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

The LA Times resuscitates its latent Homicide Report blog

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.

Can good grammar get you further in the work world?

One informal study of 100 LinkedIn profiles found that people with fewer grammatical errors had a higher level of professional achievement.

'Being White in Philly' sparks racial debate in the City of Brotherly Love

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."

'Concussion businesses' grow around NFL's increased concern about head injuries

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.

In the shadow of SXSW, Austin's other fest explores Mexican-American music

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.

LA's homeless youth help count their own (Photos)

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.

Sequestration cuts to cause turbulence at airports

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.

Massachusetts Battles for the State's Rock Song

California already has an official song -- "I Love You California."

America's spiking hunger problem

Sequestration. Immigration. Gun Control.

South LA guerrilla gardener Ron Finley presents at the TED conference

Take Two host Alex Cohen met up guerrilla gardener and TED speaker Ron Finley next to his garden in his South LA neighborhood.

Should Hispanic be considered a race for the 2020 Census?

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?

South Asian community in CA reacts to assault of 23-year-old woman in New Delhi

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.

Where you can find Santa Claus in LA

Santas in Los Angeles aren't all rosy-cheeked. L.A. actually offers a number of ethnic Santas for people of color.

The risks and complications of looking online for an open adoption

Although many would-be parents are using social media as a tool in adoption, as with any online transactions, there are many risks involved.

Couples use social media to find 'open adoption' opportunities

Jay and Staci Baird are using various social media outlets to help them spread the word and ultimately find a prospective birth mother for an 'open adoption.'