Leo Duran Producer and Reporter, Take Two
Leo Duran is a producer and reporter for KPCC’s Take Two. Leo works to find regular people with extraordinary takes on the day’s news.
Leo came to KPCC in October 2012 from the nationally-syndicated program "The Takeaway," where he performed nearly every single job since its launch except host. Leo helped to develop the show’s fast-paced conversational style and the innovative use of listener-interaction — while not getting a lot of sleep.
Leo got his start in public media as a listener to Wisconsin Public Radio, eventually leading its morning drive-time program, "The Joy Cardin Show."
He’s a University of Wisconsin graduate, an avid biker and baker, and plans to avoid buying a car for as long as he can in L.A.
Stories by Leo Duran
When food writer Lucas Peterson reported about an elote vendor in Lincoln Heights, it became a "corn"-troversy about race, gentrification and "columbusing."
More than 5 million Muslims live in France, but history has created a tense relationship between them and the rest of the population.
LGBT canvassers had a longer-lasting impact on people's opinions compared to their straight counterparts. The reason: they shared their own personal stories, and that profoundly affected how people saw the issue of same-sex marriage.
Drybar broke expectations by being a hit despite only offering blowouts. Salons like FaceHaus are following suit by just doing facials.
Ferguson joins the growing list of racially-tinged events that prompt severe divisions in how the general public perceives what happened, and what should happen. That is, in part, because we all have biases -- whether we want to acknowledge them or not -- that stem from the subtle experiences that we gather over a lifetime.
While you might have a lot to be thankful for this holiday weekend, save the biggest pats on the back for yourself if you didn't have to drive around. AAA offers tips for getting around.
It's the only one of its kind in a major city, created to protect these prisoners from the violence and harassment they might face in the general population side of the jail.
"For me it's about trust," says Air Force veteran Brad Badgley, "and that could be a difficult thing for people who've had their entire career in the military experience discrimination."
Pet parties are actually a big thing, so KPCC's Leo Duran went all out to celebrate his own cat, including a cat-themed playlist and "kitty litter" cake.
Moreno Valley, located deep in the Inland Empire, is a major artery of commerce that's home to many warehouses. But it's also a home to political corruption where the FBI paid out the largest bribe ever in a sting to catch a public official: $2.36 million.
"It just seems fashionable, right now," says Guilford Adams, aka Gilly the Clown. But there's a science behind the scare and some groups of people are more scared than others.
California is in the midst of another historic drought. Having a cool, standing pool of water in the backyard isn't the best way to convey that you're passionate about conservation.
Latinos only make-up single digit percentages in several unexpected southern and midwestern states, but politicians should pay attention now to set the right tone for when millions more of them become eligible to vote.
John Deasy's successor will have a tough balancing act in making people happy. But what do people with a vested interest in LAUSD want in their next leader?
Many had hoped the high court would take on at least one of those cases to directly address the question of whether same-sex marriage is legal throughout the whole nation.