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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.

News

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

Football Fridays in Georgia Podcast: Week 10 (Or is it week 11?)

It's another round of the "Football Fridays in Georgia" podcast where Jackie thinks artists sing songs they don't and confuses them... It's also a look back at the "Battle of Five Forks-Trickum" and...

October 27, 2016 - 1:34pm
GPB Sports Blog

Football Fridays in Georgia Podcast: What Matthew Left Behind

In a 36-hour span after Hurricane Matthew left the eastern seaboard, GPB Sports went to the coast to see how recovery efforts were going. This is a small sampling of stories from the coast as they...

October 27, 2016 - 12:15pm
GPB Sports Blog

And Serious Showdowns Behind Us

I admit that I took a bit of a right turn last week with this space, but I thought it was well worth it. But, at the same time, there is some good work going on down on the coast by some good people...

October 25, 2016 - 2:02pm
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Football Fridays in Georgia Podcast: Week 9 (Or is it week 10?)

It's another week for Jon and Jackie to talk everything high school football (and some pro as well since Jon is better than Jackie in fantasy still) in the state of Georgia... looking back at the...

October 20, 2016 - 2:07pm
GPB Sports Blog

What Matthew Left Behind...

When you travel down Interstate 95 south to the Florida border, you really don’t see Hurricane Matthew’s effects until you hit mile marker 36 or so… That’s when you see your first blue tarp on top...

October 18, 2016 - 10:43am

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