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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

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
GPB Sports Blog

State Finals Teams Impress On More Than The Court

First and foremost, thanks to everyone who watched the GHSA Basketball Championships over the weekend past- however you did… Whether it was on GPB-TV, gpb.org or the GPB Sports app (which you really...

March 11, 2014 - 4:47pm
GPB Sports Blog

Title Contenders Meet Their Match

It’s that time… Time for the top teams in the state to descend on Macon, the Coliseum, and the Centreplex for the 2014 GHSA Basketball Championships… Shaun Golden and I will be taking care of you for...

March 3, 2014 - 9:44pm

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