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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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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Georgia’s parole board on Thursday spared the life of a prisoner just hours ahead of his scheduled execution, commuting his sentence to life without the possibility of parole.

Jimmy Fletcher Meders, 58, had been scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Jackson. But the State Board of Pardons and Paroles released its decision granting him clemency around 1 p.m.


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On Monday, America will honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Many people worked shoulder to shoulder with King during the civil rights movement, including a Southern white author and activist in Clayton, Georgia.

Lillian E. Smith is one of the few people mentioned by name in King’s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”


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Atlanta's soccer team gathered Monday for the first training session of 2020.

Atlanta United is preparing for the upcoming season without defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, who was transferred to Club Tijuana last week.

Government and community leaders are working to avoid an undercount of rural and minority communities in the 2020 census.
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Of the more than 10 million people who live in Georgia, about 1.6 million residents live in areas of the state that do not have broadband internet. This creates a problem for these communities as the U.S. Census Bureau prepares for the 2020 census that will primarily be conducted online.


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Next month, the University of Georgia's College of Education will bear the name of a trailblazer.

Mary Frances Early was the first black student to graduate from the school in 1962.


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More than a century ago, Georgia was rocked by a murder, a controversial trial and a lynching.

Leo Frank, a Jewish man from New York who ran the National Pencil Company in Atlanta, was charged with the rape and murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan.


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The Atlanta Falcons will be in California on Sunday to take on the San Francisco 49ers.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn will be facing one of his former staff members: Kyle Shanahan.

Shanahan helped Atlanta get to Super Bowl 51 in 2017 as the team’s offensive coordinator.


The largest hospital in Georgia and one of the busiest trauma centers in the country is still diverting emergency calls, which is putting a strain on other hospitals.

Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta is working to repair damage from a broken water pipe that burst on Saturday.

The hospital, which had planned to end diversion earlier this week, says 158 beds will be inaccessible for several months.


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The Atlanta City Detention Center Task Force held its fourth public meeting Tuesday night.

The group is coming up with new uses for the detention center after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed legislation to close the jail.

The area will be repurposed as the Center for Equity, which will offer social services to people in need.

Rashad Taylor, who co-chairs the Task Force, said the jail currently houses around 100 low-level offenders.

Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean and Michael Brown are just a few of the names that represent a violent reality for millions of black people in America.

According to data from the Washington Post, black Americans are shot by police officers at a disproportionate rate.


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Everyone wants to live in a thriving, beautiful neighborhood.

So how do we achieve that?  Many people believe that gentrification, or the process of renovating and improving a neighborhood so that it conforms to middle-class taste, is the way to go.


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Atlanta is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the country, with nearly 6 million people now calling the city home.

With all that growth comes the issue of gentrification. As more apartments and businesses crop up around the metro area, many long-time residents of neighborhoods are being priced out by higher rents and property taxes.


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For many people around the world, the beloved public television show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood is a reminder of a simpler time.

Starting in 1968, Fred Rogers spent three decades teaching children that each of them is special in their own way.


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Ten Democratic presidential candidates will take to the debate stage at Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta Wednesday night. The candidates will answer questions from a panel of four women journalists. 

While that may sound historic, it’s the third time in U.S. history where the moderators are all women, but it is the first time in this election cycle.


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Dorothy Butler Gilliam was the first African American woman reporter hired at The Washington Post in 1961. She was only 23 years old and her work was cut out for her as she lived through and wrote about the civil rights and women's movements — two pivotal moments in American history. 

Gilliam has since worked to make newsrooms across the country more diverse. 


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Historically Black Colleges and Universities are struggling right now. Five have been shuttered since 1989, while others are just barely holding on.

Enrollment, which has down been for all colleges, has been a bigger problem at HBCUs.


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After much anticipation, former quarterback Colin Kaepernick worked out in Atlanta on Saturday, but not on the NFL's terms.

The former San Francisco 49ers passer, who remains unsigned since kneeling in protest of police brutality during the national anthem in 2016, had been scheduled by the NFL for a private workout at the Falcons facility in Flowery Branch.

 


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It’s been a tough year for sports fans in Georgia.

Atlanta United fell one game short of returning to the MLS Cup in October.

The Atlanta Braves were booted from the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row.

For the Atlanta Falcons, 2019 has been even worse. The team is 1-7 entering this Sunday’s game against the Saints in New Orleans.

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This week, Georgia's Public Service Commission will begin a new round of hearings in Atlanta on a proposed rate hike for Georgia Power customers.

 

The average user would pay an extra $200 dollars annually under the potential rate increase.

 


In this edition of GPB's Morning Edition Music Minute, we're featuring one of the many faces behind the scenes at Georgia Public Broadcasting: audio engineer and sound designer Jesse Nighswonger.

Jesse works as the engineer for GPB's On Second Thought and Political Rewind. For promos and billboards, he often uses his original compositions as background music.


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From special cleats worn by football players to tutus on runners in 5Ks, pink is definitely the color that reminds us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Breast cancer affects about 1 in 8 women in the U.S.

 

And it affects men too. About 1 in 883 men get it.

 

 


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The Atlanta Falcons' losing streak now stands at five games after Sunday's 37-10 defeat against the L.A. Rams.

 

Quarterback Matt Ryan was injured in the fourth quarter and running back Devonte Freeman was ejected after throwing a punch at an opposing player. 

 

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Today’s music minute highlights the artist behind one of the most popular country songs to ever come out of Georgia, featuring one of the state’s natural landmarks.

 

Alan Jackson, the artist behind the hit song “Chattahoochee,” was born in Newnan on this day in 1958. 

 


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The University of Georgia's College of Education will be named next year to honor the school's first African American graduate. 

 

Mary Frances Early was the third black student to attend UGA, but she was the first to graduate, earning a master's degree in music education in 1962.

 

 


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Authorities say a second man has been arrested in a shooting that wounded four people at a block party outside an Atlanta college library in August.

 

Ahmad Coleman, 25, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals in Mississippi and now awaits extradition.

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While the playoff hopes of the Atlanta Braves were dashed at Suntrust Park this week, Atlanta's soccer team was preparing to compete for a second straight title in Major League Soccer.

Atlanta United is looking for back-to-back MLS Cup victories in only the team's third season.

United defeated the Portland Timbers in a 2-0 game at Mercedes Benz Stadium to clinch the cup in 2018. 

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The St. Louis Cardinals turned the diamond into a giant pinball machine, dinging hits all over SunTrust Park.

 

By the time the Atlanta Braves finally got the third out, it was the most productive first inning in postseason history.

 

The Cardinals scored 10 runs their first time up and dealt Atlanta another playoff heartbreak, routing the Braves 13-1 in decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday.

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Oprah Winfrey is making another large donation to one of Atlanta's historic black colleges and universities.

 

Morehouse College is set to receive a $13 million gift from the television icon as part of the 30th anniversary of the Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program.

 

 


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