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

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.

Officer Involved: Why this cop was prosecuted for a shooting

The last time an L.A. officer was charged for an on-duty shooting was 15 years ago. What makes it different from hundreds of other cases?

'Water: Our Thirsty World' displays global challenges of H2O

While California's drought drags on, a new show at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach shows the complicated state of water around the world.

Hurricane Patricia: Angelenos hoping for relief for impacted family

Hurricane Patricia didn't hit Mexico as hard as expected, but Angelenos with family in the region say their relatives still need help with recovery.

Distance strains LA families' search for Mexico's missing

Despite the deep stigma against speaking out in the midst of powerful drug violence and government corruption, families in LA are starting to name the missing.

In Oxnard, training for farmworkers amid drought's uncertainty

As the ongoing drought hits local farms and food production moves overseas, farmworkers in Oxnard are seeking to improve their skills for an uncertain labor market.