, is a resident of the Nashville area since 1996. He was sports director and/or a news anchor at TV stations in Nashville, Jacksonville, Florida; Ft. Myers, FL and his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. He is a 10-time Mid-South Region Emmy Award winner, along with winning numerous other awards. He is also a former Heisman Trophy voter.

John is a 1985 graduate of Butler University, where he majored in Radio/TV while minoring in journalism.

An avid running (or “plodder” as he likes to call himself), Dwyer runs in Nashville’s annual marathon. (Current tally: 7 Full, 10 Half). He accomplished a goal, once thought out of reach, be qualifying and running in the Boston Marathon in 2009.

Married to Lynley, Dwyer resides in East Nashville with his wife and dog Lola.

Dwyer served on the Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee board from 2006-2012, and was board chairman for three years.

Q and A With JTG Graduate Ashleigh Knoll

About Graduate Ashleigh Knoll: Ashleigh is a 2015 JTG graduate of Centennial High School in Williamson County. She is currently a senior Marketing student at Austin Peay State University. Graduating a year early in May 2018, she will have completed multiple internships at HCA, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Hospital, Lawn Doctor and more. She was JTG's Keynote [...]

By | 2017-11-22T06:16:56+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Stories of Hope: Emma Warzynski

Stories of Hope: Meet Emma Warzynski, a 2017 graduate from Stratford STEM Magnet High School. Originally from Canada, Emma faced a great deal of struggles assimilating into the American classroom, and she graduated as Salutatorian of her class. She  began Austin Peay University this fall to pursue a career in occupational therapy. “I have overcome [...]

By | 2017-10-16T17:29:45+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Stories of Hope, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Did You Do This Summer?

Tez Rogers began his summer by winning a new car! Actually, the recent Mt. Pleasant High School graduate earned it through Maury County’s Strive to Drive contest.  “I couldn’t even think when they called my name,” Rogers told The Columbia Daily Herald.  Strive to Drive is an ongoing academic initiative for Maury County, which encourages [...]

By | 2017-08-24T17:35:00+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Academics, Stories of Hope, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stories of Hope: Amiir Johnson

Meet Amiir Johnson, a 17-year old senior at Stratford STEM Magnet High School. A long-time resident of Nashville, Amiir grew up surrounded by poverty and didn’t really find his own direction until he started the Jobs for Tennessee Graduates program. He says, “For me, JTG has built my confidence toward going out and getting a [...]

By | 2017-06-14T20:55:12+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Stories of Hope: Lionel Colas

Meet Lionel Colas, an 18-year old senior at Stratford STEM Magnet High School. Originally from Miami, he has lived in Nashville a little over a year. Lionel has already secured a part-time position at Comcast in their IT department at $20 an hour through Jobs for Tennessee Graduates his senior year, and he has a [...]

By | 2017-06-05T18:38:35+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Academics, College, Fundraising|0 Comments

JTG Day, People Watching, Final Four and Preds

Representative Brenda Gilmore meets with students and JTG specialists from Maplewood and Stratford. All the state lawmakers were gracious and sincerely interested in JTG and the students. Random thoughts on a Friday morning in a Brentwood coffee shop before a donor coffee... (I did this on the Dwyerwire blog back in the day [...]

By | 2017-03-31T16:12:42+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Professional Relationships, Random Thoughts|0 Comments

Visits to News-2, Hickman Co., The Hill and Health Insurance Nightmare

Elon is an early riser. Pardon the work attire. Random thoughts on a Friday morning while Lynley and I dog sit for Elon, who insists on sitting in my lap as I compose this... (I did this on the Dwyerwire blog back in the day and thought it was a good way to [...]

By | 2017-03-24T14:32:56+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Random Thoughts|0 Comments

Barriers Know No Boundaries

Friday Pizza gathering at my sister's house was a good night for ma. Watching your parents grow old is such a blessing and privilege.  We laugh and tease each other.  They boast about knowing more about what I was up to as a teenager than they let on, and I counter with stories [...]

By | 2017-03-14T21:40:54+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Life Lessons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Jerry’s In: JTG is Lucky to have Him

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen led the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA World Championships in the 1990's. Jordan had Pippen.  Simon had Garfunkel.  Michael Jackson had his brothers (Okay, maybe not the best example).  Every successful person has someone beside them.  Dwyer has Jones.  To be clear, I'm not suggesting for one moment [...]

By | 2017-03-08T14:43:10+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Professional Relationships|0 Comments