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

Fourth of July weekend: 10 things to do if you're staying in town

It's Independence Day weekend! Time to light up the sky with "safe and sane" fireworks, barbecue and swim — or go to an anime convention. We've got the details.

Faith-based colleges take stand against an LGBT rights bill

S.B. 1146 would protect LGBT students on college campuses from discrimination, but several colleges say the law would undermine their religious teachings.

Trans activists wish Caitlyn Jenner didn't represent them

The people Jenner set out to help are uneasy because of her conservative politics and, recently she said Trump is better than Democrats on trans issues.

An all-glass slide opens atop a downtown LA skyscraper

You'll be able to see as far out as 34 miles as well as to the ground below.

From Harry Potter to Politicon: 7 ways to spend your weekend

This weekend boils down to one word: nerds. And that's coming from us, a bunch of nerds who love our fellow nerds. Whether you're into politics, cats, musicals or Harry Potter, you can be with your own kind.

80 percent of LGBT people killed are minorities

When violence strikes the LGBT community, the victims often look like those who died in the Orlando tragedy.

LA developing national model to help LGBT foster kids

Some parents are afraid to foster or adopt an LGBT kid because they think they're different. Experts are trying to teach people that they aren't.

Shooter? Oh, I hope they’re not (insert race).

As details of deadly sprees emerge, many minorities, fearing retaliation, find themselves hoping the perpetrator doesn’t look like them.

Should all big developments in Santa Monica be up for a public vote?

If the LUVE initiative passes, then all developments taller than two stories would have to be voted on by the public.

Tech is driving the future of SoCal homes

Craftsman bungalows and Beverly Hills mansions are iconic home styles in Southern California, but what about tech-loaded downtown high-rises?

Nope, the Expo Line doesn't beat a car or bike in a race

The only possible way I could have won would be if at each transfer point, my train was ready to go with no waiting. That never happens in real life.

Cheers to the weekend! 8 fun things to do in SoCal

Say cheers — the weekend has arrived! Fill up on Greek food, watch "Toy Story" outdoors and ride the Expo Line for free. We've got the details.

Places to check out along the new Expo Line extension

Do you have your TAP card ready to go? Don't be so quick to rush down to the beach — we have some suggestions for what you should stop and check out at all seven new stops.

9 brilliant ways to spend your SoCal weekend

Sushi burritos, 70-cent burgers, line dancing, a Harry Potter scavenger hunt and free admission at six local museums — the weekend awaits.

The sharing economy has 'sidekick' businesses

You can still drive for Uber if you don't have a car. There's a growing number of businesses designed to help you be a driver, an Airbnb host or more.