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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

The Way We Arrived...

So, how DID we get here? Other than the obvious 192 teams, 7 titles, multiple locations and all that stuff…Well, for the umpteenth year in a row, nothing was a surprise. But everything was a...

March 4, 2015 - 3:14pm
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More Than The Boxscore

For my final column capping off the 2014 football season, I wanted to introduce you to a couple of people. There are champions...and there were seven named in the Georgia Dome: Mount Paran Christian...

January 5, 2015 - 9:18pm
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Jon's Georgia: State Finals Edition

So, now we’re here… Fourteen survivors from the first field of 405 have made it to the Georgia Dome for the GHSA Championships on Friday and Saturday. There are some interesting story lines; the...

December 10, 2014 - 12:34pm
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Jon's Georgia: GHSA Semis

The semifinals…Okay, show of hands again… How many of you had the likes of Allatoona, Mays, Stockbridge, and Etowah around this long? And I ask that question with the fan bases of Allatoona, Mays...

December 3, 2014 - 11:07am
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Jon's Georgia: Week 17

On to the quarterfinals… And, once again, who of you had two three seeds making it through to the final 8. Raise your hands…Okay, now take them down. Because unless you know something I don’t, the...

November 26, 2014 - 1:21pm

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