Leo Duran

Producer and Reporter, Take Two

Contact Leo Duran

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

The Queen Mary may be sunk without millions for repairs

The decommissioned cruise ship has been a Long Beach tourist destination for many years, but lack of maintenance has made it a costly problem for the city.

Republicans coined 'Obamacare,' now Democrats are coining 'Trumpcare'

What's in a name on a health care bill? A lot of political points with voters.

6 things to do this weekend — mostly outdoors

Looks like the heat is here to stay for a while — so lather on that SPF and take advantage at an outdoor color festival, a kite-flying jamboree or a book fiesta in the park.

How would you spend the money from H and HHH?

There's $1.2 billion for housing and about $355 million each year for services. So what kinds of homes and programs will get that cash?

Workplace fighting has gotten worse since Nov. 9

Yes, it's because of the election. And social media has seemed to add fuel to that fire, too.

Trump's travel ban could hurt LA's tourism industry

About 300,000 fewer international tourists could come to Los Angeles in 2017 as a result of the ban, which would mean an estimated drop of $220 million in tourism revenue, an official with the L.A. Tourism & Convention Board said.

Oh Snap! School makes $24M off investment in Snapchat

St. Francis High School in Mountain View gave $15,000 in seed money to the company in 2012 when it first started.

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

The weekend is looking sunny and warm, so throw your sunglasses on and thaw out! Choose from a whale festival, cherry blossom festival, or an open streets event for a much needed outdoor excursion.

Los fey-LEESE or Los FEE-lez?

How do you pronounce the L.A. neighborhood?

Worried about over-development in LA? It has to do with zoning

Los Angeles has green-lit hundreds of big-scale projects in areas that aren't zoned for it. But some of those zoning maps are decades old.

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

There's a whole lot going on besides the Oscars in Hollywood, from a coffee convention to a flashy Mardi Gras celebration. So seize the weekend!

He's got a green card — politics drove him to seek citizenship

KPCC listener Everardo Landero was content to be a legal permanent resident to the U.S. But politics and family convinced him to apply for American citizenship.

Here are the steps it takes to become a US citizen

Some green card holders are choosing to become U.S. citizens. The process can be done in under a year. These are the steps involved.

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

The area might be in for a huge rain storm this weekend, but that shouldn't stop you from living it up— who can resist free chocolate or a Scottish festival?

One of nation's 1st organized LGBT protests was 50 years ago in LA

It happened at The Black Cat Tavern in Silver Lake, two years before NYC's Stonewall riots.