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.

Technically Speaking, These Places Rock

Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG) students come from all walks of life and some of those walks are longer than others.  A survey filled out by nearly 500 JTG students in the fall (it was optional and one could assume if home life was dire, one might not fill it out) of 2016 revealed: 53% [...]

By | 2017-03-07T14:04:55+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Academics, College, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Building Bridges to Success

You're looking at nearly a million dollars in college scholarships and the teacher who helped make it happen. It's said a picture says a thousand words. Well, this one says nearly a $1 million dollars in college education.  Meet Maplewood High School seniors Abbey Khounmy, Vakia Robinson, Doresha Robinson and Martin Torres (Maria [...]

By | 2017-03-06T13:35:34+00:00 March 6th, 2017|College, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cheese come with that Whine?

Pretty much sums up my day, minus the tie. Today is not one of my better days, as we all have them, right?  Computer woes and unexpected tasks put before me.  Not a good combination.  Please give me a pass on today's blog entry.  I'm getting on a plane (isn't really "in a [...]

By | 2017-03-02T20:35:14+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Life Lessons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Seat at the (White House) Table

  February 14 Parent Teacher Conference Listening Session with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.  JAG President Ken Smith is far right, two seats from the President. I wanted to share with you what Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) affiliates received in a newsletter from JAG [...]

By | 2017-03-01T15:45:07+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gone Before Morning Light

Up at the crack of dawn for JTG visits to Anderson County Career and Technical Center in Clinton, then up to Oneida High School in Scott County.  Fun roads once I'm off I-40.  I'm an early morning driver, putting chunks of miles behind me before most have had their first cup of coffee.  Are you [...]

By | 2017-02-28T11:16:46+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Academics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

At a (CMT) Crossroads

Bridgestone Arena Auxiliary HallFriday, February 24, 2017 I hope you all had a good weekend.  Lynley and I began ours Friday night with a chance to attend the CMT Crossroads taping of Darius Rucker and John Mellencamp.  A friend of ours at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce passed along an email that [...]

By | 2017-02-27T17:39:05+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Life Lessons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Daytona, Grad Rates, Parking Ripoff and other Random Thoughts

If you're not going to win the Daytona 500, the next best thing might be a crash that lands you on the front page of the morning paper.  54-years today, the # 81 Romy Hammes-Brannan Ford Galaxy 500 placed 37th in a 50-car field.  Driver Dick Goode, from Mishawaka, lost control on the 69th lap.  [...]

By | 2017-02-24T15:01:00+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Random Thoughts|0 Comments

A Lesson in True Friendship

There are days that JTG has me up early on the road visiting JTG programs around the state and this morning is one of those times.  I'm heading to Pulaski to visit Giles County High School.  When days like this crop up I feel comfortable revisiting blog entries in my Dwyerwire blog from my News-2 [...]

By | 2017-02-22T22:23:49+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Life Lessons|0 Comments