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

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.

Farmworkers face new challenges in California's fields of the future

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.

Ships lead ocean trash cleanup from Hawaii to California

The ships are part of the largest-ever clean up effort of ocean trash, launched from Hawaii and sweeping across the Pacific.

Fleeing violence in Central America, families face complex path to asylum in the US

Rising violence in parts of Central America presents challenges for asylum seekers and US officials.

Here's how Obama's fight against heroin impacts SoCal

The Obama administration is emphasizing treatment in a $13.4-million bid to staunch the rising heroin epidemic in the country.

3 years after DACA, young immigrants see change, uncertainty

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.

LASA, Filipino pop-up spot, makes traditional cuisine trendy

Brothers Chase and Chad Valencia are behind the project. They recently dropped by KPCC's studios, along with food blogger Abby Abanes.

'El Chapo' escape a 'PR disaster' for Mexican government

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.

FCC closer to approving low-income Internet subsidies

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.