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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Voter suppression and intimidation is a very real issue in Georgia. We talk with Kristina Torres of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the most recent and shocking examples from across the state. We also bring on University of Georgia Professor Charles Bullock to provide context and discuss the implications of voter intimidation.

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Can it be true? It turns out you might be paying more for utilities than your friends living in other cities. That is the conclusion of housing website Trulia, which found the median cost of annual utilities in metro Atlanta to be $4,353.

Trulia's Felipe Chacon joins us to discuss the reality and implications of Atlanta's hidden - and incredibly high - utility costs.

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Following the success of his second novel, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," in 2005, Jonathan Safran Foer strayed away from fiction. Instead, he decided to focus on his new family and wrote the successful nonfiction work "Eating Animals," an exploration focused on vegetarianism.

Now, 11 years later, Foer has released his newest work entitled"Here I Am." The novel centers around a Jewish family as they struggle with individual crises of identity and morality. He joined us in the studio to discuss the book and its many themes.

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Indie musician Kishi Bashi boasts an impressive resume. He's performed violin on stage with Regina Spektor and Athens psychedelic group Of Montreal. 

His real name is Kaoru Ishibashi, but in 2011 he adopted the pseudonym 'Kishi Bashi' and launched his own solo career. His first two albums were largely violin centric. On his album "151a" (pronounced Ichi-Go-Ichi-Eh), violin looping and vocal effects dominate the tracks.

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The Masquerade is moving soon. The beloved music venue is hailed as an Atlanta institution. Needless to say, many are sad to see "The Masq" go. 

We visit the Masquerade's longtime home on North Avenue to hear memories and somber feelings about its departure.

If you've ever had a memorable experience at the Masquerade, we'd love to hear it. Give us a ring at 404-500-9457 or post your stories to our Facebook page.

Telling Georgia Ghost Stories

Oct 31, 2016
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For some, Halloween is about more than just candy and dressing up. It’s a day to think seriously about what scares us. Many of Georgia’s historic sites are also places where sightings of ghosts and apparitions have been reported. We share some real-life ghost stories from some of the most notoriously haunted spots in the state.

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Mike Mills is a music legend. In 1980, Mills co-founded Athens-based R.E.M. They disbanded in 2011. Today, Mills is performing with his childhood friend, violinist Robert McDuffie. The two grew up together in Macon, Georgia, and have since gone on to achieve their own unique musical fame.

 

Mike Mills and violinist Robert McDuffie will perform Mills' Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and Strings at Emory University Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. Hear more from our Georgia Playlist here.

Music Midtown: Sunday

Sep 18, 2016
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Welcome to Sunday at Music Midtown! It is rainy and potentially disastrous for that reason, but there's a whole lot of good music to hear today. Here's what we hace for you: 

*Coverage of Sunday was stifled by weather concerns which caused a mass evacuation in the late afternoon*

 

 

Music Midtown: Saturday

Sep 17, 2016
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Another year, another music festival. Events like these become more and more popular as festivals like Shaky Knees and OneMusicFest continue to grow every year. GPB is on the ground this weekend at Music Midtown, the longest running and arguably most successful music festival in Atlanta. Here's what we saw and what we thought of them:

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On a recent a sunny afternoon, the Atlanta Beltline was packed with joggers, dog-walkers, cyclists and...Beltline volunteers.

Why? It’s all part of an etiquette campaign aimed at keeping everyone on the trail safe. Jessica Davis is one of the volunteers.

“I think a lot of people have a lot to learn when walking the trail since it is fairly new," said Davis. "I think that the campaigns make sure that people know and are aware of the rules and how to stay safe.”

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Congressman John Lewis is back in Atlanta after staging a sit-in on the U.S. House floor last week to address gun control. He hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday at Ebenezer Baptist Church to continue the discussion on gun violence.

Hundreds of people turned out to hear Lewis speak. He said his actions last week hark back to methods of protest popular during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s.

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A major Atlanta-based investment management company is seeing steep declines in stock prices following last week’s Brexit vote.

Invesco’s shares dropped 9 percent Monday -- a fallout analysts say is due to the company’s large holdings in the U.K.

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The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law Monday which would have made it more difficult for women to receive abortions in that state. While the decision is a victory for pro-choice advocates, various challenges still exist for women seeking abortions. 

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Out-of-state payday lenders are appealing to the Georgia Supreme Court to legally issue small loans in the state.

Western Sky Financial is challenging a Fulton County judge's 2013 ruling that such lenders are barred from dispersing loans less than $3000. The primarily online company has already written more than $15 million in loans to Georgians through the Internet.

University of Georgia Law Professor Kent Barnett says Georgia considers all payday lending in the state illegal.

Five Arrested At Fox Theatre Trump Event

Jun 15, 2016
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Atlanta police arrested five people today at the Donald Trump event at the Fox Theatre. They say one was inside and four were outside, where protestors gathered holding signs saying “Trump Hates Grits” and “Build Bridges, Not Walls.”  The presumptive Republican presidential nominee renewed his call for tighter restrictions on immigration and Muslims. He called for more security measures following Sunday’s shooting in Orlando.

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Tim Sweetwood has been a staple of Atlanta's music scene for more than a decade. He started out as a music promoter.  Now he's a major player as the founder of the annual Atlanta music festivals known as Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats.

Producer Trevor Young caught up with Sweetwood during the Shaky Knees festival last month. We asked him to nominate two songs to our Georgia Playlist, our ever-growing, essential list of songs written or performed by Georgians. Press play to hear his picks.

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We add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist, the series where we ask people to pick tunes that best represent The Peach State. Andrew Shepard of the Athens-based band Roadkill Ghost Choir picks out songs by Neutral Milk Hotel and Thayer Sarrano.

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For the seventh time in the last nine days, a Code Orange smog alert has been issued today for metro Atlanta.  

The Environmental Protection Agency has new standards for what the alert means, potentially leading to an increase in Code Orange alerts throughout summer months.

At the beginning of the year, in an effort to alert people to unsafe air conditions sooner, the EPA lowered the threshold for unhealthy ozone levels.

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Atlanta has launched a studio for urban planners to design the future of the city, dubbed the "Atlanta City Studio."

As part of the Atlanta City Design Project, the studio is open at Ponce City Market in Old Fourth Ward, but will change to a new location every six months.

Tim Keane, Commissioner of Planning and Community Development, said the studio is unique in that it encourages the community to get involved with urban planning ideas.

VA

Cathedral Henderson was responsible for the scheduling of nearly 2,700 patients at the Charlie Norwood VA Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. 

The 50-count indictment against Henderson alleges he canceled patients’ medical appointments, falsely stated that services had been completed or that patients refused services.

This trial is the next development in a series of issues at Charlie Norwood. In 2011, scheduling problems at the Augusta VA led to three deaths. Norwood became one of more than 100 Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide to be investigated in 2014.

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The 2016 Shaky Knees Music Festival brought big names in music to Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Headliners included Jane's Addiction, Florence + The Machine, and My Morning Jacket as well as acts with strong Georgia connections like Baroness and Phosphorescent. 

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The first Sunday musician was easily the most emotionally dense. Julien Baker, who we interviewed with "On Second Thought," gave an utterly gut-wrenching performance. Given the somber nature of her writing style and character, it was to be expected. But man, when you hear her voice in full force, it is something else entirely.

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Silversun Pickups

I feel really terrible for the Silversun Pickups. Once upon a time, they were the second coming of alt-rock groups like The Smashing Pumpkins. They’ve been out of the fray for too long it seems, based on their weak and unsure turnout Saturday evening.

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Saturday has begun, and as I had predicted yesterday, it is packed. While it was easy to navigate without bumping elbows every ten seconds yesterday, today is a different story. If you’re coming out today, be sure to bring your sidling skills.

Shakey Graves

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Shaky Knees is officially underway, and the Friday lineup is killing it. Sure, it’s hot and there’s a lot to see, but you tend to forget about the overwhelming nature of music festivals a few bands in.

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One of the featured performers at this weekend’s Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta is 20-year-old singer-songwriter Julien Baker. The Tennessee native’s melodies are admittedly melancholy, but Baker says there is joy to be found in her music as well.  She talks about the stardom that’s been creeping up on her and how her Southern roots influence her style.  

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Baroness is a heavy metal band from Savannah. They'll play the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta this Friday. Lead singer John Dyer Baizley picks two songs that best represent the Peach State for our essential Georgia Playlist. He chooses tracks from Kylesa and Neutral Milk Hotel. 

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Students have been speaking out for and against the bill that would have allowed guns on public college campuses. The bill was vetoed by Governor Deal on Tuesday, but not everyone is finished talking about it.

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