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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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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  • 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.

25 years ago, in April of 1994, the country of Rwanda was embroiled in a genocide.

Led by the Hutu majority government, an estimated 800,000 members of the Tutsi ethnic group were murdered.

 


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Just about everyone knows someone who is or has been affected by cancer.   

 

According to the American Cancer Society, this year over 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States.  

 

People of color,  particularly African Americans, are more likely to die from cancer when compared to any other ethnic group in the U.S.

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Museums that hold the history of our collective past are having a renewed moment right now.  

 

As the country and the world grapples with a rise in white supremacy, xenophobia, racist rhetoric, and mass killing, people are flocking to museums for guidance and reassurance.

 

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta is one such place.

 

 


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Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta is nearly a distant memory, but the promise of making money during that big week is leaving some businesses wondering how they missed out.

Down the street from Mercedes Benz Stadium, artist and entrepreneur Miya Bailey says he didn’t make any extra money from the big game.

 

But Bailey, who lives in Castleberry Hill,  isn't waiting for anyone else to revitalize his neighborhood.

 

 


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If you have an emergency and need to call 9-1-1, how soon do you want to help to arrive? ASAP is likely your answer.

 

In the city of Dunwoody, ambulance response times were a hotly contested subject last spring after a number of calls were not handled promptly.

 

 


Atlanta United forwards Josef Martinez and Hector "Tito" Villabla try to get past Monterrey defenders during an Atlanta corner kick.
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Atlanta United may have pulled off a victory Wednesday night, but it was not enough to carry the team into the next round of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament. 

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The Atlanta Legends are the city’s newest football team, one of eight franchises that make up the Alliance of American Football, which debuted last month.

The AAF is trying to succeed where others have failed: by creating a successful spring league for players who are looking for a second chance.

 

 


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Atlanta United played their first home game of the MLS season on Sunday, drawing with FC Cincinnati by a score of 1-1.

Atlanta started the game with a goal by MVP Josef Martinez, his first of the season.

But after holding the lead for 80 minutes, Atlanta gave up the tying score to expansion team FC Cincinnati, which was only playing its second game in Major League Soccer.

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Atlanta United suffered a 3-0 defeat in Mexico on Wednesday in their first game against Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

United went down early in the match, at the 15-minute mark, after a foul in the penalty box set up a Nicolas Sanchez goal that put Monterrey ahead for good.

 

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A legal advocacy group says judges in Atlanta are illegally imposing sentences on poor people that require them to pay a set fine or spend time in jail.

The Southern Center for Human Rights says the Atlanta Municipal court is imposing "pay or jail" sentences on the homeless, which they say violates the U.S. Constitution.

 

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One of NPR's most popular shows, "Snap Judgment," is coming to Atlanta for a live performance at Atlanta Symphony Hall on March 30.

Glynn Washington has hosted the program since it debuted in 2010. The show's goal is to share "stories with a beat" from around the world.


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When you hear the name Rosa Parks, you probably flash back to your black history month education.

 

She's often credited as the woman who refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, leading to a series of boycotts.

But before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin.  

 

 


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This week, GPB's Morning Edition is looking back at the legacy of Rosa Parks and the other women that made her famous act of social defiance possible.

 

But today, we’re highlighting a controversial song that put Parks at odds with one of Atlanta’s most famous music acts.

 

 


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Georgia lawmakers have removed a proposal that would have added a state tax to Netflix and other streaming video services.

The sales tax on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu would have been used to help fund internet expansion in rural parts of the state.

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Atlanta was well represented during the 2019 Oscars on Sunday,  both in the nominations and on stage.

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On Sunday, the 2019 Oscars will honor the best films of the past year.

 

Atlanta and Georgia will be well represented in the nominations and on stage, with films like "Black Panther," "The Avengers" and "First Man" all receiving nominations after filming in the state.

 

 


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Atlanta United lost their first game in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament in Costa Rica on Thursday by a score of 3 to 1 against Herediano.

United were the favorites entering the match, but costly mistakes repeatedly hurt Atlanta and led to easy goals for the Costa Rican club.

As you look back over the black history education you received in your childhood, you definitely heard about Dr. Martin Luther King and his movement of non-violent protest.  

 

 

But that wasn't case for every freedom fighter during the civil rights movement. Instead of turning the other cheek, some people were hiding guns in the countryside in case they had to literally shoot back.

 

 


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