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

Animals shelters, coming to a strip mall near you

LA city moved to allow animal shelters and pet centers in commercial areas, where in the past they were restricted to industrial zones.

That dog you see in public might not be a legit service animal

Columnist Wes Siler says he sees more and more people faking service animals, and that does real harm to those who need trained service animals in public.

Your guide to prepping for a disaster in LA

If a disaster were to strike Southern California, would you know how to prepare? Should you evacuate? What if you have a family? We've answered these questions and more.

Some blame this law for California's housing crisis

The tax measure helps homeowners by limiting how much their property taxes can grow. But its detractors say it's causing the housing crisis.

How an environment law hurts the housing market

CEQA – the California Environmental Quality Act – is being used to slow down developments for reasons other than the environment, say developers. And that's throttling the supply of homes.

Why are Trader Joe's parking lots so small?

The chain's first store opened in Pasadena 50 years ago in 1967. And while the company's grown, its parking lots have not.

Grand Central Market serves up a trend: Food halls

The success of Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. has developers and restaurateurs racing to create the next great food hall in Southern California.

Space... the final resting place?

Dreams of traveling the cosmos? Well, you can find your final resting place in Earth's orbit, the surface of the moon, or careening through deep space.

No Place like LA: Luisa, forgetting how to use windshield wipers

Driving in the rain is natural when you live outside of LA. But once you've been here for too long, you might forget a few things...

No Place Like LA: David, au revoir Paris et bonjour Los Angeles

"L.A. is a vibe, it's a lifestyle. It's freedom."

#SoCalSoCurious: Who are the cash buyers in SoCal real estate?

The short answer: tech industry folks and people with rich parents.

No Place Like LA: Julie, hating the Cubs but loving the Dodgers

She'll forever hate the Cubs, but she grew to love the Dodgers.

No Place Like LA: Jen, the LA Lady

What was your own moment that you realized L.A. truly felt like home?

Can stray animals be saved by this 14-foot tall robo-dog?

The new Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista is decked out with the latest tech, and represents the new wave in how shelters are trying to capture adopters' attentions.

Homelessness is booming mostly in LA. Why?

If you thought homelessness is booming throughout SoCal, think again. L.A. County's population shot up 23 percent, but they only went up slightly in Orange and fell a little bit in San Bernardino.