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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.


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

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GPB Sports Blog

W2W4: What To Watch For- Week 11

In 6A, Region 1 returns from a week off for the stretch run and the Cobb and Gwinnett schools are setting each other up for playoff berths… Jackie and Mark have a preview… In 5A,...

October 27, 2015 - 11:48am
GPB Sports Blog

Time Keeps Ticking… And There’s Not A Lot Left To State Your Case…

Region 1-6A had the week off, so it was up to the rest of the state to make their statements for Week 10 of the high school football season…(Side note: Are we REALLY in Week 11 of the football...

October 27, 2015 - 11:25am
GPB Sports Blog

Didn’t See That One Coming…Or That One… Or That One…

First things first…I would like to add my thanks to everyone down in Moultrie and Colquitt County for an incredible time. The hospitality, warmth, and atmosphere for the Valdosta game was...

October 20, 2015 - 11:31am
GPB Sports Blog

W2W4: What To Watch For- Week 10

In 6A, Region 7 and Region 8 are heading in two directions… and everyone is trying to get to the third season. Jackie and Mark give it a look as teams are trying to get those home playoff...

October 20, 2015 - 10:52am
GPB Sports Blog

W2W4: What To Watch For- Week 9

In 6A, as GPB Sports prepares to go to south Georgia, Jackie and Mark give you a preview of "Football Fridays in Georgia" and everything else you need to know in a tightly-bunched Top ten...

October 13, 2015 - 4:05pm