Dorian Merina Reporter/ Producer, Take Two
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
While LAPD officers have largely stopped shooting into moving cars, LA County sheriff's deputies have continued the practice despite policy changes.
Amid rising crime, Pacoima residents are hoping that hard-won gains against gang violence will turn back the tide.
Violent crime in Los Angeles has increased for two years in a row. A panel of experts examine why and what is being done to tackle the issue
As the debate on immigration heats up, some are hoping to inject a new perspective into the conversation: that of those who are both black and undocumented.
Chances are that if you've opened a Mac computer or typed a few lines on a keyboard, you've probably used a font inspired by a former Trappist monk named Father Robert Palladino.
The all-white field of Oscar nominees is prompting calls to promote diversity in filmmaking. But decades ago, L.A. was home to an ambitious program to do just that.
The new Crenshaw/LAX metro could bring much-needed development to LA – and local residents are both hopeful and wary of the changes already underway.
The story of drug gangs in the Americas is one that stretches from the favelas of Brazil to the remote mountains of Mexico to U.S. towns and cities.
From Chicago to South Carolina, New York to Cleveland, police shootings and questions of how and when officers use force are drawing increased scrutiny.
For the first time in six years, the number of completed cases at the nation's busy immigration courts has risen, perhaps turning a corner on the long-standing backlog of cases.
Families in L.A. searching for lost loved ones in Mexico grow more visible by using social media and organizing public gatherings.
Families from L.A.'s Filipino and Bangladeshi communities describe climate change in stark terms: it's not a fear in the future, but a current reality.
Some of the most dramatic climate change scenes come from Greenland, where melting glaciers are breaking apart, sending rivers of water into the sea.
California has more than 1,000 miles of coastline that is home to businesses, neighborhoods and vital shipping and agriculture areas.
As global leaders kick off the UN Climate Summit in Paris, talk is suddenly filled with a swirl of data. Here are three numbers to help understand what's at stake.