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

Cambodians in Long Beach mark genocide: 'These are the survivors'

The Vietnam War also spilled over into Cambodia. Today, a community in Long Beach comes to terms with the tragedy that sent thousands fleeing.

From Saigon to Ho Chi Minh: a city transforms, holding to its past

Saigon is transforming itself into an economic power in Southeast Asia, striving to balance communist rule and changing political dynamics.

Healing wounds of the Vietnam War through LA nature

Refugees from Vietnam brought with them memories of conflict and war – presenting challenges to a community finding its footing in a new country.

After Saigon: a quick choice, a new life in California for one family

For the Tran family of Orange County, April 1975 set in motion a new life in California. Today, a young generation is discovering ties to Vietnam.

For many veterans, 'thank you' prompts complex feelings

A simple thank you can leave some service members feeling uncomfortable or at a loss for words, especially for those returning from war.

Inside the Gabriel García Márquez archive: Nobel speech, a letter to Ghandi and old Mac computers

A rare peek inside the creative process and personal papers of one of the 20th century's most famous writers comes to a university library in Texas.

As Korean adoptees return, a complex relationship follows

Over 60 years, more than 200,000 Korean children were adopted overseas, most to U.S. families. Now, many are heading back to their roots.

Changes to the heart of black Los Angeles

Concern over changes to Leimert Park, the cultural hub of black Los Angeles has sparked mixed views from long-time residents and business owners.

Missing in Mexico: An LA woman searches for her lost brother

Kill my son. Find my brother. A mother in Mexico pleads with gunmen who snatched her son in the night. He remains missing, and his sister vows to find him. The case is not unique.

Ube halaya: the holiday purple yam dessert from the Philippines

The thick, coconut-flavored ube halaya, is a favorite during the holidays for Filipino families. It's right up there with crispy pork lechon and karaoke singing.

Four months after ceasefire, many Gazans still displaced amid damaged city

This weekend, tensions rose again between Hamas and Israel after both sides exchanged rocket fire. It was the first time such an exchange occurred since a cease-fire in August ended two months of conflict.

Why there's a divide in how we react to Ferguson

Ferguson joins the growing list of racially-tinged events that prompt severe divisions in how the general public perceives what happened, and what should happen. That is, in part, because we all have biases -- whether we want to acknowledge them or not -- that stem from the subtle experiences that we gather over a lifetime.

Artists use lost objects to tell the story of US-Mexico border

Many items are left behind during the arduous journey across the border and then forgotten. But not by two artists: a photographer and a composer.

Obama's actions could affect thousands at LA's immigration courts

A former immigration judge says if the president's order is properly enforced by the Department of Homeland Security it could mean a "moderately significant, if not a very significant" decrease in the number of cases that are brought by the government.

Luis Rodriguez, poet laureate of LA, takes on his beloved, resilient city

Los Angeles is a city filled with wordsmiths. But only one of them holds the title of poet laureate, Luis J. Rodriguez.