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

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.

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.