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

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.

Gay 'cure' ministry Exodus International apologizes, shuts down operations

After nearly 40 years, Exodus International Ministry is shutting its doors. Exodus advocated a so-called cure for homosexuality through therapy, an idea was a beacon for believers but a lightning rod for critics.

Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black on the fate of Prop 8

The drama of Prop 8 has reached its apex at the high court. Dustin Lance Black talks about bringing that drama to the stage in the play "8."

Is California's economy looking bright?

Economic news has fallen off the front pages, lately, but Take Two takes the pulse of still-struggling Californians.

Race and the trial of George Zimmerman

On the first day of the George Zimmerman trial, what did the Rodney King beating trial teach us about race and justice?

Santa Ana credit union helps unbanked Latinos create financial security

The Communidad Latina Credit Union in Santa Ana focuses on the Latino population, who often don't use larger, mainstream banks.

Atheism makes headway with comments by Pope, Arizona lawmaker

Is atheism on the rise in America, and are more people willing to come out of the "godless closet"?

Why are there so few Asian Americans in LA politics?

Why, in one of the nation's most diverse cities, is it hard for Asian-Americans to have a permanent place at LA's political table?

May Day protests for immigration reform

On this May Day, activists expect thousands of people to march through the streets of downtown LA in a call for immigration reform. Demonstrators remember another time when immigration reform was at the top of the national agenda.

Athletes who are out, well before they're pro

NBA player Jason Collins shook the sports world yesterday as the first active player in a men's professional sports league.

Muslims fear a backlash after Boston bombings

The culprit(s) behind Boston's deadly bombing is still at large, but Khaled Beydoun had one thought running through his mind: please don't let that person be an Arab or Muslim.