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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Carolyn Bordeaux, John Eaves, Renee Unterman.

 

These are just a few of the high profile names running for Congress in a red hot part of metro Atlanta.

 

Georgia's 7th Congressional District includes large sections of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.

 

Republican Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) retained the seat last November by a only a few hundred votes, staving off a challenge from Bourdeaux.


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The Atlanta City Council has passed a ban on smoking and vaping at the world's busiest airport, as well as a number of public places.

Councilmembers Andre Dickens and Matt Westmoreland spearheaded the proposal, which passed by a majority vote on Monday.

The ordinance bans smoking at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, which will shutter the smoking rooms inside the airport, as well as the indoor areas of most bars and restaurants.

 

 


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The past year has been a whirlwind for state Sen. Nikema Williams.

 

In November, she was re-elected to her post in Atlanta-based Senate District 39.

 

But later that month, she and 14 others were arrested during a protest in the Capitol rotunda demanding that every vote be counted in the gubernatorial race between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams.

 

 


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We are halfway through the year and it has been a busy one in Georgia politics. 

 

So far, many political issues have been highlighted, including a controversial abortion bill, new voting machines and multiple visits from presidential candidates.

 

GPB's Stephen Fowler sat down with Morning Edition host Leah Fleming to recap all the action as we enter the second half of 2019.

 

 


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The month of June is full of festivals, celebrating all kinds of heritage. 

 

Besides Pride, it's also Caribbean Heritage Month.

 

Atlanta has one of the largest contingents of U.S. Virgin Islanders living on the U.S. mainland.

 


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There has been a huge push to end the stigma, the bigotry and intolerance surrounding the LGBT+ community.  

 

But despite that, for many people who identify as LGBT+, there are still  experiences and memories of discrimination, violence and familial rejection which are recognized as significant factors contributing to mental health concerns.

 

This month, communities all across the state are celebrating a holiday known as Juneteenth.

 

On this day in 1865, more than 250,000 slaves in Texas were told about their freedom two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

 

In 2011, Georgia became the 37th state to recognize Juneteenth.

 

 


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This week, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta will host the ‘Ending Mass Incarceration’ Conference.


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The federal government will not be opening a facility to house migrant children in Georgia after initially considering the state.

 

Fort Benning, near Columbus, was one of several potential sites that federal officials toured last week in the search for more space to house unaccompanied migrant children.

 

 


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The city of Dunwoody is still struggling with slow ambulance response times.

 

Records show an upward trend in response times to life threatening calls over the past four months in Dunwoody.

 

This comes a year after the metro Atlanta suburb declared an "EMS State of Emergency."

 

 


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A major campaign is underway to stop human trafficking in Georgia.

 

First lady Marty Kemp is the co-chair of the newly formed Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion and Education, or GRACE, commission.

 

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  • Number Of Insured Childrens Declines By Almost One Million, Including In Georgia


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Tuesday’s forecast is calling for another hot day after record breaking temperatures swept across Georgia over the holiday weekend.

Forecasters say the heatwave is expected to continue in the state over the next few days as part of a larger warm up across the Southeast.

 

 

 

Savannah reached 100 degrees on Saturday, tying a record and marking the city's earliest triple-degree day since 1953.

 

Atlanta also set temperature records on Saturday and Sunday.

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Madam C.J. Walker died 100 years ago this month.

In the early 20th century, she cemented her legacy by creating a hair salve designed for African American women. Her contributions to black beauty products are still felt in Georgia and across the country. 

GPB's Morning Edition host Leah Fleming spoke with Walker's great-granddaughter, A'lelia Bundles. Bundles is also a black hair and journalist. 


As thousands of people prepare to travel during Memorial Day weekend, the world's busiest airport is preparing for major congestion.

 

The travel period begins Thursday and runs through Tuesday, May 28.

At a recent press conference at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, TSA spokesperson Mary Leftridge Byrd estimated that 87,000 people will be traveling on Thursday.

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As health officials across the country continue to fight a growing measles outbreak, Clayton County is among the places that the disease might spread quickest.

That's according to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancent Infectious Diseases

The study lists Clayton County among the 25 U.S. counties with the highest risk of an outbreak.

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Right now, some of the country’s top schools have a diversity problem.

 

According to recent data, more than 50% of students accepted to Ivy League schools are white, while black students make up just 11% of the student body.

 

 


  • Fulton County Commissioner Emma Darnell Dies At Age 84
  • More Gnats Could Be Headed To North Georgia This Season
  • Atlanta United Wins 3-0 Against Sporting KC On The Road


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The state of Georgia has executed a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago.

 

Scotty Morrow was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m. on Thursday night after receiving a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson.

 

 


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This weekend, it's all about the hats, the horses and the bourbon.

On Saturday, the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Lousville will take place.

Whether you'll be at the race itself or here in Atlanta watching on TV, many people will be sipping on a mint julep.


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This weekend, 20 of the world’s best equestrian athletes will compete in the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.

The derby, which is known as ‘the fastest two minutes in sports', will take place in Louisville on Saturday.

 

 


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The Atlanta Falcons added much needed depth to their offensive line with a pair of selections in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night.

 

With the 14th overall selection, the team drafted offensive lineman Chris Lindstrom from Boston College.

 

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  • President Trump Speaks At Prescription Drug Conference In Atlanta
  • Falcons Have 14th Overall Selection In Tonight's NFL Draft


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On the southwest side of Atlanta sits a small, blue house with big dreams. It’s a place that is providing a second chance for people, and now, for felines.

 

The Perkerson House has been offering transitional housing for humans since 2010.

 

 


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On the first Saturday of May, mint juleps will flow, hats will take center stage and the horses will run in the Kentucky Derby, a horse race held annually in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Here in Atlanta, people will gather at the Georgia World Congress Center to celebrate the Derby.  

 

 


 

Atlanta residents on the Westside elected Antonio Brown to be their new city councilman during a runoff on Tuesday night.

Brown, a 34-year-old businessman, defeated former Atlanta Public Schools board member Byron Amos in the runoff for the District 3 post.

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A runoff to decide the vacant District 3 seat on the Atlanta City Council will take place Tuesday.

Byron Amos and Antonio Brown are the candidates vying to replace the late Ivory Lee Young Jr., who died in November after a battle with cancer.

 

 

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As golf fans head home, Augusta is still buzzing from the energy of Tiger Woods, who won his fifth Masters on Sunday.

It’s been over a decade since Tiger won a green jacket, the ceremonial garb given to the tournament’s champion every year.

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The Masters, one of golf's most prestigious events, tees off this morning at Augusta National Golf Club.

 

Defending champion Patrick Reed will be looking to earn his second green jacket, the treasured prize bestowed on every Masters winner.

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The first ever Augusta National Women’s Amateur Tournament ended this weekend with Wake Forest senior Jennifer Kupcho coming out on top.

 

Kupcho bested 71 other golfers to win the tournament, finishing 10 strokes under par to close out the event on Saturday.

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