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CNN producer Chanda Taylor dies of brain cancer
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    ATLANTA — Chanda Taylor, a television producer who worked at CNN and WSB-TV in Atlanta, has died after a battle with brain cancer.
    She was 35. Taylor died Thursday at her home in Newnan, which is about 35 miles southwest of Atlanta, according to the Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home.
    In 1998, Taylor became a news producer at WSB, where former colleagues remember her as levelheaded and steady in the tumultuous environment of television news.
    ‘‘There was no crisis she couldn’t tackle,’’ Deidra Dukes, who worked with Taylor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ‘‘Chanda was one of those people who stayed cool, calm and collected, who really kept her head in a crisis.’’
    WSB anchor Monica Pearson said Taylor was ‘‘unflappable.’’
    ‘‘In the middle of the most raging storms, things literally exploding on air, Chanda’s voice never changed in your ear,’’ Pearson said. ‘‘Chanda came on in a steady calm voice telling you what they were going to do and how you were going to react to it. Running that show, she was perfection.’’
    Taylor was a graduate of Northwestern University’s journalism school in Evanston, Ill. At WSB, she produced newscasts in every time slot before leaving the station in 2005 to become an executive producer at WFTV in Orlando, Fla.
    Taylor returned to Atlanta in 2007 to become a producer at CNN.
    ‘‘For her, it was all about how people were impacted by what was in the news,’’ said CNN Senior Director of Editorial Operations Jim Proeller.
    Taylor also was president of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and is credited with being a strong leader in a time of transition and financial uncertainty for the organization.
    ‘‘That was a critical point for AABJ,’’ said WSB news anchor Jovita Moore. ‘‘She was among the first young leaders to take the helm. She pulled that organization together.’’
    Even to her family, she was affectionately known as ‘‘task master.’’
    ‘‘She was meticulous with details and was a list maker,’’ her sister, Loren, said.
    Taylor also is survived by her mother, Carolyn Abrams Taylor of Newnan. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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