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

More California homebuyers see big, grassy lawn as liability

A green lawn has always been big with homebuyers. But local house hunters are getting used to desert-like yards.

Jaywalking isn't what you think in West Hollywood

Jaywalking: It's when you cross outside of the crosswalk, right? Wrong. At least in West Hollywood.

WeHo uses Taylor Swift song, humor to stem fatal pedestrian crashes

West Hollywood launched a million dollar safety campaign last October to make streets more safe for walkers. Early numbers show the quirky direction may be working.

Transportation Nation: Think you know Calif. bike laws? Take our quiz

Bicyclists don't have to pass a test or earn a license to ride. Drivers, themselves, aren't tested that much on bike laws. How do you get everyone educated?

Can you write about street food in East LA if you're not Latino?

When food writer Lucas Peterson reported about an elote vendor in Lincoln Heights, it became a "corn"-troversy about race, gentrification and "columbusing."

France's complicated history with Muslims

More than 5 million Muslims live in France, but history has created a tense relationship between them and the rest of the population.

To win over people on same-sex marriage, LGBT canvassers got very personal

LGBT canvassers had a longer-lasting impact on people's opinions compared to their straight counterparts. The reason: they shared their own personal stories, and that profoundly affected how people saw the issue of same-sex marriage.

FaceHaus, Drybar and the beautiful business of single-service salons

Drybar broke expectations by being a hit despite only offering blowouts. Salons like FaceHaus are following suit by just doing facials.

Why there's a divide in how we react to Ferguson

Ferguson joins the growing list of racially-tinged events that prompt severe divisions in how the general public perceives what happened, and what should happen. That is, in part, because we all have biases -- whether we want to acknowledge them or not -- that stem from the subtle experiences that we gather over a lifetime.

Thanksgiving traffic worst in LA: 6 tips for hassle-free travel

While you might have a lot to be thankful for this holiday weekend, save the biggest pats on the back for yourself if you didn't have to drive around. AAA offers tips for getting around.

LA jail has the only 'gay wing' for male inmates

It's the only one of its kind in a major city, created to protect these prisoners from the violence and harassment they might face in the general population side of the jail.

LGBT vet: The military's culture didn't change when Don't Ask Don't Tell ended

"For me it's about trust," says Air Force veteran Brad Badgley, "and that could be a difficult thing for people who've had their entire career in the military experience discrimination."

I threw my cat a birthday party. Here's how you can, too.

Pet parties are actually a big thing, so KPCC's Leo Duran went all out to celebrate his own cat, including a cat-themed playlist and "kitty litter" cake.

Why an Inland Empire city became home to warehouses and $2.36 million bribes

Moreno Valley, located deep in the Inland Empire, is a major artery of commerce that's home to many warehouses. But it's also a home to political corruption where the FBI paid out the largest bribe ever in a sting to catch a public official: $2.36 million.

Are you scared of clowns just to be cool?

"It just seems fashionable, right now," says Guilford Adams, aka Gilly the Clown. But there's a science behind the scare and some groups of people are more scared than others.