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 final budget plan rejected an initial proposal to consolidate all of the state's early childhood funding into a block grant.
For the first time, the U.S. is playing host to the Copa América Centenario soccer tournament, bringing the hemisphere's top teams – and some of the world's best players – to U.S. cities.
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.