Dorian Merina Reporter/ Producer, Take Two

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

Dorian joined KPCC in 2013 as a reporter/producer for the show, where he's covered immigration, crime, climate change, education and arts & culture.

Dorian has reported on how L.A.’s new Crenshaw train line is changing historic Leimert Park and how Mexico's crisis of missing persons affects Southern California families searching for lost loved ones. He's mined public records to show how L.A.’s immigration courts continue to deport child migrants at high rates despite the Obama administration's change in policy. He's contributed to Take Two's special on the 50th Anniversary of the Watts Riots and the week-long series "After Saigon." Dorian has also contributed to KPCC's "Officer Involved" investigation on police shootings. He's contributed coverage to both the men and women's World Cup games in 2014 and 2015 as well as covered L.A.'s hosting of the Copa América.

Before coming to KPCC, Dorian reported from Southeast Asia and spent a year documenting indigenous oral poetry in the Philippines on a Fulbright grant. His own poetry earned a Poetry Foundation Award in 2008 for the film, "Migrations."

He speaks both Spanish and Tagalog and just enough Bahasa Indonesia to find his way through the food stalls in Jakarta.


Stories by Dorian Merina

A SoCal vet on feds halting Dakota pipeline: 'It was a profound moment'

"We still feel a need to stand up, play our part and make a stand," said SoCal veteran Anderson Gould, who made the trip to North Dakota to join protests.

Trump's immigration plan could expand private detention problems

Existing problems, such as inadequate health care and legal aid could be "very strongly exacerbated" by a ramp up of private sites, says Charis Kubrin of UC Irvine.

SoCal's undocumented youth under Trump: 'It's difficult, not knowing what will happen'

California is home to over 200,000 young people who benefit from temporary immigration relief under DACA. A recipient shares her concerns of what could happen under President Trump.

After asylum: 'Our children have lost their freedom'

As her older brothers adjust to a new life in L.A., 15-year-old Michell Hernández faces an immigration judge in the first step of her own case for asylum.

After asylum: 'My new country, everything is different'

Fleeing violence in El Salvador, young teens headed north to reunite with a mother they hadn't seen in a decade. Now, the twin boys take their first steps in a new life in L.A.

Photographer Rafael Cardenas documents a changing LA

A new book and exhibition capture the vivid imagery of a changing Los Angeles.

Inside the Adelanto detention facility: Troubled history, vows for reform

Documents and contracts obtained by KPCC and interviews with former detainees raise questions about the state's largest privately-run site for immigrants.

How an LA actor is using theater to foster peace in his native Colombia

"It was a very intense process, it was incredibly emotional," said Hector Aristizábal, an actor from Colombia who is using storytelling and theater for peace.

Philippine President sparks painful memories of Marcos era for SoCal Filipinos

For Filipinos in Southern California, the latest political turmoil from their homeland has conjured harsh memories of a former dictator.

For Cambodian refugees, film seeks to 'break the silence'

The film follows a group of U.S.-based survivors of the Khmer Rouge as they return to their homeland to testify in the genocide trials. For a new generation, justice is complicated.

Four years after DACA, Asian immigrant youth face uncertain future

Advocates in Southern California say Asian immigrants lag far behind others in benefitting from the program.

Preschool with a focus on children's mental health

A program in downtown LA seeks to get young children ready for school by addressing family trauma holistically.

Parent effort aims to end violence with 'culture of respect'

Hundreds of L.A.-area parents are trying to help families tackle gun violence by focusing on reducing domestic violence and school bullying.

Gap in pay for early ed teachers persists

Wages for workers in early education remain strikingly low when compared to other teachers, two new studies find.

This graduate balanced parenting, schoolwork

Teen pregnancy has declined, but 25 of every 1,000 teens in LA County still become mothers. Only half of those moms will finish school by age 22. Here's the story of one who did.