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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Morehouse School of Medicine

Several state agencies are looking for ways to comply with a recent order from Gov. Brian Kemp to slash budgets by 4% this fiscal year and another 6% the following year.

 

The Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta is one of the institutions being affected by budget cuts. 

 

 


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For decades, the "Buy Black" movement has been encouraging people to support minority owned businesses by spending cash within the community, going all the way back to activists like Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey. 

 

According to recent data, women of color have been opening businesses at a rapidly growing pace, up 163% since 2007.

 

 


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State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia broke records again in August, posting all-time highs in jobs and employment. 

 

The state also added to its labor force for the first time in six months and saw new unemployment claims fall. 

 

Currently, Georgia's workforce sits at 5.1 million people. The total number of unemployment claims filed in August fell by 32% compared to July.

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The Atlanta Falcons picked up their first win of the season Sunday, beating the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 24 to 20. 

 

Julio Jones was the hero of the evening, catching two touchdown passes, including the game winning score in the final minutes of the contest.

 

 


Trisha Yearwood

Grammy Award-winning artist and Monticello, Georgia, native Trisha Yearwood is returning to the country music scene with a new album, titled Every Girl.

The accompanying single, "Every Girl In This Town," is an empowering love letter to girls and women of every description. 


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Some of the most popular artists in the country will be in Atlanta's Piedmont Park this weekend for Music Midtown.

 

Travis Scott will be one of the headliners on Sunday, along with Vampire Weekend and Billie Eilish.

 

Cardi B. and Panic! At The Disco will be featured on Saturday. 

 

CLICK: Full schedule for Music Midtown 2019

 

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The family of a Georgia Tech student who was shot and killed by a campus police officer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The suit also names the university and the Georgia Board of Regents. 


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Today’s music minute features one of the original dirty south rappers, Atlanta's own Ludacris.

 

Born Christopher Bridges on this day in 1977, Ludacris has carved out a storied career that includes multiple hit songs, Grammys, and acting roles.

 

 


@USCGSoutheast

The U.S. Coast Guard says rescuers are still searching for the remaining four crew members of a cargo ship that overturned near St. Simons Island Sunday.

Twenty people have already been rescued.

Reverb Nation

This week, the rap community is mourning the loss of Cutty Cartel, who made up one-third of the Atlanta hip-hop group Jim Crow.

 

Cartel, born Ricardo Lewis, died at the age of 44 last Friday in Atlanta after suffering cardiac arrest. 

 

 


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NPR correspondant Sam Sanders is bringing his show 'It's Been A Minute' To GPB's Saturday afternoon lineup. 


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As Hurricane Dorian moves toward the Carolinas and away from the Georgia coast, it seems the state was spared the worst of the storm.

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The city of Smyrna voted unanimously on Tuesday to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

 

The ordinance, introduced by Councilman Tim Gould,  prohibits people under the age of 21 from buying or possessing tobacco products and electronic smoking devices.

 

 


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ORIGINALLY AIRED FEB. 4, 2019:

 

It's been 64 years since 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi.

 

Till 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 1960s.

 


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An emergency response team was dispatched Tuesday to the Sterigenics plant in Cobb County to investigate reports of a toxic gas leak that forced employees to evacuate the facility last month.

 

The gas leak occurred in the early morning of July 31, just hours after a community meeting was held to address emissions concerns in Smyrna, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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For generations, Forsyth County, which is north of Atlanta, was a predominantly white area that actively sought to keep other races away. 

 

One of the most infamous incidents in 1912, when over 1,000 black residents were driven out of the county after an unsolved crime was blamed on a black man named Rob Edwards, who was lynched. 

 

But, these days, Forsyth is growing more diverse.

 

 


The Bash

The daily news cycle can be incredibly draining, with shootings, political drama, and social upheaval bombarding our social media timelines. 

 

From time to time, the best solution may be to take a step back and enjoy a laugh, whether it be watching a comedian’s special or going down to your local comedy club.

 

 


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Churches, synagogues, temples and mosques are all places of worship where people go to pray and find peace.  

But as we’ve seen in places like Charleston and Pittsburgh, even those spaces are not safe from gunfire and hatred.

Greenforest Community Baptist Church in East Atlanta is just one of the places preparing for a potential mass shooting. 


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Five Democratic presidential candidates, 5,000 black millennials, and church leaders from around the country are in Atlanta this week for the Young Leaders Conference.

 

They’ll cover everything from diversity in politics to gun violence, mass incarceration and immigration. 

 

 


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Originally aired on August 21, 2018:

 

This Saturday, thousands of Muslims across Georgia will begin observing one of the most holy days in the religion of Islam.

 

Eid al-Adha is known as the "Festival of Sacrifice" in Islam, commemorating the prophet Abraham and the sacrifice he promised to God.

 

 


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Spc. Tori Miller / U.S. Army National Guard

Gov. Brian Kemp is telling agencies around the state to prepare for spending cuts.

In a letter on Tuesday, Kemp directed government agencies to develop budget proposals with a 4% spending reduction this fiscal year, ending in June of 2020, and a 6% cut in fiscal year 2021, beginning July of next year.


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Two former NFL players with ties to Georgia were inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend in Canton, Ohio.

(L) Georgia Silk /Life Magazine / (R) Beth Cogswell/The National Portrait Gallery

Saturday morning, 44 baseball prospects from around the country will take the field at SunTrust Park as part of the first ever Hank Aaron Invitational showcase game. 

 

The event is part of a week long celebration of the Braves’ legend, known as Hank Aaron Week.

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In today’s music minute, we’re looking back to 1979, when Charlie Daniel's hit song “The Devil Came Down To Georgia” was playing on car radios and at family barbecues around the country.  

 

 


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The Atlanta Falcons will play Thursday night in the first matchup of the NFL preseason, known as the 'Hall of Fame’ game.

 

After Atlanta played host to Super Bowl 53 in February, the Falcons will kick off the 2019 preseason in Canton, Ohio, against the Denver Broncos.

 


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Atlanta native Zac Brown of the critically acclaimed Zac Brown Band is celebrating his 41st birthday on Wednesday while his group continues its current tour.

 

The song, “Leaving Love Behind", will be featured on the group’s upcoming album, The Owl

 

 


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For many kids, summer reading has taken up a big chunk of their vacation.

 

But for second-grader Nicholas Buamah of Snellville, people all across the country are busy reading his book.

 

Nicholas, who is 8 years old, is the author of "Kayla & Kyle The Walking Dictionaries: Election Day," which came out last year.

 

 

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Georgia added more than 20,000 jobs in June, pushing the state to a new record high.

According to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, Georgia currently has more than 4.6 million jobs.

“The numbers for June are very impressive,” Butler said. “We set yet another record for jobs, fewer people filed unemployment claims and our number of employed residents is climbing. There’s plenty to be encouraged about in the June report.”

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The state’s economy has grown to be the ninth largest in the country. 

 

But not everyone in Georgia is enjoying economic prosperity.  

 

Take Athens-Clarke County, where 1 in 4 children live in poverty and over 28% of the population is poor. 

 

 


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