Leo Laporte

Leo Laporte


11/29/1956, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name

Leo Gordon Laporte


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Leo Laporte is well known in the computer industry as an author and a computer expert, but it's his pleasant and encouraging attitute towards people who are computer illiterate that makes him one of the most popular in the industry. An icon in the world of technology since…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Laporte is the only person on the US version of the G4 network to have his show cancelled twice (Call for Help).

    • Leo was the only personality to have been a part of both incarnations of the show Call for Help on the G4 Network.

    • On February 4th, 2006 Leo will take part in "Mac Mania IV", a cruise devoted those interested in learning more and celebrating the Macintosh line of computers. He will be part of a panel with Macintosh computer experts Steve Wozniak and Burt Monroy.

    • Leo hosts his internet interview podcast show "This Week in Tech" with fellow Call for Help Co-host Amber MacArthur.

    • Leo's podcast This Week in Tech recently won the award for "The Year's Best Podcast" at the 2005 Podcasting Expo.

    • Laporte was the creator and host for two shows developed for the TechTV network: Call for Help and The Screen Savers.

    • Leo's last name is pronounced "la-port" as in report.

    • Although he is best known for being
      knowledgeable in computers and technology, Leo received his college major in Chinese History (Yale University, 1976).

    • Along with his television and radio hosting duties, Leo also produces four podcasts: The Laporte Report, Security Now! with Steve Gibson, This WEEK in TECH, and his KFI radio talk show.

    • In addition to his television duties, Leo currently hosts a weekend technology based radio talk show in Los Angeles, California. The show can be heard on on station KFI 640AM.

    • Leo is credited for writing the software for the popular Macintosh open source programs Q Dial and Mac Arc.

    • Was a Contributing Editor at "Access Magazine" for two years (2000-2001).

    • His "Leo Laporte's 2003 Technology Almanac" was chosen as Pearson Publishing's "Book of the Year".

    • From 1985 to 1988 Leo operated one of the first Macintosh only computer BBSs called Mac Queue.

    • In the great computer debate of Mac vs. Windows, Leo is a die-hard Mac user.

    • Leo currently hosts and produces the extremely popular TWiT (This Week in Tech) one of the most listened to podcast in the world. Formerly known as TROTSS (The Revenge of the Screen Savers), the podcast is made up of former TechTV employees and members of the popular yet cancelled show The Screen Savers.

    • Laporte is the author the "Leo Laporte's Technology Almanac" series of books since 2001. His 2003 update of the series was chosen as Pearson Publishing's "Book of the Year".

    • Originally hosted TechTV's Call For Help from 1998 until 2001. He returned as host in the spring of 2003 after his successor, Chris Pirillo, left and remained there through the series' abrupt cancellation during the G4/TechTV merger in May of 2004. The show, however, did continue on the Canadian network vesion of G4 called G4TechTV. In 2005 Call for Help was again cancelled in the U.S.

  • Quotes

  • What a great tv host

    Finally a host who has brains. Leo Laporte at least knows what he is talking about. HE knows the technology and does his research.. He is even fun to watch.. He has a sense of humor and knows when to use it. I loved when he hosted Call for help and The Screensavers. He helped people like me become able to use a computer and understand things more. I really wish G4 would give him a chance. I think G4 kicked him out cause of his age. But he is so much fun to watch. He really livins things up and has knowlegde to back up his talk.moreless
  • Leo keeps it simple for the rest of us.

    In a world where technology grows increasingly more complicated, it is refreshing to have an individual who takes this technology and breaks it down so everyone can enjoy it. Leo Laporte is one of those people.

    His energetic yet simple approach to technology allows people to enjoy computers, televisions and ipods more, no matter what their age. Many technology "gurus" feel that computers are "their's" and that certain bits of information should only be shared with their elite group of tech buffs. Leo Laporte believes that technology should be used by everyone, and that you shouldn't be afraid of it.

    I first caught Leo's work on his show The Screen Savers. He was like the cool parent that got excited over the newest computer release or the latest news about the internet. What I really liked was the way he would take calls and simplify his answers so that non-tech people could understand it. Not only that, but he would give multiple options on how to solve the problem. Also, when an interview was getting a little to technical, he would guide it back to basics. I then watched his Call for Help which spent an entire hour devoted to solving people's technology related problems. Unfortunately, due to a network buy-out and later a network "demographic" overhaul, Leo's shows were cancelled in the United States. Now Laporte's fans can find him on the internet with his weekly podcasts.

    So if you ever need help with your Personal "Confuser", all you need is Leo to help you out.moreless