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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

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
The undefeated Tucker Tigers look to keep their winning streak alive as they face the M.L. King Lions on GPB this Friday night.
GPB Sports Blog

Lions Look To Play Spoiler Against The Undefeated Tigers

We’re officially getting closer… There are only two games left in the regular season (for most-for others, it’s only one…) and some teams have already made their way into region titles and the third...

October 29, 2013 - 10:30am
North Cobb put on quite a show on Football Fridays in Georgia, taking over the game in the fourth quarter with two quick scores
GPB Sports Blog

Statement Friday

First and foremost… WHAT A FRIDAY NIGHT LAST WEEK on “Football Fridays in Georgia…” (And, yes, the capital letters were intentional…) A great environment… and a great game where one of the toughest...

October 22, 2013 - 10:13am
GPB Sports Blog

The Will To Play

"Football Fridays In Georgia" sneak preview of a high school athlete we all can learn from. Football Fridays In Georgia airs live at 7pm on GPB with the All-Access Pass Pregame Show. Kickoff is...

October 17, 2013 - 2:00pm

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