Leo Duran Producer and Reporter, Take Two

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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

SoCal cities racing to regulate Airbnb as its popularity climbs

Many communities never anticipated businesses like Airbnb to explode, leaving them with legal headaches.

Rebuilding the rep of police officers...through PR

For police officers who've lost all trust from the community, PR expert John Guilfoil says departments need to change from within and be more open.

SoCal needs to build more homes, but 'density' is a tough sell

Santa Monica officials are set to approve taller buildings to bring more housing to the area, but residents say density will change the city's character.

California has a housing crisis, but people don't like the solution: density

The state needs to build more homes to address the high cost of housing – more homes means lower prices. But few people like the way to get there: density.

Santa Monica inches toward regulating short-term rentals; LA considers its own law

The council voiced unanimous support for a measure that only allows short-term and vacation rentals through websites like AirBnB if hosts stay under the same roof with guests and pay a tax.

Santa Monica debates tough restrictions for AirBnb, VRBO

The council is considering a ban on most vacation rentals. Timeshares, home-swaps, and home-sharing would be allowed.

Renter FAQ: What to do if you get an eviction notice under the Ellis Act

Evictions from rent-controlled apartments are on the rise. If you get an eviction notice, here are your rights and answers to your questions.

Ellis Act evictions in L.A. on the rise

More landlords are using the law to sell their buildings and evict tenants in rent-controlled apartments as the economy improves and the housing market tightens.

Proposal to pass water bills to L.A. renters runs cold at City Hall

Landlords want renters to share their building's water bill. Garcetti would only back the plan if tenants got their own meters. But the costs would be astronomical.

Drought: LA mayor won't agree to tenants paying for water without meters

A proposal by landlords would shift water bills onto tenants in rent-stabilized apartments. But city officials call for individual meters, which will be costly.

LA city, county swap traffic info for Waze drivers' data

Thousands of Waze app users' data is being given free to Los Angeles city and county traffic managers in exchange for road condition info. How will they use it?

Drought: LA landlords lobby to charge tenants for water use

Landlords are asking Mayor Garcetti to back a proposal to shift water costs to tenants, in exchange for lower rent to encourage conservation.

You got a ticket for jaywalking. Here's what you do next

It's similar to handling a traffic citation. And, it's harder for authorities to collect.

Santa Monica debates taller buildings as it expands housing supply

Many residents say denser neighborhoods would make rents and home prices more affordable. Others argue that big developments would ruin the city.

A fight over density in Santa Monica's future

New zoning rules would allow housing developers to build more four and five-story buildings. But residents say it would change the nature of their "beach town."