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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

Recent Blog Posts

GPB Sports Blog

Football Fridays in Georgia Podcast: Week 8 (Or is it week 9?)

It's another round of the "Football Fridays in Georgia" podcast where Jon and Jackie talk fantasy football- and Jackie announces her starting QB for the rest of the season. They also talk the week...

October 13, 2016 - 12:03pm
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A Large Dose of Reality

I’m going to go a little off script this week… First, and foremost, I just hope everyone on the coast is okay after Hurricane Matthew made his presence known all weekend long up the east coast of...

October 11, 2016 - 12:38pm
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Football Fridays in Georgia Podcast: Week 7 (Or is it week 8?)

It's another round of the Football Fridays in Georgia Podcast where Jon and Jackie discuss their fantasy football teams that are going in opposite directions, the Cartersville-Central Carroll game, a...

October 6, 2016 - 10:59am
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Now is Still Not The Time To Panic…

We’re officially at the half-way point for a lot of teams this season- and SOME OF THEM HAVE STILL NOT PLAYED A REGION GAME!!! But, that’s the new world we live in… for another year-and-a-half,...

October 4, 2016 - 12:21pm
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Football Fridays in Georgia Podcast Week 7 (Or Is It 6?)

It's another round of the podcast where Jackie talks fantasy football problems, while Jon doesn't have fantasy football problems... They also recap the week that was around the state, the Classic...

September 29, 2016 - 2:49pm