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

Awaiting scarce visas, Afghans who helped US face threats

Some 13,000 applicants for 2,500 visas. Average processing time: 480 days. Bills in Congress would authorize more visas, but they would still not meet the demand.

After US military service, these veterans face deportation

Army veteran Mario Martinez spent six years of his life fighting for the United States. Now he's fighting for the right to keep living here.

How California could step up to fight the deportation of veterans

The Golden State has the largest number of vets in the nation and, of course, a large immigrant population.

Deported vets try to return to the country they fought for

Green card holders who serve in the military can be deported after discharge if they get into legal trouble. Some are trying to return or get their VA benefits.

After military service, these veterans face deportation

Some 11,000 non-citizens serve in the U.S. military. But if they commit crimes after discharge, these veterans can be deported.

Why so many more homeless vets in LA?

A sharp rise in the number of homeless vets in L.A. County prompts advocates to question whether the crisis' root causes are being adequately confronted.

For Hemet High ROTC cadets, Memorial Day hits close to home

The Inland Empire city of 83,000 has lost five former students to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than any other high school in Southern California.

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.