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

Saying goodbye to the X-Games in LA (Photos)

After 10 years, the X-Games leaves LA. But it could not have grown popular without the people of Southern California.

LA gay bars boycott Stoli, other Russian vodka brands

Gay pride events there have been scarred with violence and last month the country passed a law where tourists or foreigners could be arrested for being perceived as gay or "pro-gay." In response, gay columnist Dan Savage called for a nation-wide boycott of Stoli and other Russian vodkas.

National gay blood drive to raise awareness of FDA restrictions

Great strides have recently been made when it comes to gay rights, but there are still plenty of situations in which homosexuals are treated differently from their heterosexual counterparts.

New game allows users to take control of online ads

If you do anything online, chances are your personal info is being mined somehow. But what do you do if you want to keep your information private? One idea is simply not to be yourself.

Odd Hollywood Jobs: US-China film 'ambassador' (video)

The Chinese movie-going audience will be worth $5 billion by 2015, and Hollywood wants in on the action. It's Peter Shiao's job to help be their guide.

Who decides when you're "American" enough?

Being an American is an idea that most of us understand, but it's a little hard to explain: the American identity encompasses some very big ideas that brings in culture, politics, family, and more.

SCOTUS rulings open green card doors to binational same-sex couples

Immigration reform and gay marriage have dominated the headlines recently. Those two topics overlapped last week with the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.

For many, firefighting is often a family affair

As a firefighter, when one of your own dies, there's a chance that person may be your son or daughter, mother or father.

Meet the 'crullant,' LA's take on NY's popular cronut pastry (photos)

Semisweet Bakery in downtown LA makes its own variation on the pastry that's been getting a lot of online buzz.

What the Supreme Court's decision means for family law

What does the Supreme Court's ruling on Prop 8 mean for the thousands of families waiting to learn their legal fate? How do gay couples talk to their children about today's news?

Where does the Protect Marriage group go from here?

It's been a long road from Proposition 8's journey from California to the US Supreme Court. Joining us now is Ron Prentice, executive director of Protect Marriage, the group that originally brought Prop 8 to the ballot and has been defending it in court.

'Milk' screenwriter Dustin Lance Black talks Prop 8

The legal challenge to Prop 8 in the Supreme Court was organized by a group called the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Dustin Lance Black is one of the group's founding board members.

How are people of faith reacting to Prop 8 news?

The issue of gay marriage is, for some, a religious question: is it moral? Would God approve? Not all congregations feel the same way.

USC law professor Jody Armour breaks down the Prop 8 decision

We know the headlines, but what do today's decisions really means for gay marriage in California and the rest of the nation. Here to break it down for us is Jody Armour, a professor of law at USC.

Three generations of Californians react to Prop 8 decision

For those within the gay community, today's decision comes just in time. For others, maybe it didn't come soon enough. We wanted to talk about what the court's ruling on DOMA and Prop 8 means to different generations of gay people.