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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Simply saying the phrase "American flag" automatically generates a mental image for most Americans. But it may not be of the classic stars and stripes.

We all know what the American flag looks like, but what about the other kinds of flags that have been designed to express a person’s identity in this country.


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Monday will be a very busy day in Georgia politics.

The state legislature will officially begin the 2019 session, which will include tackling the issues of new voting machines, oversight at Atlanta's aiport and medical marijuana.

Marvel’s "Black Panther," which was filmed in Atlanta, was shut out at last Sunday’s Golden Globes, much to the dismay of many fans on social media.

But next month, the movie’s music will get a chance to walk away with Grammy gold.

 

 


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The 20th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will be one of many events taking place in Atlanta before the big game on Feb. 3.

 

 

 


Simply saying the phrase "American flag" automatically generates a mental image for most Americans. But it may not be of the classic stars and stripes.

 

We all know what the American flag looks like, but what about the other kinds of flags that have been designed to express a person’s identity in this country.  

 

On GPB's Morning Edition, we'll explore what the power of the flag looks like throughout January.

 

 


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East Atlanta rapper 6LACK is finishing up a 2018 full of musical highs.

 

Ricardo Valentine (6LACK) was born in Baltimore, but moved to Atlanta as a child.

Atlanta rapper Lil Jon just dropped the year's newest holiday song, "All I Really Want for Christmas."

Featuring on the track is none other than the Kool-Aid Man himself.  

 


 

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Full of history and close proximity to downtown Atlanta, East Lake and Grove Park are two communities that are prime areas for revitalization.  

 

2018 is almost in the history books, which means it’s time to look back at the music and artists that moved us over the past year.

 

Georgia, and especially the city of Atlanta, had several artists who had major success this year.

 

 


On Tuesday, governor-elect Brian Kemp will address lawmakers for the first time in a major speech at a conference in Athens.  

But some legislators aren’t ready to accept Kemp as Georgia’s next governor.

 

State representative Renitta Shannon of Decatur, who is also a member of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, is part of a small group of lawmakers who will boycott the speech.

 

 


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Grammy nominations are out, and at the top of the list is an Atlanta artist who shocked the consciousness of the country with his song, "This is America."

Childish Gambino (Donald Glover), who hails from Stone Mountain, dropped the single in May.  

It’s now nominated in two of the top categories: Record of the Year and Song of the Year.


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It’s been 23 years since a professional sports team from Atlanta won a championship.

Thanks to Atlanta United, the wait is finally over.

Atlanta United defeated the Portland Timbers 2-0 on Saturday to secure the 2018 MLS Cup, giving the city it’s first professional sports champion since the ’95 Braves.

Atlanta struck first in the 39th minute when MLS MVP Josef Martinez pounced on a loose ball in the Portland box, dribbled past the goalkeeper and scored the opening goal of the match.

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The boxing legend Muhammad Ali only had one way to describe Macon superstar Little Richard: "the King."

Little Richard, who turns 86 years old this week, captivated music fans for years with hits like ‘Long, Tall Sally,' 'Tutti Frutti' and 'Good Golly Miss Molly'

 

 

 


In September, The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics in Hephzibah came under national scrutiny when it decided to reinstate paddling as a punishment.

The practice of paddling is still legal in Georgia and 19 other states, although it hasn’t been used widely for years.

 


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Industry analysts say consumers spent just over $74 billion on coffee in 2015. The average amount people spend on cups of coffee is around $21 per week.

Three men from Atlanta are working to get a piece of this lucrative industry and put the city on the map as a coffee mecca.

 

GPB’s Leah Fleming traveled to Rosie’s Coffee Cafe to meet the entrepreneurs who created the Historic Noir Coffee Group.

 


The Atlanta City Council has unanimously approved new parking rules to regulate the booting industry.

 

The push to reform Atlanta's booting practices was kickstarted last month, when a driver was shot in the leg by a booting company employee after an argument.

 

GPB's Leah Fleming spoke with the AJC's Chris Joyner before Monday's vote to learn more about the incident.

 

 

 

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Elton John, one of the most prolific musicians and composers of the past 50 years, will perform in Atlanta for the last time this weekend.

 

 


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This week, the Atlanta City Council held a ceremony to honor the late Ivory Lee Young Jr., who died last week at the age of 56 after a battle with cancer.  

 

In the council chambers on Monday, Young’s seat was draped in black with the straw hat he used to wear sitting on the desk.

 

He served four terms as a councilman for West Atlanta, starting in 2002.  

 

 


November 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a time where people across the world remember those who were killed because of their gender identity.

 

 


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The Singing Brothers of Stilwell are a collection of students from the Martha E. Stilwell School of the Arts in Jonesboro.  

 

 


Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political experts to give listeners a better idea about the elections that could shape their lives.

Today's episode offers some helpful reminders for Georgians voting today:

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The Jewish community in Georgia and across the nation is inviting people to attend Shabbat services this weekend.

Saturday marks one week since the tragic shooting in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 worshippers were killed by a lone gunman.

#ShowUpForShabbat is the social media push behind this initiative, which invites non-Jews to visit synagogues on Friday and Saturday as a show of solidarity and to learn about the Jewish faith.  


If you've already voted early in Georgia, you might have noticed that Republican candidates are listed first on the ballot, even in races without an incumbent.  

 

During the 2016 presidential election, Georgia’s ballots also listed Republican candidates above all others.

 

Even if you've never considered it, researchers say candidate order can still have an unconscious effect on the way we vote.

 

 


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Baba Oje, the spiritual elder to the Atlanta based hip-hop group Arrested Development, has died at the age of 86.

 

Oje was lovingly referred to as the oldest man in hip hop.

 

 


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This summer, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian came under fire for using the 'R-word' during an Instagram live stream.  

 

Although she quickly apologized for the incident, Khloe is just of one of several celebs who have found themselves in trouble for using outdated terms that were once widely used.

 

From gay, queer, the 'R-word' and the 'N-word', what words are off limits and which words are taking on a new meaning?

 

 


With seven days remaining before Georgia's midterm elections, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the issues on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote on these topics. 

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB Atlanta host Leah Fleming examines some of the offices and issues surrounding the November elections. 

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People across Georgia are continuing to grieve after a gunman walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, opening fire on the congregation, killing 11 and wounding others.

For members of Atlanta’s Jewish community, this is especially hard because several have ties to Pittsburgh.

 

That includes Eric Robbins, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

 

 


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On Tuesday, the American Association of University Women released a new report on the state of the gender pay gap.

The group says women miss out on roughly 500 billion dollars each year and are paid only 80 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts.

 

 


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This month, schools in Gwinnett county started a girls flag football league, in partnership with the Atlanta Falcons.  

 

It’s the first such program in the state, and organizers hope to grow the program to other Georgia counties.

Besides the high school students who are looking forward to the new opportunity, one woman excited about the league is Jen Welter.

 

 


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On Monday, the City of Atlanta agreed to a $1.2 million settlement with former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired after he wrote a book that compared homosexuality to bestiality.

In 2013, while serving as fire chief, Cochran wrote and distributed a religious book, "Who Told You That You Were Naked," which called homosexuality "vulgar" and a "perversion."

He was then suspended and fired in 2015.

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