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Arava u ryes a abu su vinyedi.

Journalist, poet and author Dorian Merina hails from Los Angeles by way of the Philippines and New York.

He has reported for numerous outlets, including The Miami Herald Newspaper, Al Jazeera, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, The New York Times, The Jakarta Post, Hyphen Magazine, Latin Beat Magazine, Filipinas, Public Radio International and WNYC. He also was a Fulbright research scholar in the Philippines documenting indigenous oral poetry on the Batanes Islands.

He is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, The Changegiver and Stone of the Fish, and a spoken word album, Heaven is a Second Language. The short film, Migrations, for which he wrote and performed the poetry, was awarded the 2008 Poetry Foundation Award.

Dorian has reported on 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 KPCC's special on the 50th Anniversary of the Watts Riots and the week-long series "After Saigon." Dorian has also contributed to the award-winning "Officer Involved" investigation on police shootings in L.A. County. 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.

As an educator, he has taught journalism to university students in Malaysia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and India through United Press International's UPI Next program. He was also an adjunct professor of journalism at El Camino College.