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

Pacoima, success and struggle in reducing crime

Amid rising crime, Pacoima residents are hoping that hard-won gains against gang violence will turn back the tide.

Why LA's crime rate is on the rise

Violent crime in Los Angeles has increased for two years in a row. A panel of experts examine why and what is being done to tackle the issue

Black and undocumented: 'I didn't know anybody else like me'

As the debate on immigration heats up, some are hoping to inject a new perspective into the conversation: that of those who are both black and undocumented.

Meet the Trappist monk who inspired Apple's iconic design

Chances are that if you've opened a Mac computer or typed a few lines on a keyboard, you've probably used a font inspired by a former Trappist monk named Father Robert Palladino.

From LA's historic black cinema to fostering art in Leimert Park

The all-white field of Oscar nominees is prompting calls to promote diversity in filmmaking. But decades ago, L.A. was home to an ambitious program to do just that.

Crenshaw shops weigh challenges, promise of new train line

The new Crenshaw/LAX metro could bring much-needed development to LA – and local residents are both hopeful and wary of the changes already underway.

A look inside the vast, violent network of Latin America's drug lords

The story of drug gangs in the Americas is one that stretches from the favelas of Brazil to the remote mountains of Mexico to U.S. towns and cities.

Head of LA's police commission on reform: 'You have to change hearts and minds'

From Chicago to South Carolina, New York to Cleveland, police shootings and questions of how and when officers use force are drawing increased scrutiny.

Immigration courts complete more cases, but big backlog remains

For the first time in six years, the number of completed cases at the nation's busy immigration courts has risen, perhaps turning a corner on the long-standing backlog of cases.

For LA families, search for Mexico's missing spans borders

Families in L.A. searching for lost loved ones in Mexico grow more visible by using social media and organizing public gatherings.

For SoCal immigrants, climate change hits close to home

Families from L.A.'s Filipino and Bangladeshi communities describe climate change in stark terms: it's not a fear in the future, but a current reality.

What Greenland's rapid melting means for Southern CA

Some of the most dramatic climate change scenes come from Greenland, where melting glaciers are breaking apart, sending rivers of water into the sea.

How Hermosa Beach is bracing for sea level rise

California has more than 1,000 miles of coastline that is home to businesses, neighborhoods and vital shipping and agriculture areas.

Understanding the UN climate talks in 3 easy numbers

As global leaders kick off the UN Climate Summit in Paris, talk is suddenly filled with a swirl of data. Here are three numbers to help understand what's at stake.

Shooting to prosecution: how the case against an LAPD officer came together

More than 650 on-duty officers in L.A. shot at civilians from 2010 to 2014, according to KPCC's investigation into officer involved shootings. Ninety-seven of the people they shot were unarmed.