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

Jenner accepts ESPY award, but here's what one audience member saw

On TV, it looked like Jenner got a standing ovation. But former NFL player Wade Davis was in the audience and he saw something different.

#TransPride to be electric, but work is far from over

Transgender people are riding a high, with Caitlyn Jenner and her transition story at the crest of that wave. But there are many more issues they plan to tackle.

Pride ads are here, but they're not just for LGBT people

LGBT people are just 3.5 percent of America, and these ads aren't just for them: they're for millennials, too.

Want to make your cat an Internet celeb? Prepare to be a stage mother

Leo Duran has a cute cat. But is it a marketable cat?

CatCon LA is coming. Here's what you should know

Have a purrfect weekend by heading to the first ever cat-fan conference, debuting in downtown Los Angeles.

Does CicLAvia lead to more cyclists in SoCal?

The best outcome for organizers is that people ride the event and then change their routines to bike more. KPCC's Leo Duran tried to see if that's happening.

DragCon starts in LA, and we were there

RuPaul said that it was created to give his fans and LGBT people, in general, to take the online connections they've made to create bonds in-person.

SoCal cities racing to regulate Airbnb as its popularity climbs

Many communities never anticipated businesses like Airbnb to explode, leaving them with legal headaches.

Rebuilding the rep of police officers...through PR

For police officers who've lost all trust from the community, PR expert John Guilfoil says departments need to change from within and be more open.

SoCal needs to build more homes, but 'density' is a tough sell

Santa Monica officials are set to approve taller buildings to bring more housing to the area, but residents say density will change the city's character.

California has a housing crisis, but people don't like the solution: density

The state needs to build more homes to address the high cost of housing – more homes means lower prices. But few people like the way to get there: density.

Santa Monica inches toward regulating short-term rentals; LA considers its own law

The council voiced unanimous support for a measure that only allows short-term and vacation rentals through websites like AirBnB if hosts stay under the same roof with guests and pay a tax.

Santa Monica debates tough restrictions for AirBnb, VRBO

The council is considering a ban on most vacation rentals. Timeshares, home-swaps, and home-sharing would be allowed.

Renter FAQ: What to do if you get an eviction notice under the Ellis Act

Evictions from rent-controlled apartments are on the rise. If you get an eviction notice, here are your rights and answers to your questions.

Ellis Act evictions in LA on the rise

More landlords are using the law to sell their buildings and evict tenants in rent-controlled apartments as the economy improves and the housing market tightens.