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 a 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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Less than a year ago, college football stadiums across the country were packed with tens of thousands of screaming fans, who gathered to cheer on their favorite teams.

 

But having live crowds during a pandemic is going to look different.  

 

On September 6th, Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta will play host to the annual rivalry game between two conferences made up of historically black schools. Grambling State will take on South Carolina State in the 16th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge.

 

 

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Georgia state lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday to finish the legislative session that was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Only 10 working days remain in the session. In that time, lawmakers need to pass a budget, including an 11-percent cut because of pandemic-related revenue losses.


A peaceful march in Atlanta on Friday to advocate for justice in the killings of George Floyd, Ahmed Arbery and Breonna Taylor turned violent, leading to destruction of property, looting and other acts of vandalism. 


Some college athletes will be able to return to campus next month.

According to Yahoo Sports, the NCAA council voted on Wednesday to allow football players and men's and women's basketball players to train at school facilities, beginning June 1.

School presidents in the Southeastern Conference are expected to approve the decision in a teleconference on Friday.

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Live sports will make a return to Georgia next month at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Folds of Honor QUICK TRIP 500 will take place on Sunday, June 7, without any spectators.


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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.

Gyms and fitness centers in Georgia are allowed to re-open, but many are not. So, when is it the right time to reopen, and how should people be handling their own physical health during the pandemic? GPB's Taylor Gantt checks in with Dr. Jonathan Kim, the chief of sports cardiology at Emory University. He’s also the team cardiologist for the Atlanta Braves, Hawks, Falcons and the Atlanta Dream.

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As the Atlanta Braves wait to return to the baseball field, many of the team’s seasonal employees are also in limbo.

That includes the Braves’ longest tenured game day employee, 80-year-old Walter Banks.


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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.

Georgia schools have been closed for a little more than a month, causing students and teachers to adjust abruptly to virtual learning. GPB Morning Edition producer Taylor Gantt talks with teacher Dana Farr and student Antoine Garner from East Hall Middle School in Gainesville about the adjustment to online learning.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is struggling to deal with an influx of people seeking refuge. Hundreds of the city’s homeless are sheltering at the airport terminal on any given night, according to a recent report.

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One of Georgia's largest utility companies is offering special programs for people who may be struggling to pay their power bill.

Georgia Power is partnering with the Salvation Army and the Division of Family and Children Services to help qualifying, low-income households pay their energy bills.


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Over the past few weeks, many people have shared their personal experience during this moment that the world is collectively going through.

Some are dealing with boredom while social distancing. Others are dealing with the fear of loved ones falling ill or becoming sick themselves.


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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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