Dorian Merina has reported for The Miami Herald Newspaper, 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 is currently on a Fulbright research grant in the Philippines documenting indigenous oral poetry.
As anchor and producer with the nationwide newscast, Free Speech Radio News, he contributed to coverage of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti and recovery efforts; the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico; and the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is one of the producers of Asia Pacific Forum, the weekly radio show on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York.
He is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, The Changegiver and Stone of the Fish, and a spoken word CD, Heaven is a Second Language. The short film, MIGRATIONS, for which he wrote and performed the poetry, was awarded the 2008 Poetry Foundation Award at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. He’s also worked as a teacher and a counselor in the public schools of Los Angeles.
He writes a regular blog at Southeast Asia: News, Culture, Voices.