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

FDA ends ban on blood donations from gay/bi men

Men may donate blood under the new guidelines, but only if they have not had sex with another man in the preceding 12 months. But LGBT activists still aren't happy.

Does your workplace have an active shooter emergency plan?

Twice as many active shooter incidents took place at a business or government site compared to a school.

#WorldAIDSDay: how to change the way you talk about HIV/AIDS

'HIV stage 3,' not AIDS. 'Safer sex,' instead of safe sex.

$100M to spend on LA's homeless, but how to do it?

Is spending the money on shelters or permanent housing the most cost-effective solution?

Officer Involved: police relations differ in 2 neighborhoods

Some people act the way they do around the police because of past experience. In Beverly Grove, people shared positive feelings. In Watts, it's a different story.

Officer Involved: how to have unbiased reviews of shootings

The review of officer-involved shootings is often handled internally. Wisconsin is one of the first states to have require an independent investigation.

The Styled Side: why SoCal is celebrating China's Guo Pei

Guo Pei of top China's top designers and will be the celebrated guest this weekend, but not in New York or Milan – in Santa Ana.

A covert mouthpiece for China, based in West Covina?

There may be a covert network of radio stations that is the mouthpiece for China, with the broadcasts coming from the Southern California city of West Covina.

H&M x Balmain might be the biggest fashion collaboration ever

Balmain is helmed by French designer Olivier Rousteing, who is both young and one of the few black couture designers in the fashion world.

Bathrooms: the new battleground for LGBT rights

Houston voters shot down an anti-discrimination law that would have protected LGBT people. The debate was not about discrimination, however: it was about bathrooms.

The Styled Side: presidential campaign couture

While we've parsed over the candidate's platforms and statements, their looks are just as important.

Walking while black: drivers less likely to stop for black pedestrians

Drivers are less likely to stop for African-American men. Those pedestrians spent 32 percent more time waiting for cars to slow down compared to white pedestrians.

The Styled Side: Halloween's here, so it's time for...Christmas shopping?!

Even though Halloween isn't here yet, some of our staffers have already seen Christmas displays in stores. Michelle Dalton Tyree has some holiday shopping advice.

Slideshow: Inside a lesbian feminist haunted house

From Internet trolls to tampons, step inside a lesbian feminist haunted house in West Hollywood that's meant to "pervert, not convert."

Transgender inmates can now get gender reassignment surgery

California is the first state that has agreed to cover gender reassignment surgery. But determining how to do that and who qualifies hasn't been easy.