Léo Gordon Laporte (pronounced /ləˈpɔrt/; born November 29, 1956 in Manhattan, New York City) is an Emmy Award winning, American technology broadcaster, author, and entrepreneur.
Laporte has created, hosted, and contributed to a number of technology-related broadcasting projects. He created and co-hosted Dvorak On Computers in January 1991 (co-hosted with computer pundit John Dvorak), and hosted Laporte On Computers on KGO Radio and KSFO in San Francisco. In addition, 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, a daily Monday through Saturday hour-long news magazine he helped create and appeared on in the role of a computer-generated character named 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 Tech TV).
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 City tv affiliates, and on Google Video some weeks after initial broadcast.
He also hosts a weekend technology-oriented talk radio program show titled Leo Laporte: The Tech Guy. The show, once an exclusive to KFI AM 640 (Los Angeles), is now syndicated on nearly 140 North American radio stations through Premiere Radio Networks, and on XM Satellite Radio. Laporte appears semi-regularly on Showbiz Tonight, Live with Regis and 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.
Laporte has authored a number of technology-oriented books such as 101 Computer Answers You Need to Know, Leo Laporte’s 2005 Gadget Guide, Leo Laporte’s Guide to TiVo, Leo Laporte’s Guide to Mac OS X Tiger and Leo Laporte’s PC Help Desk. Laporte has also published a yearly series of technology almanacs: Leo Laporte’s Technology Almanac and Poor Leo’s Computer Almanac. Laporte’s latest and last book is Leo Laporte’s 2006 Technology Almanac.
Throughout his career, he has contributed to a number of periodicals such as BYTE, Info World, and Mac User.
Laporte currently owns and operates a net cast network, TWiT.tv. The name is derived from the network’s award-winning flagship podcast This Week in Tech, or TWiT, which is hosted by Laporte.