Leo Laporte

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Leo Laporte
Leo Laporte 27 September 2007.jpg
Birth name Leo Gordon Laporte
Born (1956-11-29) November 29, 1956 (age 60)
New York City, New York
Alma mater Yale University
Show Approx. 20 shows on the TWiT netcast network, also The Tech Guy through Premiere Networks
Station(s) TWiT TV LLC; Premiere Networks
Time slot Saturdays and Sundays live at 11:00 am PT (19:00 UTC/18:00 UTC during US DST), 3 hours
Children 2

Leo Gordon Laporte (/ləˈpɔːrt/; born November 29, 1956)[1] is an American technology broadcaster, author, entrepreneur, and head of TWiT.tv.


Laporte, the son of a geologist, studied Chinese history at Yale University before dropping out in his junior year to pursue his career in radio broadcasting,[2] where his early on-air names were Dave Allen and Dan Hayes.[3] He began his association with computers with his first home PC, an Atari 400.[4]

Television and radio[edit]

Laporte has worked on technology-related broadcasting projects, including Dvorak on Computers in January 1991 (co-hosted with technology writer John C. Dvorak), and Laporte on Computers on KGO Radio and KSFO in San Francisco.[5]

In 1997, Laporte was awarded a Northern California Emmy for his role as Dev Null, a motion capture character on the MSNBC show The Site.

In 1998, Laporte created and co-hosted The Screen Savers,[6] and the original version of Call for Help on the cable and satellite network ZDTV (later TechTV).[7]

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 G4 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[8] 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.[9][10]

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. Laporte also appears on Friday mornings on KFI with Bill Handel, and previously on such shows as Showbiz Tonight,[11] Live with Kelly,[12] and World News Now.


Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur

Laporte has written technology-oriented books including:

He has published a yearly series of technology almanacs:

Laporte announced in October 2006 that he would not renew his contract with Que Publishing, and had retired from publishing books.

In 2008, Laporte did a voice narration of the public domain[14] fable[15] The True History of Little Golden-hood[16] by Andrew Lang[17] from Audible (Amazon), a sponsor.[18]


Laporte owns and operates a podcast network, TWiT.tv with his wife[19] Lisa Laporte. Its shows are available on iTunes and other podcast subscription services. Before the expansion to new facilities in 2011, Laporte said TWiT earned $1.5 million annually on a production cost of $350,000.[20] In a 2012 Reddit posting, he commented that revenue was approaching $4 million.[21] Laporte has a net worth of $5 million.[22]

The TWiT studios are located in Petaluma, California, where Laporte lives. On August 21, 2016, they moved into their current facilities at 1351-B Redwood Way.[23] The TWiT studios have always been in Petaluma, but in three different locations. TWiT identified the first as the "TWiT Cottage," the second as the "TWiT Brick House," and the current location as the "TWiT Eastside Studios."[24][25][23]


  1. ^ Leo Laporte Information. TV.com
  2. ^ Schwartzman, Eric (September 1, 2005). "On the Record...Online with Leo Laporte of This Week in Tech". On the Record Online. 
  3. ^ TwitLive Broadcast, after hours, 2008-12-09
  4. ^ Focus On: Leo G4 Archived September 26, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Podcasting's Reluctant Evangelist". WIRED. 
  6. ^ "Attack of the Show!: Finale Features Return of The Screen Savers". tvseriesfinale.com. 
  7. ^ "Call for Help". TV.com. CBS Interactive. 
  8. ^ The Lab with Leo Laporte Internet Archive
  9. ^ Lab with Leo off TV in Australia – Let us See the Remaining Episodes Archived August 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Response from How-To Channel Australia Regarding The Lab with Leo Archived August 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "CNN.com - Transcripts". cnn.com. 
  12. ^ Leoville: Live with Regis and Kelly Archived March 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Laporte, Leo; Stauffer, Todd (2005). "Leo Laporte's 2005 Mac gadget guide". Indianapolis, IN: Que. ISBN 0789731746. LCCN 2004107074. Free eBook from the Internet Archive 
  14. ^ Books by Lang, Andrew - Project Gutenberg
  15. ^ Little Red Riding Hood and other tales of Aarne-Thompson-Uther type 333 translated and/or edited by D. L. Ashliman
  16. ^ The Red Fairy Book, by Andrew Lang : THE TRUE HISTORY OF LITTLE GOLDEN HOOD
  17. ^ Andrew Lang, 1844-1912
  18. ^ TWiT.TV - this WEEK in TECH
  19. ^ Danae Ringelmann interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the TWiT.tv network
  20. ^ Pete Cashmore. "Leo Laporte Makes $1.5 Million Per Year from Podcasting". Mashable. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  21. ^ Leo Laporte. "TWiT revenue at $4 million". Reddit. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  22. ^ Laporte, Leo. "Leo Laporte Net Worth". Celebrity Net Worth. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "TWiT Eastside Studio FAQ". The Official TWiT Wiki. 
  24. ^ "TWiT Cottage". The Official TWiT Wiki. 
  25. ^ "TWiT Brick House". The Official TWiT Wiki. 

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