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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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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With just weeks remaining before Georgia's midterm elections, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.

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On Sunday, thousands of people will march in the 48th annual Pride Parade in Atlanta.

 

Pride has come a long way over the years in Atlanta and across the country.

 

Nowadays, there’s no shortage of TV shows and entertainment that focuses on LGBT life, shows like "Queer Eye," "Ru Paul’s Drag Race" and "The L Word."

 

But before all those shows, back in 1999, there was "Out TV Atlanta."

 

 


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A historic hurricane ripped through Florida's Panhandle and into southwest Georgia late Wednesday, killing two people in its path.

Gov. Nathan Deal held a news conference online at 10:30 a.m.

HELP AVAILABLE: Hurricane Michael Federal Resources Available In Southwest Georgia

President Donald J. Trump declared a state of emergency in Georgia and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts. FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.

Michael is now a tropical storm near the Georgia/South Carolina border.  Strong winds, heavy rain, and tornadoes are expected across portions of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina today.
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Officials in Seminole County say what is now Tropical Storm Michael is responsible for the death of an 11-year-old girl.


With less than a month remaining before Georgia's midterm elections, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.

 


Left: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during a town hall event, in Natick, Mass. Right: Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a rally in Orlando, Fla.
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The two candidates competing to become Georgia’s next governor will both receive campaign help from out of state on Tuesday.

 

Democrat Stacey Abrams will host an event at Clayton State University featuring U.S. senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Massachusetts congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley.

 

Pressley grabbed national headlines when she upset 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in the democratic primary last month.

Running unopposed, Pressley is set to become the first black congresswoman to represent her state.

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The Atlanta Hawks begin training camp this week ahead of the upcoming NBA season, and they'll be doing so with the oldest player in the league on their roster.

 

At 41 years of age, Vince Carter is the oldest active player in the NBA on a team with many young players and new faces. He spoke Monday about his role at a media event held at Emory's Sports Medicine Complex.

 

 


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As Georgia's November midterm elections steadily approach, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB-Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.

This week, we examine the role of the Lieutenant Governor in Georgia, a seperate election from the nationally scrutinized Governor's race. 

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The National Weather Service says Georgia will be spared the worst of Florence, which was downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday morning. 

As Georgia's November midterm elections steadily approach, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB-Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.


This weekend, thousands of music fans will gather at Central Park in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward to attend ONE Musicfest.

 

Organizers say it’s the Southeast’s largest two-day, urban progressive music festival.

 

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Afua Richardson is an artist, musician, and performer who will be attending DragonCon in Atlanta this week.

She's one of the artists behind the World of Wakanda comic book series.

 

Afua is also working on a graphic novel that details the early life and work of civil rights icon and U.S. Representative John Lewis of Atlanta, titled 'RUN.'

 

 


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Earlier this week, prisoners in Georgia and 16 other states went on strike to protest what they call modern day slavery within the prison system.

Back in the 1970s, another prison movement started in the month of August.

It became known as Black August, a time to acknowledge the political struggles of African American prisoners.

Atlanta is home to one of the largest Muslim proportions in the country, according to the Pew Research Center.

This week, starting on Monday, thousands of Muslims across the metro area will observe 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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Orchestras in America are continuing to struggle with the issue of diversity.

 

According to an industry-wide study in 2016, black musicians make up less than two percent of orchestras across the country. For hispanic performers, that number is less than three percent.

 

And many leadership positions, like conductors and board members, remain predominantly white.

 

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program is hoping to reverse this trend.


For years, Ryan Cameron was one of the signature voices of Atlanta.

 

Born and bred in the city, Ryan enjoyed a long career in radio. He hosted morning shows on several local stations, including V-103.

 

 


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Today’s music minute features the man who’s been performing for more than 60 years under the name Tony Bennett.  

 

‘Stepping Out With My Baby’ is one of many signature hits written by the 19-time Grammy Award winning artist.


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The National Association of Collegiate eSports is holding its first annual conference at Georgia State University this week.

 

Baseball, basketball, and especially football dominate high school sports in Georgia.

 

Now, there’s a new option for students across the state.

 


Today, we’ll hear from three artists who have addressed the issue of mental illness in their music.

 

Many rap musicians have been reluctant to speak out due to the stigma, but these artists broke the silence.


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