Meet the Sports Reporter Who’s Reppin’ Hard for Latinos in Los Angeles

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This is Humberto “Beto” Duran.

He’s currently the Los Angeles Lakers reporter for Time Warner Cable Deportes in Los Angeles.

To his followers on social media, he’s much more.

The former paper delivery boy isn’t afraid to share his story on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. No feed-clogging score updates or play-by-play analysis here. If you follow him, it’s like following a close friend.

A close friend with access to big names and big events.

#Lakers rookie @jclark5on with Kobe's #BackstageBeto #Salamat #HalfPinoy

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It’s all about selfies, candid pictures of athletes or giving fans an up-close look at players’ shoes and game attire.

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Beto also shares details about his life outside of sports.

Like his love for mariscos, Tapatio hot sauce and running.

Duran likes to say, “Si se pudo!” because he’s lived it.

The son of Mexican immigrants — the fifth youngest of seven siblings — Duran rose through the ranks to become a well-known sports reporter in the Los Angeles market.

He’s full of pride for his hometown and his roots.

Sweet caps available at @neweramx I'm a 7 1/4. Thanks.

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A proud Mexican-American and mama’s boy, Beto won’t pass up posting a throwback Thursday pic of his days playing baseball in Carson, CA.

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And he’s willing to give back.

Duran, a father of two, can often be found in a classroom speaking to youth about what it takes to succeed — “ganas!”

He’s also the office prankster.

Beto enjoys giving his coworkers a hard time by poking fun of their singing.

Pero Beto no se agüita.

Duran was given his walking papers from ESPN radio in Los Angeles earlier this year. Instead of holding a grudge, Duran thanked the network for the opportunity.

He’s got plenty of fight left in him.

Now on @foxsports1 its @goldenboyboxing #LAFightClub with @jessrosales1 @dougiefischer @mariolopezextra

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Duran dusted himself off and got to work. His role at TWC Deportes expanded and he picked up a gig as an announcer for Golden Boy Boxing.

What makes him a great follow on social media?

In case you need more reasons … he’s got pics of puppies.

15 Places That Prove There's More to Miami Than South Beach


15 Places That Prove There’s More to Miami Than South Beach

Places to explore in Miami
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Sure there is tons of fun to be had in South Beach — beautiful people, trendy nightspots, great beaches — but get trapped in those two and half miles and you’ll miss out on the best of what Miami has to offer.

Little Havana

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Rumor has it, if you are Latino and don’t visit Little Havana, the ghost of Celia Cruz will haunt you in your dreams. Actually, that sounds like fun. Either way, you should visit.

Versailles Restaurant

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Wanna eat where the locals eat? Versailles Restaurant on Calle Ocho is your spot. Grab a cortadito and take your pick from delicious sandwiches and pastries.

Venetian Pool

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Don’t miss out on what many consider to be the most beautiful pool in the world: the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables. It’s a freshwater pool with Italian architectural flourishes and waterfalls.

El Mago de las Fritas

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El Mago, who won’t reveal his secret recipe, is doing something right: his fritas, Cuban-style burgers, were featured in an episode of Burger Land. Oh yeah, and some guy named President Obama has been there, too, ’cause YUM!

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Club Deuce

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Club Deuce is a divey spot near South Beach. It’s been around since 1926. Best part? Their happy hour is really, really long, like 11 hours long.

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Fairchild Botanical Garden

What in the world is that Dr. Seuss looking tree?! Check out all the crazy tropical and subtropical plants at Fairchild Botanical Garden.

Churchill’s Pub

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Since opening in 1979, Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti has been a popular hub for live music.

The Broken Shaker

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Head over to The Broken Shaker where the menu of cocktails changes almost daily. The drinks are handcrafted with elixirs, infusions and herbs and spices picked from the Broken Shaker’s own garden.

Design District

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The Design District is a “neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences.” Translation: if you dig and can afford luxury living, this is for you.

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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For a second you’ll wonder if you are in Italy during the Renaissance, but check your phone’s GPS – it’ll remind you that you are in present day Biscayne Bay at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Check out all sorts of European treasures from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Little Buenos Aires

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In just a 10-block radius you can easily be transported to Argentina. Sip a cortada, have a delicious steak and listen to some old guys argue about Boca Juniors and River Plate.

The Kampong

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In Coconut Grove you’ll find The Kampong, a beautiful botanical garden with a wonderful selection of cultivated tropical fruit such as kaffir oranges, elephant apples and bael fruit.

Wynwood Walls

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An ever-changing display of free, outdoor urban art is located at Wynwood Walls, a warehouse district turned large canvas.

Pérez Art Museum

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Pérez Art Museum is housed in an award-winning building by architects Herzog & de Meuron and a must-see for it’s permanent collection of 20th and 21st century art from around the world.

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