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

What all businesses can do to be trans-friendly

"Trans people are in the workplace and they could be the person in the next cubicle. Being respectful of other people is a basic thing that people expect at work."

8 fun ways to spend your weekend in SoCal

Embrace autumn at a fall market, soak in the end of summer at Lobster Fest or participate in the year-long pastime of beer drinking. Whatever you decide, we've got the details.

9 things to do if you're staying in town over Labor Day weekend

Don't have plans to camp, barbecue or skip town this weekend? Fried food at the fair, drive-in movies and an international street fair are all highlights for the long weekend.

10 fun ways to spend your weekend in SoCal

This weekend watermelon, avocado, Shakespeare and Bollywood are all having a special moment somewhere in SoCal. Hop on the weekend train, and enjoy!

9 ways to jazz up the last weekend of July

Eat food. Go to festivals. Celebrate Halloween in July. We've got the details you need to get out of your house this weekend.

7 ways to spend your SoCal weekend—with or without Pokémon Go

Whether or not Pokemon Go is your motivation for getting out of the house this weekend, try these suggestions for things to do — everything from a Hello Kitty Cafe to a hot sauce expo. Catch them all!

Fourth of July weekend: 10 things to do if you're staying in town

It's Independence Day weekend! Time to light up the sky with "safe and sane" fireworks, barbecue and swim — or go to an anime convention. We've got the details.

Faith-based colleges take stand against an LGBT rights bill

S.B. 1146 would protect LGBT students on college campuses from discrimination, but several colleges say the law would undermine their religious teachings.

Trans activists wish Caitlyn Jenner didn't represent them

The people Jenner set out to help are uneasy because of her conservative politics and, recently she said Trump is better than Democrats on trans issues.

An all-glass slide opens atop a downtown LA skyscraper

You'll be able to see as far out as 34 miles as well as to the ground below.

From Harry Potter to Politicon: 7 ways to spend your weekend

This weekend boils down to one word: nerds. And that's coming from us, a bunch of nerds who love our fellow nerds. Whether you're into politics, cats, musicals or Harry Potter, you can be with your own kind.

80 percent of LGBT people killed are minorities

When violence strikes the LGBT community, the victims often look like those who died in the Orlando tragedy.

LA developing national model to help LGBT foster kids

Some parents are afraid to foster or adopt an LGBT kid because they think they're different. Experts are trying to teach people that they aren't.

Shooter? Oh, I hope they’re not (insert race).

As details of deadly sprees emerge, many minorities, fearing retaliation, find themselves hoping the perpetrator doesn’t look like them.

Should all big developments in Santa Monica be up for a public vote?

If the LUVE initiative passes, then all developments taller than two stories would have to be voted on by the public.