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
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?
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 didn't hit Mexico as hard as expected, but Angelenos with family in the region say their relatives still need help with recovery.
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.
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.
As California's farms adjust to less water and more extreme weather, farmworkers could face challenges in an era of new technology and shrinking farmland.
The ships are part of the largest-ever clean up effort of ocean trash, launched from Hawaii and sweeping across the Pacific.
Rising violence in parts of Central America presents challenges for asylum seekers and US officials.
The Obama administration is emphasizing treatment in a $13.4-million bid to staunch the rising heroin epidemic in the country.
Three years ago this week, the U.S. began granting temporary deportation relief to young undocumented migrants. We look at what's changed.
Amde Hamilton, founding member of the Watts Prophets, on growing up in South LA and the power of art
Amde Hamilton, founding member of the Watts Prophets, talks about the group's influence on art and activism in South LA.
Brothers Chase and Chad Valencia are behind the project. They recently dropped by KPCC's studios, along with food blogger Abby Abanes.
Mexico's most powerful drug lord escaped from a high-security prison for the second time in 15 years —an embarrassment for President Peña Nieto.
The plan aims to close the digital divide by subsidizing broadband to poor residents. In LA, that could mean more access for the city's cut-off areas.
Nearly two million military veterans live in California, including about 244,000 who served in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – a new, and younger generation that's driving a push for change.