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

For many SoCal deportees, this Tijuana shelter is a first stop

For most of its 30-year-history, Casa del Migrante in Tijuana was a place to rest for those heading north. But in recent years, it's become a first stop for a different group: those deported from Southern California.

California lawmakers consider legal aid for deported vets

The bill would commit the state to paying lawyers who would help honorably discharged military vets with green cards who have been deported.

Bills would help student veterans hit by ITT Tech closure

The measures would restore federal education money veterans had spent at the school. One bill would also restore lost housing allowances.

Serving their country, struggling to feed their families

Thousands of military households rely on government food aid, but the Pentagon doesn't track exactly how many service members have trouble feeding their families.

California bill aims to improve mental health care at VA facilities

The measure aims to improve services for vets with "significant" mental or behavioral issues, after a report found a lack of resources at VA facilities.

Comedy improv class helps veterans deal with civilian life

Second City, known for producing top talent like Tina Fey, opens its doors to military veterans for a special class to build skills to deal with daily life.

Minority veterans need help with VA services

They're a growing part of the vet community, yet minorities are less aware of VA services and face a higher risk of homelessness and chronic diseases, a report says.

Boyle Heights youth, police use dialogue against violence

The peace workshops between youth and police have shown promise, but a recent shooting is a sign of challenges still ahead.

After decades, military commissaries ready for big changes

Reforms designed to make commissaries more self-sufficient are about to kick in. Some worry they could usher in higher costs for customers.

What does a boost in military spending mean for SoCal?

Ahead of his address to Congress tonight, President Trump has pledged to boost military spending and rebuild what he called a "depleted" armed forces. The goal is to increase the Defense budget by $54 billion, according to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, a nearly 10 percent rise from current levels.

One in a Million: 'Knowing I was different from my classmates, I felt alone'

Here in Southern California, an estimated 1 million undocumented people call the region home. Alma de Jesus, 34, a mother of two, is one of them.

After push by veterans, some Iraqi interpreters allowed entry

The interpreters, who were caught up in the Trump Administration's travel ban, aided U.S. troops during the Iraq war. One has relocated to Los Angeles.

A new use for old shipping containers: housing for veterans

An Orange County project is transforming steel shipping containers into apartments for homeless veterans. They're inexpensive, durable and surprisingly attractive.

The last day at American Apparel: 'Lots of people were sad'

The day American Apparel workers feared arrived this week, when about 2400 employees were told they were losing their jobs immediately.

LA's busy immigration courts could swell under Trump

The nation's busy immigration courts – already burdened by an unprecedented backlog of half a million cases – could strain even more if a Trump administration steps up deportations as promised.