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

Cell service coming to the LA Metro, Wi-Fi headed to some buses

Your phone will get reception in the downtown L.A. subway stops by the end of March. And certain LADOT buses will have free Wi-Fi by the end of 2016.

The Styled Side: the rise of fancy boutique sweets

There's more to chocolate than just eating: LA chocolatiers are creating artisanal bars covered in fashionable wrappings that are Instagram-worthy.

Ever eat an 'antique' banana?

At the Santa Monica farmers market is your first chance in years to buy local and "antique" bananas.

The Styled Side: How to dress for El Niño

SoCal style isn't really built for rainy weather – sundresses and hoodies, sneakers and sandals tend not to hold up well in storms. We've got some advice.

The winners and losers of LA's 2015 housing market

If you're a renter, it's been really tough out there for you. If you're someone looking to sell your home, then things were looking pretty good.

FDA ends ban on blood donations from gay/bi men

Men may donate blood under the new guidelines, but only if they have not had sex with another man in the preceding 12 months. But LGBT activists still aren't happy.

Does your workplace have an active shooter emergency plan?

Twice as many active shooter incidents took place at a business or government site compared to a school.

#WorldAIDSDay: how to change the way you talk about HIV/AIDS

'HIV stage 3,' not AIDS. 'Safer sex,' instead of safe sex.

$100M to spend on LA's homeless, but how to do it?

Is spending the money on shelters or permanent housing the most cost-effective solution?

Officer Involved: police relations differ in 2 neighborhoods

Some people act the way they do around the police because of past experience. In Beverly Grove, people shared positive feelings. In Watts, it's a different story.

Officer Involved: how to have unbiased reviews of shootings

The review of officer-involved shootings is often handled internally. Wisconsin is one of the first states to have require an independent investigation.

The Styled Side: why SoCal is celebrating China's Guo Pei

Guo Pei of top China's top designers and will be the celebrated guest this weekend, but not in New York or Milan – in Santa Ana.

A covert mouthpiece for China, based in West Covina?

There may be a covert network of radio stations that is the mouthpiece for China, with the broadcasts coming from the Southern California city of West Covina.

H&M x Balmain might be the biggest fashion collaboration ever

Balmain is helmed by French designer Olivier Rousteing, who is both young and one of the few black couture designers in the fashion world.

Bathrooms: the new battleground for LGBT rights

Houston voters shot down an anti-discrimination law that would have protected LGBT people. The debate was not about discrimination, however: it was about bathrooms.