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

I scream, you scream, for turkey-flavored ice cream

With Thanksgiving expected to be a scorcher this year, we explore some cooler options, including a full Thanksgiving meal...in ice cream form.

This LA trans activist is helping others afford surgery

There are only about a handful of programs that give money to trans people in need of surgery. One of them is based in LA and run by local activist Rizi Timane.

No Place Like LA: Hate traffic? It makes Polly feel at home

To KPCC listener Polly Morris, the open spaces of Arizona had nothing on the traffic - and vibrant life - of L.A.

Joshua Tree locals are torn about the area's tourism "boom"

Millions of people are visiting the Joshua Tree area each year. Some locals see that as great, while others are worried that tourists aren't treating the desert right.

No Place Like LA: Travis, and the Jennifer/Genaphyr at Starbucks

"I came out here and I got to create who I was. I got to write my own 'name' how I wanted to write it. We're all misfits."

Grand Central Market turns 100 — and it has lived many lives

The owner of a long-time stall that sells Latino groceries talks about how the food hall has changed in recent years.

How to take the best pics inside the Infinity Mirrors exhibit

The new installations by artist Yayoi Kusama were designed with selfie culture in mind. Take advantage of the social media storm.

How the insurance process works for wildfire victims

The wildfires in Northern California caused tens of thousands of Californians to lose their homes at the same time.

Rising number of racist incidents at Cal State Long Beach

Racist words were scrawled on a campus bathroom wall. University president Jane Close Conoley emailed the entire campus to vigorously condemn it.

Is Harvey Weinstein ‘just the tip of the iceberg’?

"There's going to be a lot more stories revealed because women are feeling empowered and seeing that there's potential to be heard and for there to be some change."

High-rises and high tensions in Long Beach

Long Beach may allow more high-rises in certain parts of the city, and that's led to chaotic and contentious town hall meetings.

These crazy new PSAs want you to be a better Metro rider

Do you eat on a train? Take up extra seats on the bus when you don't need them? You might be a Metro Rude Dude.

No Place Like LA: Melissa, and the expensive $250 lesson

When was the moment you felt like you truly belonged in LA? For Melissa, it was when she got a really hefty fine.

No Place Like LA: Paul, finding his LA identity in Texas

No Place Like LA is our new series that asks transplants and immigrants to LA, "When was the moment you felt that Los Angeles was truly home?"

Here's how the Measure H sales tax increase is helping the homeless

The sales tax in L.A. County jumped 1/4 percent on Sunday. The money is for homeless services, but there are hurdles to building homes to go with them.