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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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 1960s.

 

 


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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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State Sen. Brandon Beach has declared himself a candidate in the 2020 race for U.S. House of Representatives, challenging incumbent Lucy McBath just months after McBath flipped Georgia’s 6th Congressional District from Republican to Democratic control.

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On Monday, the nation will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

But today, we remember the woman who inspired one of the most powerful protest anthems of the Civil Rights movement.

  


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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