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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.

Recent Blog Posts

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Southbound Again...

Let’s start by saying that it was a great add bringing in the voice of the Titans, Mike Keith, for the end of that video above…This week’s “Football Fridays” podcast is...

October 13, 2015 - 11:24am
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W2W4: What To Watch For - Week Eight

In 6A, everyone is involved in region play now with Region 1 starting their sprint to the playoffs…Here’s Mark and Jackie looking at the top-ranked team in the state and other match-ups...

October 6, 2015 - 12:10pm
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Running Through The Fire...

Every region is, now, up and running…With life kicking in for Region 1-6A and the other smaller-sized groups, everyone is now involved in deciding their playoff seedings for the third season....

October 6, 2015 - 10:40am
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W2W4: What To Watch For- Week Seven

In 6A, It's the first week of Region 1 play- a lot of people feel this is one of the toughest regions in the country (not just the state of Georgia)... and north Georgia is off and running...

September 29, 2015 - 12:51pm
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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