Leo Duran Producer and Reporter, Take Two
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
Vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan face a 10 percent unemployment rate when they come home. But Take Two looks at one path to giving them a job: encouraging them to become farmers.
Picture a strong and positive Latino character in film or TV, and you might think of Edward James Olmos as math teacher Jaime Escalante in 1988's Stand and Deliver.
This Saturday, these images are getting tossed out of the rickshaw they rode in on: the first summit on Asian-American stereotypes takes place at the Japanese American National Museum in LA.
When it debuted in 2007, the LA Times' blog The Homicide Report was a breakout hit. Reporter Jill Leovy meticulously wrote about every homicide victim in L.A. County. Now the paper is reviving it by looking for a dedicated reporter. Assistant managing editor Megan Garvey explains that it's a difficult job.
One informal study of 100 LinkedIn profiles found that people with fewer grammatical errors had a higher level of professional achievement.
In the City of Brotherly Love, there's little love for a magazine article that's stirred up race relations. Philadelphia Magazine recently published a cover story, "Being White in Philly."
The NFL announced this week it'll spend $60 million to research and develop new technology to prevent future injuries. But there might be millions more to be had by companies that are springing up to offer their own equipment and products to the league.
Can't get a ticket to one of the hundreds of bands at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas? Well, it's not the only music fest in town. The 3rd annual Mexican-American Experience kicks off today, and and just like SXSW, the two-day event brings together acts from all over the world.
Every year, volunteers around the nation count the number of homeless in their communities, but a specific segment of the homeless population often gets missed: young people.
Because of sequestration, the FAA will be furloughing 47,000 employees, including air traffic controllers, starting next month. There might also be epic waits at the security line because the TSA says cuts will reduce their staffing as well.
California already has an official song -- "I Love You California."
Sequestration. Immigration. Gun Control.
Take Two host Alex Cohen met up guerrilla gardener and TED speaker Ron Finley next to his garden in his South LA neighborhood.
The U.S. Census is taken every 10 years, and there is one yes or no question everyone is asked: Is this person of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?
Now we take a look at how an event thousands of miles away is reverberating in Southern California. Yesterday in New Delhi, a vigil was held for the 23-year-old student who died of internal injuries sustained from a brutal gang rape.