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

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

From beer fests and poke bowls to DIY holiday crafting and temporary tattoos, here are ways to unwind.

Explaining Measure JJJ and its vision for LA housing

It promises affordable housing, local union jobs and transit-oriented developments. Opponents say it would slow the pace of building in the city.

How trans politics changed who 'Hedwig's' audience is

The show's star, Darren Criss, says America is able to embrace the show differently due to growing awareness of gender identity.

LGBT groups are split on protections for trans people in bathrooms

Should they spend resources fighting to protect trans people's right to use bathrooms of the gender they identify as?

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

From a comic convention to a massive zombie crawl, we've rounded up the top things to do this weekend — for the Halloween-abstinent and -obsessed (mostly the latter).

Your guide to Measure JJJ: How it might change LA

Supporters say more affordable housing will be built if it passes, but critics say it doesn't address L.A.'s housing shortage, which is the true cause of rising rents.

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

Choose from a food block party, a guinea pig rescue festival, a craft fair for local vendors, a photo exhibition and more.

A Nation Engaged: being transgender means you have two American identities

The you as you are now, and the you before you transitioned. Making sure the government sees that new you can be an arduous process.

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

This weekend is jam packed with something for everyone — whether you're already in the Halloween spirit or not.

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

It's officially October, and the harvest season is settling in (as is a pumpkin spice haze). This weekend Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, Mexican food and more are in store.

The Styled Side: what to wear when you're biking

You don't have to wear spandex when you pedal. More companies are designing functional clothes for biking that also look great off the bike.

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

The weather might be saying otherwise, but fall is in full swing and so is the weekend. From Oktoberfest to a chocolate festival, it's time to drink it all in.

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

Ah, the sweet smell of Friday. This week it's accompanied by the aroma of Italian cuisine and a brewery crawl. We've got the details.

7 fun ways to spend your weekend in SoCal

Hang out with butterflies, get a henna tattoo or dance to Daft Punk on the Santa Monica Pier. The weekend train awaits, are you hopping aboard?

Nation's 1st transgender jobs program starts at Mid-City El Pollo Loco

The project will place trans job seekers into entry-level positions at restaurants throughout the state, in collaboration with the California Restaurant Association.