Taylor Gantt

Radio Producer & Back-Up Host

Taylor graduated from Georgia State University in 2015 with bachelor's in journalism and a concentration in telecommunications. He interned with "On Second Thought" during his senior spring semester and immediately fell in love with the team and the GPB working environment (but mostly the T-shirts).

Taylor also worked as a freelance sports reporter for the Forsyth County News and a sports contributor for the growing southern magazine "The Kitchen Drawer." When he's not listening to Rush or groaning at the local teams, he can be found petting his cat "Mr. Jorge" or watching Netflix.

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On Sunday, thousands of people will march in the 48th annual Pride Parade in Atlanta.

 

Pride has come a long way over the years in Atlanta and across the country.

 

Nowadays, there’s no shortage of TV shows and entertainment that focuses on LGBT life, shows like Queer Eye, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and The L Word.

 

But before all those shows, back in 1999, there was Out TV Atlanta.

 

 


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A historic hurricane ripped through Florida's Panhandle and into southwest Georgia late Wednesday, killing two people in its path.

Gov. Nathan Deal held a news conference online at 10:30 a.m.

President Donald J. Trump declared a state of emergency in Georgia and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts. FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.

Michael is now a tropical storm near the Georgia/South Carolina border.  Strong winds, heavy rain, and tornadoes are expected across portions of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina today.
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Officials in Seminole County say what is now Tropical Storm Michael is responsible for the death of an 11-year-old girl.


With less than a month remaining before Georgia's midterm elections, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.

 


Left: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during a town hall event, in Natick, Mass. Right: Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a rally in Orlando, Fla.
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The two candidates competing to become Georgia’s next governor will both receive campaign help from out of state on Tuesday.

 

Democrat Stacey Abrams will host an event at Clayton State University featuring U.S. senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Massachusetts congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley.

 

Pressley grabbed national headlines when she upset 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in the democratic primary last month.

Running unopposed, Pressley is set to become the first black congresswoman to represent her state.

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The Atlanta Hawks begin training camp this week ahead of the upcoming NBA season, and they'll be doing so with the oldest player in the league on their roster.

 

At 41 years of age, Vince Carter is the oldest active player in the NBA on a team with many young players and new faces. He spoke Monday about his role at a media event held at Emory's Sports Medicine Complex.

 

 


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As Georgia's November midterm elections steadily approach, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB-Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.

This week, we examine the role of the Lieutenant Governor in Georgia, a seperate election from the nationally scrutinized Governor's race. 

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The National Weather Service says Georgia will be spared the worst of Florence, which was downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday morning. 

As Georgia's November midterm elections steadily approach, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB-Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.


This weekend, thousands of music fans will gather at Central Park in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward to attend ONE Musicfest.

 

Organizers say it’s the Southeast’s largest two-day, urban progressive music festival.

 

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Afua Richardson is an artist, musician, and performer who will be attending DragonCon in Atlanta this week.

She's one of the artists behind the World of Wakanda comic book series.

 

Afua is also working on a graphic novel that details the early life and work of civil rights icon and U.S. Representative John Lewis of Atlanta, titled 'RUN.'

 

 


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Earlier this week, prisoners in Georgia and 16 other states went on strike to protest what they call modern day slavery within the prison system.

Back in the 1970s, another prison movement started in the month of August.

It became known as Black August, a time to acknowledge the political struggles of African American prisoners.

Atlanta is home to one of the largest Muslim proportions in the country, according to the Pew Research Center.

This week, starting on Monday, thousands of Muslims across the metro area will observe one of the most holy days in the religion of Islam.

Eid al-Adha is known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ in Islam, commemorating the prophet Abraham and the sacrifice he promised to God.

 


 

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Orchestras in America are continuing to struggle with the issue of diversity.

 

According to an industry-wide study in 2016, black musicians make up less than two percent of orchestras across the country. For hispanic performers, that number is less than three percent.

 

And many leadership positions, like conductors and board members, remain predominantly white.

 

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program is hoping to reverse this trend.


For years, Ryan Cameron was one of the signature voices of Atlanta.

 

Born and bred in the city, Ryan enjoyed a long career in radio. He hosted morning shows on several local stations, including V-103.

 

 


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For Latinos, living through current events in modern-day America can be incredibly stressful.

 

Recent sources of stress include the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border and commercials from local candidates running for office threatening to round up immigrants.

 

 


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Today’s music minute features the man who’s been performing for more than 60 years under the name Tony Bennett.  

 

‘Stepping Out With My Baby’ is one of many signature hits written by the 19-time Grammy Award winning artist.


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The National Association of Collegiate eSports is holding its first annual conference at Georgia State University this week.

 

Baseball, basketball, and especially football dominate high school sports in Georgia.

 

Now, there’s a new option for students across the state.

 


Today, we’ll hear from three artists who have addressed the issue of mental illness in their music.

 

Many rap musicians have been reluctant to speak out due to the stigma, but these artists broke the silence.


 


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In May, a study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics found that African American children under the age of 12 are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts.

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The newly created city of South Fulton is the only one in the U.S. with black women leading every major role of the judicial system.

 

 

 


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Atlanta’s professional womens basketball team, the Atlanta Dream, is competing to return to the WNBA Playoffs after missing the postseason last year.

 

 


 

Coretta Scott King was not just the wife of the late civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. She was also an accomplished activist in her own right.

 

She traveled the world and advocated for racial and social equality for people of all walks of life.

 

In 1968, the same year her husband was assassinated, Scott-King founded the King Center, which has served as a base of operations for modern day activism.

 

 

 

 

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Writer, actor and comedian Maz Jobrani has been using humor to talk about race and stereotypes in American culture for more than a decade.

Jobrani, who is Iranian-American, has tackled these sensitive subjects through stand up comedy, including last year’s protests surrounding President Trump’s travel ban.

 

 

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For bobsledder and Georgia native Elana Meyers Taylor, the Olympics are a culmination of more than a decade of work.

She won three medals including silver at this year’s games in Korea.

But Taylor’s Olympic career almost ended in 2015 after she suffered a serious concussion.


In Georgia, 91% of non-custodial parents who owe child support are men.

 

For fathers who can’t afford to make those payments, that could mean a drivers license suspension, loss of visitation, or even jail.  

 

 


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Today’s Music Minute features a controversial artist known for always speaking his mind.

On this day in 1977, Kanye West was born in Atlanta.

Kanye’s vocal support for president Trump and recent comments about slavery being a ‘choice’ have garnered a lot of negative reaction on social media.

In the midst of that controversy, Kanye released his eighth studio album, Ye, which includes this song, titled ‘No Mistakes."

 

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