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

No Place Like LA: Melissa, and the expensive $250 lesson

When was the moment you felt like you truly belonged in LA? For Melissa, it was when she got a really hefty fine.

No Place Like LA: Paul, finding his LA identity in Texas

No Place Like LA is our new series that asks transplants and immigrants to LA, "When was the moment you felt that Los Angeles was truly home?"

Here's how the Measure H sales tax increase is helping the homeless

The sales tax in L.A. County jumped 1/4 percent on Sunday. The money is for homeless services, but there are hurdles to building homes to go with them.

Is the new Senate GOP bill DACA 2.0?

Yesterday, three GOP senators announced the SUCCEED ACT, a conservative take on immigration reform. It looks pretty similar to DACA-- except for some key changes.

Some want CSULB's Prospector Pete to head for the hills

There are some students and faculty at Cal State Long Beach who say mascot Prospector Pete represents a dark history for native peoples and minorities in the state.

California passed a new housing package. How much will it help?

Here's what you can build with $250 million in one hand, and $3 billion in the other. And it's not an end to the state's housing crisis.

LAPD officers 'overwhelmed' by homeless problem on Metro

Months into starting patrols on the Metro system, the head of LAPD's transit officers says dealing with the homeless is a "significant challenge."

The hidden history of queer Chicanos in LA

There's a rich LGBT history in L.A., but with few stories involving people of color. Those stories are in the spotlight at L.A.'s MOCA Pacific Design Center.

How good are telethons at raising money?

A star-studded telethon airs tonight to help hurricane victims. But telethons are a bit of an anachronism when it's just as easy to donate with a click.

Animals shelters, coming to a strip mall near you

LA city moved to allow animal shelters and pet centers in commercial areas, where in the past they were restricted to industrial zones.

That dog you see in public might not be a legit service animal

Columnist Wes Siler says he sees more and more people faking service animals, and that does real harm to those who need trained service animals in public.

Your guide to prepping for a disaster in LA

If a disaster were to strike Southern California, would you know how to prepare? Should you evacuate? What if you have a family? We've answered these questions and more.

Some blame this law for California's housing crisis

The tax measure helps homeowners by limiting how much their property taxes can grow. But its detractors say it's causing the housing crisis.

How an environment law hurts the housing market

CEQA – the California Environmental Quality Act – is being used to slow down developments for reasons other than the environment, say developers. And that's throttling the supply of homes.

Why are Trader Joe's parking lots so small?

The chain's first store opened in Pasadena 50 years ago in 1967. And while the company's grown, its parking lots have not.