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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

The North Gwinnett Bulldogs travel to McEachern to face the Indians for the GHSA semifinals.
GPB Sports Blog

Quarterfinals Survivors Await The Final Friday Outdoors

Okay… Tell you something… The kicker for Alabama that was tasked to win the game against Auburn, red-shirt freshman Adam Griffith, I have covered from his time at Calhoun High School. He is a great...

December 2, 2013 - 12:43pm
Colquitt's "Road Warriors" took care of business in Round 2
GPB Sports Blog

Separation Week: When We Know The Sweet 16's...

“Separation Week…” Admittedly, this week past from the GHSA Playoffs doesn’t have a name… After this week, it’s quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals. But there’s no name for Round 2- until we...

November 25, 2013 - 8:45am
The Lassiter Trojans fell to the Peachtree Ridge Lions in a rainy first round playoff meeting.
GPB Sports Blog

Top-Seeded Dominance

It was a week of dominance by the top seeds in the first round of the playoffs… Short of the Alexander win over Dalton, Cedar Grove’s win over Elbert County, and the Peachtree Ridge win over Lassiter...

November 18, 2013 - 7:34pm
Veterans High clinched their very first region title with a win over Mary Persons on November 8th.
GPB Sports Blog

How The Tickets Were Punched

We started with 405 teams playing football just the other day… (It was the other day, wasn’t it?…) Now, we’re down to the 192 in the six classes that have survived the first two tests of their season...

November 11, 2013 - 11:02am
One-loss Gainesville plays 7-2 Flowery Branch in a game that decides it all this Friday on GPB's Football Fridays in Georgia.
GPB Sports Blog

The Trimming Of The Herd

So, there’s only one week remaining… We'll know who’s who and we’ll have the trimming of the herd, for the first time, before we get to the third season: the playoffs… Three teams had already...

November 4, 2013 - 9:32am

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