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

LA's shelter dogs may go vegan

The proposal would switch dogs in city shelters to a vegan diet.

SoCal's Candy Cane Lanes face growing pains

Santa-size crowds have created congestion, litter and safety concerns at several neighborhood holiday lights displays throughout the region.

No Place Like LA: David and the weirdos of Long Beach

David never felt at home being the outcast in Kansas. But amid all the weirdos in Southern California, he felt normal.

Things to do this weekend in SoCal

From a Hot Chocolate Nutcracker in Redondo Beach to a dog-friendly shopping extravaganza in Arcadia, there are many ways you can spend this weekend.

No Place Like LA: What death taught Vivienne about life and LA

Vivienne didn't think there was much "community" in Los Angeles. But she saw a vibrant one that surrounded the death of her dear friend, Fred.

I scream, you scream, for turkey-flavored ice cream

With Thanksgiving expected to be a scorcher this year, we explore some cooler options, including a full Thanksgiving meal...in ice cream form.

This LA trans activist is helping others afford surgery

There are only about a handful of programs that give money to trans people in need of surgery. One of them is based in LA and run by local activist Rizi Timane.

No Place Like LA: Hate traffic? It makes Polly feel at home

To KPCC listener Polly Morris, the open spaces of Arizona had nothing on the traffic - and vibrant life - of L.A.

Joshua Tree locals are torn about the area's tourism "boom"

Millions of people are visiting the Joshua Tree area each year. Some locals see that as great, while others are worried that tourists aren't treating the desert right.

No Place Like LA: Travis, and the Jennifer/Genaphyr at Starbucks

"I came out here and I got to create who I was. I got to write my own 'name' how I wanted to write it. We're all misfits."

Grand Central Market turns 100 — and it has lived many lives

The owner of a long-time stall that sells Latino groceries talks about how the food hall has changed in recent years.

How to take the best pics inside the Infinity Mirrors exhibit

The new installations by artist Yayoi Kusama were designed with selfie culture in mind. Take advantage of the social media storm.

How the insurance process works for wildfire victims

The wildfires in Northern California caused tens of thousands of Californians to lose their homes at the same time.

Rising number of racist incidents at Cal State Long Beach

Racist words were scrawled on a campus bathroom wall. University president Jane Close Conoley emailed the entire campus to vigorously condemn it.

Is Harvey Weinstein ‘just the tip of the iceberg’?

"There's going to be a lot more stories revealed because women are feeling empowered and seeing that there's potential to be heard and for there to be some change."