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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Across the nation, many in the Christian community are discussing the relationship between the Bible and sexual identity.

 

Here in Atlanta, Jamal Bryant is the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. He has compared being gay to drug addiction and referred to homosexuality as a “rebellion” against God.

 

And in Norcross, David Berzins is pastor of Strong Hold Baptist Church. Berzins has repeatedly spoken out against the LGBT community, even saying that homosexuals "deserve the death penalty."

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The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is in full swing this month with screenings throughout the city.

One of the films on display is the documentary "93QUEEN," the story of a group of Hasidic women in Brooklyn, New York who defied traditional gender roles and formed a volunteer EMT group.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is considering a potential run for Senate in 2020 against Republican incumbent David Perdue.

Abrams, who gave the Democratic response to the president's State of the Union address earlier this month, has continued to push for what she calls a "fair voting system" in Georgia.  


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The state of Georgia was well represented during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Stone Mountain native Childish Gambino (a.k.a Donald Glover) earned Record of the Year and Song of the Year honors for his smash hit "This is America," the first time a rap song has won in those two categories in Grammy history.

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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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