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

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.

Preschools scramble as key funding source ends

The end of a contract between a non-profit early education advocate and a group that allocates Prop 10 tobacco tax funds leaves many pre-schools with uncertain futures.

Rafu Shimpo, LA's oldest Japanese paper, warns of closure

The paper, founded in 1903, is in danger of shutting down by the end of the year, say publishers who blame declining subscribers and mounting costs.

California's transitional kindergarten growing

As California's transitional kindergarten program has expanded, more schools are providing all TK-classrooms rather than mixed TK and Kindergarten classes, study finds.

LAUSD doubles expanded transitional kindergarten slots

Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education Tuesday is more than doubling the number of schools offering transitional kindergarten for all 4-year-olds at the district's low-income schools.

More preschool seats coming to LA in state budget plan

Scores of new preschool seats could open in L.A. under the new state budget, but the gains represent just a fraction of the slots that have been lost since the recession.

Budget plan preserves transitional kindergarten, adds preschool spots

The final budget plan rejected an initial proposal to consolidate all of the state's early childhood funding into a block grant.

Crowd fills Rose Bowl as Mexico defeats Jamaica in Copa América

The Mexican national team fans packed the Rose Bowl Thursday night as the team beat Jamaica 2-0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Copa América Centenario tournament.

Your guide: Copa América brings global soccer giants to SoCal

For the first time, the U.S. is playing host to the Copa América Centenario soccer tournament, bringing the hemisphere's top teams – and some of the world's best players – to U.S. cities.

Shooting at cars is a bad idea. So why do LA deputies still do it?

While LAPD officers have largely stopped shooting into moving cars, LA County sheriff's deputies have continued the practice despite policy changes.

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.