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

11 ways to win your LA weekend

It's Mother's Day weekend, but you can also honor Prince with a party at City Hall, pick up some DIY goods at a craft fair, get lit at an indie bookfest and dance like Queen Bey.

9 ways to zest up your weekend in SoCal

Whether you're drinking lemonade at the Citrus Fest or going pinkies-up at tea for Brit Week, this weekend's lineup of SoCal fun is sure to quench your spring-fever thirst.

The Styled Side: extreme wedding planning

From liposuction to gastric balloons to hiring a "maid of social," planning to tie the knot has gone up a notch in Southern California.

10 ways to spend your weekend in LA

Tap your toes to country twang, plant a tree or run after grunion this weekend. There's so much to do this you won't have time to cry over not being at Coachella.

The future of architecture: Is it selfie-ready?

Social media is having a real effect on the way architects and artists think about designing the next Broad Museum or Getty Center.

No place in SoCal is immune from rising rents: USC report

Even areas like the Inland Empire, which is traditionally more affordable, saw rents climbing 5.2 percent over the course of last year.

Visiting the first dog cafe in Los Angeles

At the just opened Silver Lake establishment, you can snuggle, pet and play with pooches and sip a ca-pooch-ino.

Weekend Events: 8 great things to do in Los Angeles

We've got eight great ways for you to spend your weekend — from an overnight comedy show to beer, baseball and a bonus Carrie Brownstein appearance.

How to change views on trans people? Just get personal

You can change minds on gay marriage and transgender people with a personal chat. But it took a research scandal in 2014 and a two-year redo to get the proof.

Weekend Events: books, a mile of beer, TomatoMania and more

There's a writing conference in town, and we've rounded up the best of the free events that come with it. You can also catch a scary movie, beer and tomato-y fun.

The Styled Side: paying for some inner peace

New Age meditation is not new to Southern California, but the capitalist takeover of it by type-A types is.

The Cat Art Show creator wants to make SXSW for cats

Susan Michals want to merge Cat Art Show, CatConLA and CatVideoFest into one mega-event by 2017.

Weekend Events: Cat art, '80s prom, Easter fun

Easter weekend's here and the weather's perfect for a waterslide egg hunt, a movie on a battleship, biking the Gold Line extension and more. Check out our roundup of weekend fun.

Weekend Events: 9 fun and almost-free things to do

You must've found a four-leaf clover because your weekend is looking lucky with St. Paddy's Day festivities, vegan food and "krazy krafts."

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.