Taylor Gantt

Radio Producer & Back-Up Host

Taylor Gantt is a multimedia journalist and a Georgia native. He graduated from Georgia State University in 2015 with degree in journalism and a concentration in telecommunications.

After working to build the daily southern talk show "On Second Though with Celeste Headlee," Taylor moved on to Morning Edition to serve as a producer and back-up host. He also worked as a contributor for the Forsyth County News and the southern lifestytle magazine "The Kitchen Drawer."

Some of his favorite moments on the job include covering Atlanta United in the 2018 MLS Cup, reporting on 911 amnesty laws that could save lives during a drug overdose and profiling olympian Elana Meyers Taylor after she decided to donate her brain to study concussions.

Taylor is also an AP Award recipient and a Next Generation Radio alumni.

Off the job, he can often be found listening to Rush or bemoaning the state of the local sports teams.

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The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, a leader in America's civil rights movement, died on Friday at the age of 98.

Atlanta's Cascade United Methodist Church, where Lowery once pastored, held a digital service on Sunday to celebrate his life.


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As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to grow in Georgia, mayors across the state are enacting measures to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19.


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Teachers in Georgia are firing up laptops and turning their homes into virtual classrooms as schools statewide remain closed amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

There are challenges with digital learning for both children and parents still adjusting to this new reality. 


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Waffle House, one of Georgia's most iconic restaurants, is temporarily shuttering more than 300 locations in multiple states. It's a sign of how bad the coronavirus pandemic is.

While many restaurants recently closed or halted dining room service to slow the spread of coronavirus, Waffle House closures signal desperate times. That's because of something known as the "Waffle House Index."

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Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact. 

Taylor Gantt spoke with Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler about the effect the COVID-19 outbreak is having on Georgia's employment market and how to quickly tap into unemployment benefits if needed.

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Gov. Brian Kemp announced new statewide restrictions to help slow the spread of the coronavirus Monday.

The order closes bars and nightclubs, bans most gatherings of 10 or more people and requires vulnerable Georgians to stay at home.


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Several cities and counties in Georgia have put curfews in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus. 

Near Atlanta, those cities include Tucker, College Park and South Fulton.

The city of Milledgeville, as well as Sumter, Baldwin, and Laurens counties have also enacted curfews, which closes establishments and limits travel in the evening, except for people working, getting supplies or seeking medical aid.


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Atlanta musician Zac Brown is voicing his concerns about the coronavirus and the way people are reacting to it.

In an emotional video posted to Instagram, Brown thanked all the people in his road crew that he had to let go after his touring plans were suspended.

"For the last 15 years my crew, who I carry with me out on the road to play my shows and do what we do, I’ve had to let go of about 90 percent,” Brown said.

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The Georgia Department of Labor is taking steps to make it easier for workers to access unemployment services.

The department is waiving any in-person requirements for the services it provides, including filing an unemployment claim without reporting to a career center.

 


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As many Georgians prepare to work and study from home as schools and offices close to prevent the spread of coronavirus, several companies are taking steps to make sure people are not left without the basics.

As of Saturday, Georgia Power will not disconnect residential customers who cannot pay their bill for the next 30 days.


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UPDATE: 4:35 P.M. The NCAA has decided to cancel the Division 1 men's and women basketball tournament as a growing number of sporting leagues and entertainment events shutter in order to help prevent further spread of coronavirus in the U.S.

Atlanta was set to host the Final Four of the men's tournament next month. 

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The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending all regular season games after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus. 

The Atlanta Hawks were in the final moments of their game against the New York Knicks at State Farm Arena when the news began circulating.

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UPDATE 5 p.m.: The NCAA announced Wednesday that men's and women's basketball tournaments will be played in arenas without fans due to the coronavirus crisis.

That includes the Final Four scheduled April 4 through 6 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

"The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel," NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement.

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Georgia is just over a week into early voting for the presidential preference primary.

Tens of thousands of Georgians have cast their votes on a new touchscreen machine that prints out a paper ballot.

Meanwhile, Athens-Clarke County is being investigated after choosing to ditch the machines and make choices using pen and paper.


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UPDATE: The state health department updated this case as a Polk County woman and confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is confirming that a patient in a Floyd County hospital has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet confirmed the case.

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Atlanta United will host its home opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday night against Cincinnati F.C.

But as United lines up to face Cincinnati, the team will be without its star striker. 


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Health officials said Tuesday the two Fulton County residents who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus are father and son.

The 56-year-old Fulton County man had traveled to Atlanta from Milan, Italy, on Feb. 22 and didn't show symptoms of the disease until a few days after his flight, Fulton Health Director Elizabeth Ford said.

Both he and his son are recovering at home.

“Their symptoms have subsided,” Ford said. “The mother and other child are slightly symptomatic and will be tested shortly.”

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Atlanta Congressman John Lewis made a surprise appearance Sunday in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

On March 7, 1965, Alabama state troopers beat and tear-gassed hundreds of voting-rights demonstrators trying to march from Selma to Montgomery.

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Atlanta United is advancing to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament after a 3-0 win on Tuesday at Kennesaw State University.


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Today's music minute features an up-and-coming Latinx artist who is making her way in Atlanta.

Felicita, a Guatemalan American artist, released a music video for her latest single "Mi Suerte" this month.


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Over these cold winter months, many people curl up with a cozy quilt. 

From patchwork or crazy quilts, which are salvaged from old clothes and fabrics, to highly designed patterns, quilts can provide warmth and also tell a story.

And, for black people, quilting has a powerful history in this genre of folk art. 


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U.S. Congressman John Lewis of Atlanta was honored over the weekend during the 51st Annual NAACP Image Awards for his work as a civil rights activist.

Lewis, who turned 80 last week, accepted the Chairman's Award in a pre-recorded video.

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Saturday, Feb. 1, marks the 60th anniversary of a watershed moment in the civil rights movement. 

The scene took place at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The players were four black college students who decided to go into the store, sit at the counter and refuse to move until they were served.


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2020 is set to be a ground-breaking year for the WNBA.

Earlier this month, the league announced some big changes in a new collective bargaining agreement.


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State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says 2019 was another banner year for Georgia with increases in jobs, workforce and employed residents. 

Year-end numbers in all three categories were record highs. At the same time, the December unemployment rate was another record low. 


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Today, we remember the life of jazz legend Jimmy Heath, who died at his home in Loganville, Georgia, on Sunday at the age of 93.


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The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta is launching a special exhibit next week to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

In conjunction with Monday’s holiday, the Center is showcasing an exhibit on King’s Beloved Community, which begins this weekend.


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