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

We're Exploring LA County's 88 Cities. Here's Your Guide To Redondo Beach

About 63,000 people live in the city, one of the "surfurbias" of L.A. County where surf, sand and sun all shape its identity.

We're Exploring LA County's 88 Cities. First Stop: Cerritos

A little Korea, some China, toss in the Philippines, and you have a melting pot community that's amazingly diverse -- and tasty.

2018 Election: Let a judge help you judge the LA Superior Court candidates

There are 28 candidates on the ballot. We have tips on how to pick from the pack.

22 fantastic things to do this weekend in SoCal

From dachshunds, tarantulas and strawberries to wiener dog races, a vinyl swap meet and a royal wedding, your SoCal weekend is jampacked with fun events.

KPCC listener Julie felt drawn towards SF, but it was LA that became home

San Francisco was an alluring jazz song, and L.A. was tacky pop. Unexpectedly, Julie fell for that pop song.

Drag queen spokesmodels can help businesses slay the competition

Ad companies once used drag queens as jokes, but now several businesses have found drag queen spokesmodels help them win over customers.

DragCon brings thousands to DTLA this weekend. We have your guide.

It's not just for drag queens: it's for their fans, who include grandparents, teen girls and more.

Seeing L.A. tear itself apart made Michelle realize the city was home

She discovered L.A. was home as she cried watching the city burn during the Rodney King riots.

Vintage safe sex ads might hold clues to solving today's STI uptick

A retrospective of jarring, creative and groundbreaking safer sex campaigns is now on display in the exhibition "Lost and Found" at the ONE Gallery in West Hollywood.

How a genealogy site helped solve the Golden State Killer case

A familial DNA match from a genealogy website led to the arrest of suspect Joseph DeAngelo. That technique may become more common and that has serious implications for medical privacy.



How SoCal's bright colors made KPCC listener Ranjana feel at home

Ranjana Kishore comes from a part of southern India that's vibrant with colors. When she visited Pasadena for the first time, she was taken aback by how stunning it could be, too.

For Luceli, being an Angeleno means feeling cold in moderate temps

When she ran out to get something from her car, she thought it was freezing. But not her family...

Isabelle, a KPCC listener, learned to love SoCal through its native plants

If you're zooming by the highway, SoCal's landscapes can look dead and brownish. But Isabelle took a closer look at what was growing in the ground.

Inside the fight between LA Weekly’s past and present

When the LA Weekly was sold last year, a group opposing the new ownership formed, called Boycott LA Weekly. This week the paper launched its own campaign, #Speaktruth.