Leo Laporte

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Leo Laporte in 2011, broadcasting at the TWiT Cottage

Leo Gordon Laporte (born November 29, 1956 in Manhattan, New York City) is an Emmy Award winning, American technology broadcaster, journalist, author and founder of TWiT. Laporte currently resides in Petaluma, California, USA.

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Personal Life

Laporte is a native of Providence, Rhode Island but now lives in California. He married Jennifer and had two children with her, Henry and Abby, who hosted a short-lived show about teenagers' issues, called Abby's Road.

They separated in 2010, although he had not made it immediately public. In 2011 on an episode of This Week in Google, Leo accidentally showed erotic messages he had with Lisa Kentzell, sparking controversy that he was having an affair, when in actual fact he was already divorced for over a year. The story even made international news, landing on the British Tabloid paper, The Daily Mail on Christmas Day. [1]

Background

Laporte studied Chinese history at Yale University before dropping out in his junior year to pursue his career in radio broadcasting, where his early radio names were Dave Allen and Dan Hayes. While a radio broadcaster, he interviewed Walter Cronkite in 1987, who today remains Leo's favourite guest. He began his association with computers with his first home PC, an Atari 400. Laporte said he purchased his first Macintosh in 1984. He operated one of the first Macintosh-only bulletin board systems, MacQueue, from 1985 to 1988.

Other Work

Past

Laporte has worked on technology-related broadcasting projects, including Dvorak On Computers in January 1991 (co-hosted with computer pundit John C. Dvorak), and Laporte On Computers on KGO Radio and KSFO in San Francisco. Laporte also hosted Internet! on PBS, and The Personal Computing Show on CNBC. In 1997, he earned an Emmy Award for his work on MSNBC's The Site, where he created the motion capture character Dev Null.

In 1998, he created and co-hosted The Screen Savers and the original version of Call for Help on the cable and satellite network ZDTV (later TechTV). Laporte left The Screen Savers in 2004, and later left the network after a dispute with Vulcan Ventures, over stock ownership and the cancellation of Call for Help. His contract ended on March 31, and his absence from The Screen Savers on April 1 was originally believed to be an April Fool's Day joke. Laporte has also acted, playing Uncle Charlie in the movie Phoenix Rising.

Laporte was the host of the daily television show The Lab with Leo Laporte, recorded in Vancouver, Canada. The program had formerly been known as Call for Help when it was recorded in the U.S. and Toronto. The series aired on G4techTV Canada, on the HOW TO Channel in Australia, on several of Canada's Citytv affiliates, and on Google Video. On March 5, 2008, Laporte confirmed on net@nite that The Lab with Leo Laporte had been canceled by Rogers Communications. The HOW TO Channel refused to air the remaining episodes after it was announced the show had been canceled.

Current

He hosts a weekend technology-oriented talk radio program show titled Leo Laporte: The Tech Guy. The show, started on KFI AM 640 (Los Angeles), is now syndicated through Premiere Radio Networks, and on XM Satellite Radio. Laporte also appears semi-regularly on Showbiz Tonight, Live with Kelly, World News Now, and briefly with Bill Handel on Friday mornings on KFI. He has also been a guest technology expert on numerous talk radio programs in local markets across the U.S. and Canada.

TWiT

As founder or Chief TWiT, Laporte hosts or co-hosts most of the shows on the TWiT network, which includes:

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