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

FaceHaus, Drybar and the beautiful business of single-service salons

Drybar broke expectations by being a hit despite only offering blowouts. Salons like FaceHaus are following suit by just doing facials.

Why there's a divide in how we react to Ferguson

Ferguson joins the growing list of racially-tinged events that prompt severe divisions in how the general public perceives what happened, and what should happen. That is, in part, because we all have biases -- whether we want to acknowledge them or not -- that stem from the subtle experiences that we gather over a lifetime.

Thanksgiving traffic worst in LA: 6 tips for hassle-free travel

While you might have a lot to be thankful for this holiday weekend, save the biggest pats on the back for yourself if you didn't have to drive around. AAA offers tips for getting around.

LA jail has the only 'gay wing' for male inmates

It's the only one of its kind in a major city, created to protect these prisoners from the violence and harassment they might face in the general population side of the jail.

LGBT vet: The military's culture didn't change when Don't Ask Don't Tell ended

"For me it's about trust," says Air Force veteran Brad Badgley, "and that could be a difficult thing for people who've had their entire career in the military experience discrimination."

I threw my cat a birthday party. Here's how you can, too.

Pet parties are actually a big thing, so KPCC's Leo Duran went all out to celebrate his own cat, including a cat-themed playlist and "kitty litter" cake.

Why an Inland Empire city became home to warehouses and $2.36 million bribes

Moreno Valley, located deep in the Inland Empire, is a major artery of commerce that's home to many warehouses. But it's also a home to political corruption where the FBI paid out the largest bribe ever in a sting to catch a public official: $2.36 million.

Are you scared of clowns just to be cool?

"It just seems fashionable, right now," says Guilford Adams, aka Gilly the Clown. But there's a science behind the scare and some groups of people are more scared than others.

Will SoCal's love of pools dry up with the drought?

California is in the midst of another historic drought. Having a cool, standing pool of water in the backyard isn't the best way to convey that you're passionate about conservation.

Latinos could be voting Republican now if it weren't for immigration

Latinos only make-up single digit percentages in several unexpected southern and midwestern states, but politicians should pay attention now to set the right tone for when millions more of them become eligible to vote.

Wanted: New LAUSD superintendent

John Deasy's successor will have a tough balancing act in making people happy. But what do people with a vested interest in LAUSD want in their next leader?

Gay marriage supporters happy and disappointed by the Supreme Court

Many had hoped the high court would take on at least one of those cases to directly address the question of whether same-sex marriage is legal throughout the whole nation.

The history of California's gardens has its roots in immigration

The story of the botanical gardens big and small throughout southern California is more than just about seeds and earth -- it's the story of people who toil away in the dirt to make it happen.

What to expect at Los Angeles' 1st cat café

The Catfé is a pop-up cafe with cats that's only open this weekend. Get your cuddles on now.

New exhibit shines spotlight on famed drag performer Mario Montez

Mario Montez was one of Andy Warhol's superstars, but he was a celebrated artist in his own right, too.