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 Styled Side: presidential campaign couture

While we've parsed over the candidate's platforms and statements, their looks are just as important.

Walking while black: drivers less likely to stop for black pedestrians

Drivers are less likely to stop for African-American men. Those pedestrians spent 32 percent more time waiting for cars to slow down compared to white pedestrians.

The Styled Side: Halloween's here, so it's time for...Christmas shopping?!

Even though Halloween isn't here yet, some of our staffers have already seen Christmas displays in stores. Michelle Dalton Tyree has some holiday shopping advice.

Slideshow: Inside a lesbian feminist haunted house

From Internet trolls to tampons, step inside a lesbian feminist haunted house in West Hollywood that's meant to "pervert, not convert."

Transgender inmates can now get gender reassignment surgery

California is the first state that has agreed to cover gender reassignment surgery. But determining how to do that and who qualifies hasn't been easy.

A new partnership to get the IE more health care workers

High schools, universities, health providers and more are all teaming up to streamline the education process to get students graduating in the health care field.

New law regulates prescription drugs for foster children

Karen de Sa discovered that nearly one in four foster children in California was prescribed powerful psychotropic drugs, some only legal to use on adults.

The Styled Side: A preview of Modernism Week in Palm Springs

The February event is so large that organizers have a preview of it starting Oct. 9 that includes tours of the Sunnylands Estate, furniture sales and more.

The secret identity of LA lawmaker Mike Bonin

Mike Bonin is a huge fan of DC superheroes, with more than 100 figures in just his city hall office (there are even more at his home).

A new LGBT center opens in Boyle Heights

Mi Centro is designed to cater to Latinos who live in the neighborhood but also be easier to get to than other options.

If 'Stonewall' gets LGBT history wrong, who makes it right?

The LGBT community is very diverse, and not everyone agrees on the history of the rights movement and who gets to tell that story.

'Fearless' LGBT athletes who were out years before Jason Collins and Michael Sam

There are hundreds and thousands of LGBT college and high school athletes. Jeff Sheng spent the past 13 years taking their portraits for his new book, "Fearless."

The Dow may tumble, but chill, you'll be okay

You shouldn't worry about Black Monday. Most people will be completely fine, says financial planner Delia Fernandez.

YouTube has a lead on LGBT outreach, and he's becoming his own YouTube star

LGBT people upload many videos to YouTube. But here's something you probably didn't know: YouTube has a person in charge of reaching out to the LGBT community.

The trans movement - is this the transgender community's moment?

With the recent Vanity Fair cover shot of Caitlyn Jenner, and the attention that Orange is the New Black trans actress Laverne Cox are getting, many people feel that we are living in a transgender movement.