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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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Teams are wrapping up their non-region schedules and getting ready for the second half of the season. We’re seeing some separation in parts of the state and some gathering of the forces in...

September 29, 2015 - 11:40am
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W2W4: What To Watch For- Week 6

It's Week 6 of the 2015 high school football season, so that means it's time to check in on all the classes and let you know what is catching the eye of the Sports team...In Single-A, the...

September 22, 2015 - 2:03pm
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It's Not Lonely At The Top...

There was a cool moment that was started over this last week…I say “started” because the name of Panthersville Stadium is being changed up on the marquee. The new name will be Buck...

September 22, 2015 - 10:00am
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W2W4: What To Watch For- September 17th Through September 20th

It’s that time…Time to talk about the week coming up…Last week, as evidenced by what went on- there were a LOT of shocking results- whether we’re talking about end results...

September 17, 2015 - 3:40pm
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Is Your Team The Baddest In The Land...???

We know we’re at the quarter-pole for this football season, but we decided to ask all of you faithful readers this question: What’s the BEST team in the state right now...??? Regardless of class...

September 16, 2015 - 11:07am