Dorian Merina Reporter/ Producer, Take Two
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
While apprehension rates along the US-Mexico border remain the lowest in decades, new numbers released by the U.S. Border patrol show that there’s a significant shift in where border crossers are headed and where they're coming from.
Saturday, the U.S. national men’s soccer team plays South Korea in an exhibition game. The match is a friendly, but a lot is at stake ahead of the World Cup.