Dorian Merina Reporter/ Producer, Take Two

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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

After asylum: 'My new country, everything is different'

Fleeing violence in El Salvador, young teens headed north to reunite with a mother they hadn't seen in a decade. Now, the twin boys take their first steps in a new life in L.A.

Photographer Rafael Cardenas documents a changing LA

A new book and exhibition capture the vivid imagery of a changing Los Angeles.

Inside the Adelanto detention facility: Troubled history, vows for reform

Documents and contracts obtained by KPCC and interviews with former detainees raise questions about the state's largest privately-run site for immigrants.

How an LA actor is using theater to foster peace in his native Colombia

"It was a very intense process, it was incredibly emotional," said Hector Aristizábal, an actor from Colombia who is using storytelling and theater for peace.

Philippine President sparks painful memories of Marcos era for SoCal Filipinos

For Filipinos in Southern California, the latest political turmoil from their homeland has conjured harsh memories of a former dictator.

For Cambodian refugees, film seeks to 'break the silence'

The film follows a group of U.S.-based survivors of the Khmer Rouge as they return to their homeland to testify in the genocide trials. For a new generation, justice is complicated.

Four years after DACA, Asian immigrant youth face uncertain future

Advocates in Southern California say Asian immigrants lag far behind others in benefitting from the program.

Preschool with a focus on children's mental health

A program in downtown LA seeks to get young children ready for school by addressing family trauma holistically.

Parent effort aims to end violence with 'culture of respect'

Hundreds of L.A.-area parents are trying to help families tackle gun violence by focusing on reducing domestic violence and school bullying.

Gap in pay for early ed teachers persists

Wages for workers in early education remain strikingly low when compared to other teachers, two new studies find.

This graduate balanced parenting, schoolwork

Teen pregnancy has declined, but 25 of every 1,000 teens in LA County still become mothers. Only half of those moms will finish school by age 22. Here's the story of one who did.

Preschools scramble as key funding source ends

The end of a contract between a non-profit early education advocate and a group that allocates Prop 10 tobacco tax funds leaves many pre-schools with uncertain futures.

Rafu Shimpo, LA's oldest Japanese paper, warns of closure

The paper, founded in 1903, is in danger of shutting down by the end of the year, say publishers who blame declining subscribers and mounting costs.

California's transitional kindergarten growing

As California's transitional kindergarten program has expanded, more schools are providing all TK-classrooms rather than mixed TK and Kindergarten classes, study finds.

LAUSD doubles expanded transitional kindergarten slots

Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education Tuesday is more than doubling the number of schools offering transitional kindergarten for all 4-year-olds at the district's low-income schools.