Tanner Latham

Authentic South Host

Tanner spent the first 10 years of his career in print as a travel and features writer for Southern Living magazine in Birmingham, Alabama.

He then transitioned into multimedia reporting, using sound, video, and photography to tell his stories.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Tanner is a world traveler, folk art collector, foodie, and he always tries the local beer on tap.

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What Is Southern?

May 10, 2013
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I believe that okra symbolizes the ever-evolving definition of the South. It is Southern to the core, but as a non-native plant, okra had to become Southern. In my search for an answer to the question, "What is Southern?" I talk to my grandmother about her fried okra, the Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the former editor-in-chief of Southern Living magazine, and a Korean-born pop singer-turned-chef who fries okra in tempura batter at her Southern barbecue joint in Atlanta.

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In advance of the Republican and Democratic national conventions, strip clubs in both cities invested in upgrades. WFAE’s Tanner Latham checked whether the investments paid off in this report.

With Mo On Radio Row

Sep 7, 2012
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While thousands of people filed into Time Warner Cable Arena Thursday afternoon, Mo Rocca, one of the regular panelists of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me sat down with WFAE’s Tanner Latham to discuss a new documentary he stars in, his take on political conventions, and his description of the quintessential public radio groupie. 

Fans showed up outside Imaginon as early as 8 o’clock Wednesday morning to get a front row seat at that evening’s taping. The people we caught up with in line later in the day could very quickly articulate why they love The Daily Show. And why they love Jon Stewart. 

“I started watching it when American politics got so ridiculous that we had material for three or four different comedy shows. It helps you laugh about the terrible situation that we're in.”

“Well because there's so much bad news. Jon has a way of putting the right focus on what's this all about.”   

Presidential candidates cannot be everywhere at once, so they have an arsenal of surrogates, people who speak on their behalf and hammer home the campaigns’ message points.   For the most part, they fall into two camps, political surrogates and celebrity surrogates.   WFAE’s Tanner Latham joins host Mark Rumsey in the studio to talk about the role of surrogates in the campaign.

MR: Tanner, give us a quick rundown of the people who’ve been hitting us up for interviews. 

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The celebrity spottings have started.  WFAE's Tanner Latham has been playing the public radio paparazzo.  He's been lurking all over uptown, the EpiCentre, and Amos' South End.  So far he hasn't seen any big stars, but he did attend a Rock the Vote party yesterday with a performance by the hip hop group Far East Movement and hosted by celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton.  Listen to his rundown of the event on Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. 

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5

Firebird Patrol

Sep 4, 2012
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One of the most popular Uptown photo ops during the DNC will be the Firebird, the tall, mirrored glass sculpture standing outside the Bechtler Museum. 

That kind of publicity is priceless, but the museum knows the exposure could also attract vandals. And it has taken measures to try to prevent that.

Cathie Burns is the collections management assistant at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. She’s got her normal day-to-day tasks…

“Taking light levels and humidity levels in the galleries, pest management, temperature, things like that,” she says. 

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While there were no helmets or pads, there was a lot of running.

About 85 football players, all decked out in their squeaky clean t-shirts, shorts, and cleats ran full field sprints.  For the next three weeks, they’ll be doing these daily conditioning drills and learning their position techniques.

The first game is not until August 31st, 2013, over a year away. Because of that, head coach Brad Lambert says one of his biggest challenges is to keep it these practices creative.  

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Across the country, West Nile virus cases are up four times over what is normal for this time of year. The Center for Disease Control reports it’s one of the largest outbreaks ever. And in the Carolinas, the numbers are up and expected to rise as the mosquito season continues.

Experts can’t put a finger on exactly why there are so many cases this year. But they speculate that the mild winter, early spring, and hot summer have stimulated mosquito breeding. And thus increased the spread of the virus.

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the busiest in the world. On a typical day, more than 100,000 people traverse its concourses.

Some of those travelers stop for a shoeshine. And if they look for one on Concourse D, they will find Getnet Marsha, a shoeshiner with an Ethiopian accent, a soul patch and an interesting story to tell.

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