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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 Eight

It was homecoming all around the state last weekend. A lot of folks were crowned kings and queens across football fields and it was a cool time for parents and their sons and daughters. Oh, let us...

October 13, 2014 - 5:28pm
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Jon's Georgia: Week Seven

Now is the time… For a lot of folks in South Georgia, it doesn’t get any heavier than what happens in Week 7. Lowndes travels to Colquitt, Lee County travels to Tifton, Valdosta travels to Colquitt...

October 7, 2014 - 9:00am
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Jon's Georgia: Second Season Start

I know a lot of you are looking forward to seeing what Region 1-6A is going to be doing for the rest of the regular season when it comes to all of you who have interest in the 6A schools. When I was...

October 1, 2014 - 4:30pm
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Jon's Georgia: Week Five

What was it that I said about all the upsets going on in the rankings…? That they happen, they’ll still happen and to not be surprised about them happening because we’re not done…? Something like...

September 23, 2014 - 5:22pm
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Jon's Georgia: Fourth Edition

Another week, more surprises...But to be honest, surprises shouldn’t be surprising. Throw in some firsts and Week 3 was a doozy. How many of you had Lassiter at 0-4 and Brookwood at 0-3…? How many...

September 16, 2014 - 3:09pm