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 high school students make doc to commemorate Sandy Hook

Newtown is thousands of miles away from southern California, but last year's shooting hit hard with the students at High Tech High in Chula Vista. A group of 45 students there are holding a Kickstarter campaign to film a documentary about gun violence. They have already raised more than $27,000.

Online games being monitored by US and British spy agencies

When you play a game like World of Warcraft, you're not only playing with dwarf paladins and goblin mages, but human spies, too. The New York Times and ProPublica report on how spy agencies have been monitoring communications on MMORPGs.

'Mortified Nation' takes your awkward teenage years on stage

The new documentary, "Mortified Nation," showcases stage shows around the country where adults read from the diaries and journals they kept as kids in front of a live audience. It's sometimes embarrassing, but always funny.

'12 Angry Men', six of them black

A new production of the play, "12 Angry Men," twists the formula of the classic drama by dividing the racial make-up of the jury between black and white.

Odd Hollywood Jobs: Voiceover artist Ben Patrick Johnson

Ben Patrick Johnson is a major voiceover artists in Hollywood, one of fewer than a dozen of his kind. Part of Take Two's series on weird jobs in the Industry.

'Hunting Season': the story of immigration and death in small-town America

Did angry anti-immigrant rhetoric lead to the killing of a 37-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant in Patchogue, N.Y., in 2008? A new book looks at the case.

Gay erotic fiction genre written by women, for women

What if Captain Kirk and Spock hooked up? Writers of male-male fiction (or m/m) construct romance novels, comics, and stories. And it's primarily written by heterosexual women, for heterosexual women.

The dying art of hand-painted billboards is alive in Los Angeles (photos)

When billboards do their job right, they get your attention. Rarely do they inspire you to say, “wow!” In downtown Los Angeles, though, there’s a great reason to look up.

'Valentine Road' examines the tragic killing of 15-year-old Larry King

The case may be closed, but the tragedy leaves many questions behind. Questions raised in the new documentary "Valentine Road," which airs tonight at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Cheech Marin on Chicano art and 'Chicanitas'

Cheech Marin isn't just an actor, but an art collector. He talks about his love of Chicano art, especially small pieces.

'Raising My Rainbow' highlights the challenges of raising a gender-creative child

Orange County mom Lori Duron dreamed of having a girl to dress up and play dolls with. Turns out her dream came true in a very different way.

LGBT service members still fighting for benefits

When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last June, that was supposed to clear the way for same-sex married couples to obtain federal benefits. But LGBT service members are still fighting that battle.

Understanding the fight over California prisons

The debate over prison overcrowding and solitary confinement is still continuing with neither side looking like they will back down. We’ll try and have a better understanding about the issues with a roundtable discussion about the issue.

The contested murder of Latasha Harlins

The LA Riots may have been sparked by the acquittal of officers who beat Rodney King, but UCLA's Brenda Stevenson explains how the overshadowed death of black teenager Latasha Harlins in 1991 set the stage for violence against Korean-Americans

What's the deal with those comically long CVS receipts? (Poll)

If you've purchased something lately from CVS using your ExtraCare card, it's a good chance you've left the store with a receipt almost as long as you are tall.