Bill Dorman

News Director

Bill Dorman has been the news director of Hawai‘i Public Radio since February 2011. Born in New York City, he spent 21 years at CNN in various positions behind the scenes and on the air in Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, and Tokyo, Japan. He was also managing editor of Asia Pacific Broadcast for Bloomberg News for five years before moving to Hawai‘i in 2009. He’s covered stories from more than twenty countries and territories.

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The international community is still discussing potential responses to North Korea’s apparent nuclear test earlier this week. While some kind of coordinated approach is likely through the United Nations, there will also be a more immediate response—right on the border. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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It will take some time for international experts to analyze North Korea’s latest nuclear test. This is the fourth time the country has tested a nuclear device….in a period stretching back nearly a decade.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has some background in today’s Asia Minute.

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Three trading days into the New Year, financial markets around the world remain uncertain. And a lot of that nervousness begins with China. Part of it relates to the economy, but it’s also uncertainty about what the government will do when it comes to the stock market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Transparency has never been a particular strength of China’s stock market.  Investors at home and abroad know the government plays a role in the market, but the extent is a moving target and not always clear.  This week is a good example.

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

Stock markets around the world began the New Year with lower values—especially in China. But for investors taking the longer view, 2016 may present some intriguing stories. And for those with an eye on local companies, one of those stories involves hometown financial stocks. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains.

Depending on how events transpire, it’s possible that two more local banks may be trading as independent companies at some point this year.  It’s been about 17 years since investors could buy shares of First Hawaiian Bank as a stand-alone company.

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Global stock markets have started the year with volatility—especially in China. But when it comes to real estate, investors in China and elsewhere expect to spend more money this year in the United States.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tourism is a growing business in many parts of the world—including South Korea. And as part of its campaign to attract more visitors, the capital city has adopted a new slogan. But not everyone is celebrating. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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2015 was a record year at the movies. In the United States, box office sales topped 11-billion dollars. And it was also a record-setting year in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Here’s a statistic any business would like: annual growth of 49%.  That’s what happened to ticket sales for movies in China during 2015.  Government figures released Thursday show box office receipts of nearly 7-billion dollars last year - up from about one and a half billion dollars just five years ago.

This holiday season, there’s been a lot of news about “hoverboards”—from store sales to emergency room visits.  Now there’s a story from the Philippines about a man many are calling the “hoverboard priest.” HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The story begins during a Christmas Eve mass in a church in Laguna—southeast of Manila.  A statement from the Diocese of San Pablo in the Philippines picks up the thread.  Quote: “as a way of greeting his parishioners, the priest sang a Christmas song, while going around the nave standing on a hoverboard.”

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November was another record-breaking month for the hospitality industry in Hawai‘i. The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority reports visitor arrivals were up nearly four-percent from a year ago. HPR’s Bill Dorman has some of the stories behind the numbers.

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Smokers who are under the age of 21 have just a couple of days left of legal tobacco puffing in Hawai‘i. On Friday, the state becomes the first in the nation to outlaw tobacco sales to anyone younger than 21. The issue of smoking among young people is also getting attention this week in Indonesia—where critics say the government is not doing enough to stop it.

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