Gil Duran is the California opinion editor for The Sacramento Bee and the former Press Secretary for California governor Jerry Brown. He previously served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein from 2008 to 2010. He also served as Press Secretary to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from 2007 to 2008. In 2018 Duran was named the California opinion editor for The Sacramento Bee and oversees strategy for McClatchy's five California news organizations: The Sacramento Bee, The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee, The Merced Sun-Star and The Tribune in San Luis Obispo.
Duran attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky and DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Duran was profiled in Esquire magazine speaking about his mother.