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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If you have an emergency and need to call 9-1-1, how soon do you want to help to arrive? ASAP is likely your answer.

 

In the city of Dunwoody, ambulance response times were a hotly contested subject last spring after a number of calls were not handled promptly.

 

 


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Atlanta United may have pulled off a victory Wednesday night, but it was not enough to carry the team into the next round of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament. 

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The Atlanta Legends are the city’s newest football team, one of eight franchises that make up the Alliance of American Football, which debuted last month.

The AAF is trying to succeed where others have failed: by creating a successful spring league for players who are looking for a second chance.

 

 


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Atlanta United played their first home game of the MLS season on Sunday, drawing with FC Cincinnati by a score of 1-1.

Atlanta started the game with a goal by MVP Josef Martinez, his first of the season.

But after holding the lead for 80 minutes, Atlanta gave up the tying score to expansion team FC Cincinnati, which was only playing its second game in Major League Soccer.

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Atlanta United suffered a 3-0 defeat in Mexico on Wednesday in their first game against Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

United went down early in the match, at the 15-minute mark, after a foul in the penalty box set up a Nicolas Sanchez goal that put Monterrey ahead for good.

 

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A legal advocacy group says judges in Atlanta are illegally imposing sentences on poor people that require them to pay a set fine or spend time in jail.

The Southern Center for Human Rights says the Atlanta Municipal court is imposing "pay or jail" sentences on the homeless, which they say violates the U.S. Constitution.

 

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One of NPR's most popular shows, "Snap Judgment," is coming to Atlanta for a live performance at Atlanta Symphony Hall on March 30.

Glynn Washington has hosted the program since it debuted in 2010. The show's goal is to share "stories with a beat" from around the world.


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When you hear the name Rosa Parks, you probably flash back to your black history month education.

 

She's often credited as the woman who refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, leading to a series of boycotts.

But before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin.  

 

 


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This week, GPB's Morning Edition is looking back at the legacy of Rosa Parks and the other women that made her famous act of social defiance possible.

 

But today, we’re highlighting a controversial song that put Parks at odds with one of Atlanta’s most famous music acts.

 

 


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Georgia lawmakers have removed a proposal that would have added a state tax to Netflix and other streaming video services.

The sales tax on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu would have been used to help fund internet expansion in rural parts of the state.

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Atlanta was well represented during the 2019 Oscars on Sunday,  both in the nominations and on stage.

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On Sunday, the 2019 Oscars will honor the best films of the past year.

 

Atlanta and Georgia will be well represented in the nominations and on stage, with films like "Black Panther," "The Avengers" and "First Man" all receiving nominations after filming in the state.

 

 


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Atlanta United lost their first game in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament in Costa Rica on Thursday by a score of 3 to 1 against Herediano.

United were the favorites entering the match, but costly mistakes repeatedly hurt Atlanta and led to easy goals for the Costa Rican club.

As you look back over the black history education you received in your childhood, you definitely heard about Dr. Martin Luther King and his movement of non-violent protest.  

 

 

But that wasn't case for every freedom fighter during the civil rights movement. Instead of turning the other cheek, some people were hiding guns in the countryside in case they had to literally shoot back.

 

 


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The city of Atlanta will no longer ask how much applicants made at their former jobs when hiring employees.

Last week, mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the question was removed from job applications for city positions in order to level the playing field.

In an interview with WSB-TV, Bottoms said the move isn't meant to specifically target one group of applicants, but the entire potential workforce of the city.

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Lisa Borders, the president and CEO of the organization Time's Up, is stepping down from the role.

She announced the decision Monday on Twitter, citing a family conflict that needed her attention.

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CONTENT WARNING: This audio piece includes a section of a sermon that contains anti-LGBT slurs and  language [from 0:32 to 0:53]. Listener discretion is advised.

 

Across the nation, many in the Christian community are discussing the relationship between the Bible and sexual identity.

 

Here in Atlanta, Jamal Bryant is the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. He has compared being gay to drug addiction and referred to homosexuality as a “rebellion” against God.

 

And in Norcross, David Berzins is pastor of Strong Hold Baptist Church. Berzins has repeatedly spoken out against the LGBT community, even saying that homosexuals "deserve the death penalty."

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The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is in full swing this month with screenings throughout the city.

One of the films on display is the documentary "93QUEEN," the story of a group of Hasidic women in Brooklyn, New York who defied traditional gender roles and formed a volunteer EMT group.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is considering a potential run for Senate in 2020 against Republican incumbent David Perdue.

Abrams, who gave the Democratic response to the president's State of the Union address earlier this month, has continued to push for what she calls a "fair voting system" in Georgia.  


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The state of Georgia was well represented during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Stone Mountain native Childish Gambino (a.k.a Donald Glover) earned Record of the Year and Song of the Year honors for his smash hit "This is America," the first time a rap song has won in those two categories in Grammy history.

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Some residents in the North Atlanta suburb of Buckhead are complaining about an increase of crime in their community.

 

It’s one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city. But residents say the area is seeing a rise in violent crime, car thefts, and burglary.

 

 


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This weekend will be full of music celebrations ahead of the Grammys on Sunday, with Atlanta and Georgia being well represented.

But one of Georgia’s most famous sons is up for an award without rapping, singing or producing.

Former President Jimmy Carter is going for his third Grammy win in the Best Spoken Word Album category.


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One night in 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was visiting his family in Mississippi when he was kidnapped by a gang of white men and killed after he whistled at a white woman in a grocery store.

 

The two men behind the crime were eventually acquitted by an all-white jury.

But the pictures of Emmett Till’s body during his open-casket funeral sparked outrage across the country and fueled the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s.

 

 


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The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots are set to do battle in Super Bowl 53 at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Sunday.  

It’s been 19 years since the city last hosted the big game, when the Rams (who were still in St. Louis) toppled the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl 34 at the Georgia Dome in 2000.


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Atlanta United fans are saying goodbye to one of the team's most beloved players, Miguel Almiron.

The 24 year old from Paraguay is reportedly being transferred to Newcastle in the English Premier League for a MLS record breaking fee of $27 million dollars.


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The United States Senate on Thursday voted on two measures that would push forward efforts to reopen the government. Sen. Johnny Isakson broke from his GOP colleagues when he voted for both the Republican and Democratic proposal while Sen. David Perdue voted in support of President Donald Trump’s proposal to reopen the government.

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Atlanta musicians will shine at next weekend’s Super Bowl.  

 

Gladys Knight is set to sing the National Anthem, Big Boi is performing during the halftime show and a pair of twin sisters from Atlanta will also add their vibe to the big game.


The Pan-African flag has appeared at the center of some of the most painful moments in American history.  

In 2014, an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, protesters waved the Pan-African flag as they marched through the streets.


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Atlanta business leaders gathered at the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday morning ahead of Super Bowl LIII. 


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