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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.

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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

4 Weeks and 128 Teams

It’s that time of year… Where, when you look at #4-seeds playing #1-seeds, there are times when the 4 isn’t a 4 and they come up and bite a top seed and send them home. It happened a couple of...

November 15, 2016 - 11:29am
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Football Fridays in Georgia Podcast: Week 12 (Or is it week 13?)

It's another round of where Jon and Jackie talk about the last week of the regular season in Georgia high school football... and Jackie is above .500 for the first time this year in fantasy... They...

November 10, 2016 - 12:26pm
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Let The Third Season Begin

Okay… Let’s start with the stunner of stunners… the fact that the (probable) 2-time Player of the Year in the state, Houston County QB Jake Fromm is thinking more about wrapping up his school work...

November 8, 2016 - 1:18pm
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Football Fridays in Georgia Podcast: Week 11 (Or is it week 12?)

It's another round of the "Football Fridays in Georgia" podcast where Jackie finally climbs to .500 in fantasy football- even as Jon is 6-2. They recap the trip to Moultrie and the Colquitt County...

November 3, 2016 - 10:20am
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One More for the Road

So, here we are… One game to decide it all for some… and one game to make a step in the right direction for others heading into the off-season… Some big examples for deciding it all come from...

November 1, 2016 - 1:52pm

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