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

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.

World Cup 2014: Brazil's passion for soccer runs deep

The sport, known as football throughout the world, has a long and fascinating history in Brazil.

Tiananmen Square at 25: A student leader recalls gunshots and chaos

Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong poured into the streets today to mark the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square. But in Beijing, Chinese authorities sharply restricted access to the site and enforced a virtual blackout online.

The state of the US Men's World Cup Soccer team

The U.S. Men's Soccer team is one step closer to Brazil and next month's World Cup with a win last night against Azerbaijan. The U.S. won 2-0 on a windy night at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.

Rise of armed groups in Mexico prompts hope, fear among LA's michoacanos

In Los Angeles, families with close ties to the Mexican state of Michoacán are playing a role in an effort to end the violent drug conflict in their home country, spurring a debate over the armed civilian groups that have risen to counter drug cartels.

Is fracking connected to the recent earthquakes in SoCal?

We've had our share of earthquakes recently, which has led some residents to question the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — and possible connections to seismic activity.

Filipino farmworkers' 1965 strike a pivotal moment in California

One aspect of the Cesar Chavez story remains largely overlooked: The key role that Filipino farmworkers played in launching the 1965 grape strike in Delano that led to the birth of the United Farm Workers union.

Guantanamo case brings force-feeding issue to federal court

Force-feeding in Guantanamo is causing controversy as some argue it just causes pain and others say it is for the health and welfare of detainees.

Artist Daniel Joseph Martinez's 'Ship of Fools' comes to LA

Artist Daniel Joseph Martinez's career has spanned decades. His work has been called unpredictable, bold, challenging. He's taken his art all over the world, from the museums and galleries of New York to sites in Cairo, Berlin, Moscow and Mexico City.

Mono Indian tribe seeks protection of California watersheds in response to drought

Governor Jerry Brown has outlined nearly $700 million in measures to respond to California's drought. The proposed legislation outlines funds to recapture and re-use storm water, increase conservation, and get relief to the hardest-hit areas, including 17 communities at risk of running out of drinking water in the coming months.