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Jon Nelson has been a television journalist for twenty-five years based in Atlanta. He was graduated from Lakeside High School in Atlanta and Florida State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Political Science. His television career has given him the opportunity to cover as varied events as Super Bowls, World Series, All-Star Games, Summer Olympiads, the Masters, the US Open, Grey Cups, and even political conventions. He has also covered high school athletics for Georgia Public Broadcasting for twenty-one years as a host and correspondent for its high school coverage- including the “Football Fridays in Georgia” game of the week and the GHSA football and basketball championships.

He is also the author of five books about high school and college football in the southeast: “Backroads and Backfields” “100 Things Georgia Football Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” “Peach State Pigskin: A History of High School Football in Georgia” “A History of College Football in Georgia” and “Above Ground: The Gene Jelks Story”. He has other books and manuscripts in planning stages for 2016. He lives in suburban Atlanta with his far-more-pretty wife, Patty, and his two furry children- a Pekingese named Trooper and a cat that acts more like a dog, Trouble.

Archive News Articles

Football Player With Cerebral Palsy Scores Touchdown

Two weeks ago toward the end of a game in west Georgia’s Heard County, a conversation during a time out led one coach to an idea. Temple High head coach Seth Rogers wanted to give sophomore running...

November 9, 2012 - 2:51am

High Schools Face Sports Changes

The GHSA executive committee met Monday to change the way Georgia high schools are grouped to play sports. Currently, there are five classifications, A through AAAAA. The number of students per...

November 22, 2011 - 10:46am

Recent Blog Posts

GPB Sports Blog

Jon's Georgia: Week Two

Well, that was interesting... Not that it should be a surprise to a lot of us… but Georgia high school teams took their pound of Florida-based flesh over the weekend. Let’s take stock. Ware...

September 1, 2014 - 5:36pm
GPB Sports Blog

Ready for Some High School Football? I am!

First, all I have to say is: FOOTBALL!!!!! I would have put many more exclamation points behind it, but I don’t know how you would have reacted for the sake of copy. It has been an interesting...

August 22, 2014 - 4:33pm
GPB Sports Blog

Southern Powerhouse Preview: Day 2 Recap

My videographer, Gary Peacock, and I did the math when we came home last night: 885 miles on the odometer in the GPB van from beginning to end. It was a big, three-day trip touring the southern part...

August 19, 2014 - 1:52pm
GPB Sports Blog

Where The Biggest And Best Showed Up

It’s like the Christmas song: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” But, as you and I both know, it’s never really NOT football season… With the pre-season camps, 7-on-7 competitions, early...

August 6, 2014 - 1:32pm
Robert Mize plays his way to champion status at the GSGA Amateur Championship at the Idle Hour Club in Macon, Georgia.
GPB Sports Blog

Another Mize In The Spotlight

When GPB Sports made its way down to the Idle Hour Golf and Country Club for the 93rd Georgia Amateur, it was one of those experiences that you can enjoy close-up to take a peek at the next round of...

July 14, 2014 - 10:39am

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