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

US soccer's Christen Press: 'Being in the moment' key to World Cup

Wednesday night, the U.S. women's soccer squad begins its World Cup campaign as it faces off against Trinidad and Tobago.

Ferguson residents seek dialogue, change ahead of planned protests

Two voices – one black, one white – weigh in on police reform, dialogue and the ongoing investigation into Michael Brown's death.

Film series seeks to change perspective of Africa

Surfing. Street art. Hip hop. Topics not typically part of the news that comes from Africa, but that's the point of a new series of short films part of a project called My Africa Is.

Nation's estuaries form vital, and vulnerable, coastal wetlands

This week, scientists and coastal residents across the United States are drawing attention to the importance of local waterways, called estuaries.

New community college chancellor pledges higher completion rates, shorter grad times

The Los Angeles Community College District is the largest in the nation with its fair share of problems, but Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez is optimistic.

Understaffed immigration judges face rise of migrant cases

The nation's immigration courts face an unprecedented backlog of cases. Much of that strain falls on the judges, who ultimately decide who can stay and who cannot.

LA's immigration courts overwhelmed by child migrant cases

L.A. courts more than 46,000 cases the L.A. courts are currently dealing with. L.A. has the largest share of pending immigration cases, making it the busiest jurisdiction in the country.

The Getty brings street art to El Segundo

What do LA's top graffiti artists have in common with a rare, 17th-century text found in the Getty's rare book collection? As it turns out, plenty.

Gaza couple live streams sights and sounds of city under seige

Photojournalist Lara Aburamadan and her husband, Jehad, have been live-streaming the view from their 11th floor apartment for the world to see.

Former World Cup player John O'Brien on the future of US soccer

Former U.S. national player John O'Brien scored one of the most memorable goals in U.S. World Cup history: a first strike against Portugal in 2002, which ignited a celebration and a run to the quarter-finals.

Brazilian hip-hop artist Emicida captures youth culture in Sao Paulo

Emicida is putting Brazilian hip-hop on the world map as well, raising hot topics such as poverty, wealth and social progress in his music.

Rio's favela residents protest police action during World Cup

As Brazil's World Cup nears the midway point, attention moves to Rio de Janeiro. The city will host the all-important final game on July 13 at the historic Maracana Stadium.

World Cup 2014: Do offensive slurs and chants hint at a problem in soccer?

Recent incidents at the World Cup of anti-gay chants and racist behavior from fans caused many to call on FIFA to investigate.

World Cup 2014: US coach Klinsmann opts for youth, international experience

If you tune in to see the U.S. play Ghana today, you may be watching more than just an opening game: you could be getting a glimpse at the future of U.S. soccer.

World Cup in LA: Mexican soccer fans view game as 'a culture, a religion'

In the latest installment in our series on L.A.'s communities as viewed through the lens of the World Cup, KPCC talks with Mexico fans for whom it's a way of life.