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

Chuck the Condor learns mascot life lessons from the Phillie Phanatic.

The Clippers' new mascot Chuck the Condor has had a rough landing with fans. The original Phillie Phanatic has some tips on how to be endearing.

SoCal cities buckle down to fight density

Battles have sprung up throughout SoCal over having neighbors living closer together, from L.A. to Santa Monica to Huntington Beach.

'Evicted' shows how evictions lead to a life of poverty

One eviction can mean a lifetime of trying to claw your way back to stability, says 'Evicted' author Matthew Desmond

A glass slide 1,000 ft in the air coming to downtown LA

The building's owners also considered building a zip line.

'Black-ish' tackles police violence in a very special episode

Parents Dre and Bow wrestled with what to tell their young black kids about the protests surrounding race and police use of force.

Why some environmental disasters get more attention than others

Watts and Vernon have coped for years with lead that's tainted the ground surrounding their homes. Meanwhile, Porter Ranch has gotten most of the spotlight, lately.

The Great Race: The cyclist won; here's why

Cyclist Jacob Margolis narrowly beat out car driver Sue Carpenter by 5 minutes.

KPCC races from DTLA to Santa Monica: Why #TeamPublicTransport lost

It would take some major parking snarls in Santa Monica to slow down Sue Carpenter in her car. I also underestimated Jacob Margolis's powerful, powerful bike legs.

How Metro uses simple psychology to increase ridership

LA Metro believes some people are turned off by mass transit for reasons other than time. It has a plan to encourage more people to "go Metro" even before they board.

Only in SoCal can you take the train with the sunset...and a song

Anthony Bryant runs the café car on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner route. He's also the only employee in the country who uses the loudspeaker to sing to the entire train.

Cell service coming to the LA Metro, Wi-Fi headed to some buses

Your phone will get reception in the downtown L.A. subway stops by the end of March. And certain LADOT buses will have free Wi-Fi by the end of 2016.

The Styled Side: the rise of fancy boutique sweets

There's more to chocolate than just eating: LA chocolatiers are creating artisanal bars covered in fashionable wrappings that are Instagram-worthy.

Ever eat an 'antique' banana?

At the Santa Monica farmers market is your first chance in years to buy local and "antique" bananas.

The Styled Side: How to dress for El Niño

SoCal style isn't really built for rainy weather – sundresses and hoodies, sneakers and sandals tend not to hold up well in storms. We've got some advice.

The winners and losers of LA's 2015 housing market

If you're a renter, it's been really tough out there for you. If you're someone looking to sell your home, then things were looking pretty good.