Trevor Young

Associate Producer

Trevor Young currently works as a Reporting Fellow at Georgia Public Broadcasting. There he produces stories which reflect the unique and always exciting culture of Atlanta. He has been heard on NPR numerous times, and his stories air throughout the week on GPB's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.


An Austin, Texas native, Trevor has always been a sibling to all forms of music. He has been performing and attending live performances since he was 11 years old. He attended the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and graduated from the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. 


In his free time, Trevor likes to take extended bike rides and practice his bass. Always an old soul, his favorite bands will forever be Rush, Pink Floyd and Genesis.


He hopes to use his journalism to bring awareness to the things he finds crucial, including new music, progressive education, the consequences of institutional poverty, and the need to build healthy minds and bodies.

Ways to Connect

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The Breakroom returns with a week’s worth of crazy news to discuss. We’ll talk about why Democrats are meeting in Atlanta to elect a leader, and what it was about Milo Yiannopoulos’ recent controversy that tipped conservatives over the edge. Plus, we’ll look at research which show dogs have their own sense of morality, and another study which finds people who move around a lot lose out on friendships.

Our group this week includes:

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The Georgia Senate is one of  26 chambers in the nation that does not offer video streaming of committee meetings. Lawmakers often bar reporters and citizens from observing, and they don’t want other lawmakers recording the proceedings.

The Rocketeer / Foter

The Georgia Peach might well be the most iconic fruit to symbolize Georgia. You see it on license plates, billboards, and even government documents. But the peach is actually rare to Georgia, and not native to our agricultural climate.

Tom Okie is an Assistant Professor of History Education at Kennesaw State University. His new book, called “The Georgia Peach: Culture, Agriculture, and Environment in the American South,” explores the odd history of the fruit.

When you think of a fictional "hero," you might picture a strong, capable character. Someone who exudes confidence and is revered by those around them. But the heroes of Yiddish literature are very different.

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In 1967, the first African-American students were admitted to the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Joseph Hobbs, one of the first black students to graduate, was the first black faculty member at the school.

Doctor Hobbs is now Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, and is organizing the 50th anniversary of desegregation at that college. He joins us from Augusta to discuss decades of work in elevating African-American doctors at the school.

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Author and former Atlanta Police Officer Trudy Nan Boyce published her first novel, “Out of the Blues,” last year. That story follows the detective work of Sarah Alt--a.k.a “Salt”--as she investigates often gruesome crimes in the Atlanta area.

The second installment of Detective Salt’s story, called “Old Bones,” follows the fictional shooting of students at Spelman College. That book hits shelves February 21. Author Trudy Nan Boyce join us to discuss her new novel.

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost Georgia more than $20 million a year. It would also cost the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly $900 million—12 percent of the agency’s budget.

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The Breakroom gang is back, and we’ve got a lot to talk about. We’ll discuss whether Super Bowl performances by Lady Gaga and The Schuyler Sisters need really be controversial. Plus, we’ll look at why the online dictionary is going viral, and how social media sites are stepping up to combat fake news. 

The Breakroom for today is:

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Actor George Takei first warp sped to fame as a young Sulu in the original "Star Trek" series. But he’s since become an active voice in promoting equal rights for LGBT people.

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Author Sheri Riley began her professional life at a record label in Atlanta. As marketing director at LaFace Records, she helped put numerous hip hop artists on the map -- TLC, Toni Braxton, and Usher, to name a few. But Sheri gave all that up to research and write about healthy lifestyles. She joins us to talk about her new book, “Exponential Living,” which comes out this week.

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The battle for equal rights in America has centered around many modes of transportation--buses, trains, and streetcars for example. But one more form of travel should be added to that list: Airplanes. That’s the assertion of a new book from UGA Press called “Jim Crow Terminals: The Desegregation of American Airports.” The book covers the largely undocumented segregation at Southern airports in the 20th century. With us to discuss this is the author, Anke Ortlepp. She’s a Professor of North American and British History at the University of Kassel in Germany.

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A new report from housing site Trulia suggests house flipping activity has increased to the highest in a decade in 2016, with the Atlanta metro area ranking eighth in the country. They find that in 2016, 7.9 percent of all home sales in Atlanta were house flips, a modest 0.6 percent jump from the year before. We speak with Ralph McLaughlin, Chief Economist for Trulia, about these findings.

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Reverend Kim Sorrells grew up in conservative Alabama, and is now based in Atlanta. When Sorrells was in seminary, they, Sorrells' preferred pronoun, decided to transition to become gender-queer. Sorrells still faces daily struggles in reconciling Sorrells' identity with religious colleagues. We hear Sorrells' story, and a plight for a broader understanding of transgender individuals. 

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Atlanta has seen a striking number of attacks by loose dogs in recent weeks. One such attack resulted in the death of a 6-year-old boy in southwest Atlanta. We talk about these events with Ellen Eldridge, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. We also discuss how this may or may not affect the animal laws in the state with Jessica Rock, a Founding Partner at Animal Law Source.

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Under a new, conservative administration, rights for LGBT individuals and families may come under threat. We discuss the status of current state and federal rights for LGBT citizens, and look at what battles might be ahead. With us is Atlanta-based LGBT activist Robbie Medwed, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Reporter Kristina Torres, and Lila Bradley, family law attorney at Claiborne Fox Bradley LLC.

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When you watch any high-profile awards ceremony, like the Oscars or the Emmys, you go in knowing a lot of it will be Hollywood fluff. But at least with those, you’re fairly confident that quality films and TV will be recognized.



That, unfortunately, is not the case with the Grammys. While the Emmys, for example, have rightfully helped put series like "Breaking Bad" or "Game of Thrones" in the history books of quality shows, the Grammys tend to write the wrong history.

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The Breakroom is back, and there’s plenty to talk about. We’ll discuss the firing of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, and if she has a place in Georgia politics. Then, we look at stories surrounding the Atlanta Falcons, including their increased national popularity and alleged overuse of painkillers. We’ll also see if classic movie reboots are any good, and we'll put to bed the debate whether Jack could’ve survived in “Titanic."

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Doctor Tom Frieden was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Following President Trump’s inauguration two weeks ago, Frieden stepped down from the CDC. Tom Frieden joins us to talk about his work with the CDC, and what he hopes to see happen there moving forward.

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New legislation has passed the Georgia Senate which would allow local breweries to sell beer directly to consumers. The bill would do away with the current need to sell beer through tour packages. We talk with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin, and Andrew Lorber, brewer and co-founder of Orpheus Brewing in Atlanta.


Following the success of its first online master’s degree program, this fall Georgia Tech will offer a second online master’s degree program in analytics. The cost for the degree is less than $10,000, a new investment in the institute’s model for low-cost, online graduate education. We talk with Nelson Baker, Dean of Professional Education, about what the program hopes to achieve.



Kate T. Parker

The role of a female photographer is especially important in an age when women are often depicted in superficial or sexualized ways. Many women in the photography industry are trying to change that, including Kate Parker, whose new book, “Strong is the New Pretty,” depicts girls as unique and capable, rather than simply primped and stereotypically pretty.

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"Fallen Land," a recent novel by writer and Georgia native Taylor Brown, depicts a couple fleeing a band of marauders in the final year of the Civil War. The book has been named one of Southern Living’s Best Books of 2016. Brown joins us to talk about his fiction and how it ties in to Georgia history.

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Casino gambling legislation was introduced in both the State House and Senate last week. Sponsors say they will provide jobs and bring tax revenue to local governments. Opponents say the casinos will bring crime and other issues. To discuss these concerns, we talk with Allan Vella, CEO of the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

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A recent lawsuit by dancers at the Cheetah nightclub in Atlanta alleges multiple women were subject to sexual misconduct behind closed doors. Physical abuse, groping, and even rape were among the claims of the dancers. The strip club vehemently denies any such allegations. We talk to Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Chris Joyner about how this lawsuit challenges the status quo of the industry.

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There is a renewed effort to revitalize communities in West Atlanta--such as ‘The Bluff,’ or Vine City. In the shadow of the new home of the Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Blue Seas Restaurant provides healthy, affordable food, as well as jobs to folks in the neighborhood. But it’s more than a restaurant. It also unites Christians, Muslims, and community members in one place.

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As part of the Telfair Museum’s growing contemporary art program, the Savannah gallery will showcase the largest exhibition of work by Chicago-based artist Nick Cave ever presented in Georgia, including work shown in the Southeast for the first time. 

Cave is best known for his "Soundsuits" -- “made of collected, found, and repurposed materials such as yarn, children’s toys, human hair, baskets, sequins, and buttons.” He joins us to talk about "Soundsuits" and the deeper meaning he embeds in his works.

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A lawsuit filed by non-profit The Praxis Project directed at Atlanta-based Coca-Cola alleges the company uses deceptive advertising to entice children. Furthermore, Praxis suggests the advertising is responsible for an increase in children's health problems. We talk to Jenny Kaplan, a Bloomberg reporter, to discuss the implications of this lawsuit.

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The buzz over who would perform at Donald Trump’s Inauguration has garnered a huge portion of the news surrounding the ceremony. Musicians like Elton John, The Beach Boys, and 2 Chainz were reportedly asked to perform, but declined. Still, many musicians were eager to play at such an event--the final line-up includes Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down.

What The Future Holds For Abortion Laws

Jan 18, 2017
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The abortion debate has been waged in the courts and in society for decades. It seeks to balance the rights of women seeking abortions against the rights of a fetus. One side believes in the sanctity of all life. The other side believes in reproductive freedom, that women should have control over their bodies. Is this a moral, ethical or legal question? Emory University Law Professor Michael Perry join us to discuss the law as it relates to reproductive rights.

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Nearly 96 percent of counties in the Midwest and South have no abortion provider, compared with 80 percent of counties in the rest of the country which have none. Those numbers come from the Trust Women clinic in Wichita, Kansas. It was founded in 2013--the only such clinic within a 200-mile radius. 

We talk with Trust Women CEO and Founder Julie Burkhart, who describes the challenges she faced opening two new clinics.