Dorian Merina Reporter/ Producer, Take Two

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Dorian Merina is Reporter/ Producer for KPCC's Take Two show.

Dorian is an L.A. native but he’s lived and reported from many places, including New York, Manila and Jakarta. A former teacher and artist (he still writes poetry!), Dorian started in journalism in 2006, writing for a variety of publications. He then went on to get his masters at the Columbia School of Journalism while working at WNYC, producing show segments and reporting.

More recently, he served as an anchor and producer for the Free Speech Radio News, but took a break from there in 2010 to be a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines. He relied on archival research and field recording to document indigenous oral poetry, called Laji, on the Batanes Islands there.

As many of his former colleagues have noted, Dorian has an ability to detect and report on those people and places that do not get a lot of coverage in the news. He speaks both Spanish and Tagalog and is a self-proclaimed soccer nut.


Stories by Dorian Merina

Ships lead ocean trash cleanup from Hawaii to California

The ships are part of the largest-ever clean up effort of ocean trash, launched from Hawaii and sweeping across the Pacific.

Fleeing violence in Central America, families face complex path to asylum in the US

Rising violence in parts of Central America presents challenges for asylum seekers and US officials.

Here's how Obama's fight against heroin impacts SoCal

The Obama administration is emphasizing treatment in a $13.4-million bid to staunch the rising heroin epidemic in the country.

3 years after DACA, young immigrants see change, uncertainty

Three years ago this week, the U.S. began granting temporary deportation relief to young undocumented migrants. We look at what's changed.

Amde Hamilton, founding member of the Watts Prophets, on growing up in South LA and the power of art

Amde Hamilton, founding member of the Watts Prophets, talks about the group's influence on art and activism in South LA.

LASA, Filipino pop-up spot, makes traditional cuisine trendy

Brothers Chase and Chad Valencia are behind the project. They recently dropped by KPCC's studios, along with food blogger Abby Abanes.

'El Chapo' escape a 'PR disaster' for Mexican government

Mexico's most powerful drug lord escaped from a high-security prison for the second time in 15 years —an embarrassment for President Peña Nieto.

FCC closer to approving low-income Internet subsidies

The plan aims to close the digital divide by subsidizing broadband to poor residents. In LA, that could mean more access for the city's cut-off areas.

Why Southern California is 'ground zero' for the new military veterans movement

Nearly two million military veterans live in California, including about 244,000 who served in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – a new, and younger generation that's driving a push for change.

Soldadera: art show in East LA explores women of the Mexican Revolution

Artist Nao Bustamente's new show uses video, archival photos to explore the overlooked role of women in the Mexican Revolution.

USA vs. Mexico: goal-scoring thrill ahead of World Cup

The U.S. Women's Soccer team beat Mexico Sunday in a game that displayed some much-needed goal-scoring ahead of next month's World Cup in Canada. 

9 months after new policy, migrant youth still face high deportation rate

Data obtained by KPCC show that most youth in Los Angeles are being denied relief and are still facing the courts without an attorney, despite a change in policy.

New generation of Vietnamese art explores past, pushes boundaries

We sit down with three Vietnamese American artists who are using art to explore new territory: family, memory, silence.

Cambodians in Long Beach mark genocide: 'These are the survivors'

The Vietnam War also spilled over into Cambodia. Today, a community in Long Beach comes to terms with the tragedy that sent thousands fleeing.

From Saigon to Ho Chi Minh: a city transforms, holding to its past

Saigon is transforming itself into an economic power in Southeast Asia, striving to balance communist rule and changing political dynamics.