Bill Dorman

News Director

Bill Dorman has been the news director of Hawaii Public Radio since February, 2011 and also writes the Asia Minute. He previously worked at CNN for 21 years, joining the network as a writer in 1983 and later working as a producer and reporter while based at various points in Atlanta, New York, Washington DC and Tokyo. He later returned to Tokyo as Managing Editor of Asia Pacific Broadcast for Bloomberg News. He has a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and a BA in English from Dartmouth College. He and his wife Noriko Namiki have lived in Hawaii since 2009.

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Asia Minute
9:29 am
Tue June 11, 2013

China’s Latest Space Shot

China is about to launch another manned spaceflight. This mission will last a bit more than two weeks. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute

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Asia Minute
9:22 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Asia Deals with GMO Wheat Mystery

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Investigators in Oregon are still trying to determine how genetically modified wheat wound up in a farmer’s field. The incident’s already having an impact in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
10:29 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Diplomatic Thaw on Korean Peninsula?

President Obama is meeting the president of China today in California. One of the topics on the agenda is North Korea—and there are some new developments to discuss. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
10:07 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Indonesia’s Eco-Vehicle Plans

Auto companies around the world are increasing their production of more environmentally friendly vehicles. And one country in southeast Asia is taking steps to become a center for factories producing “green” cars HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
6:16 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Trade Deficit with South Korea Hits Record

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The U.S. trade deficit grew nearly 9% in April…thanks largely to an increase in imports from China. But buried in the statistics was another fact: the trade deficit with South Korea has now hit a record. HPR’s Bill Dorman takes a closer look in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
6:38 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Wage Strike at Nike Contractor in Cambodia

There’s been another development this week in the relationship between western clothing companies and the southeast Asian factories that often produce their merchandise. This time the company is Nike, and the location is Cambodia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Asia Minute
6:03 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Japan Resists Tighter Regulations on Shark Trade

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An international group is moving closer to an agreement that would restrict world wide trade in sharks. But one country in Asia is resisting — and it’s not China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
6:16 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Asian Economies Cutting Interest Rates

Thailand has become the latest country in Asia to cut interest rates. Central banks in the region are concerned about falling exports and a slowing Chinese economy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
10:18 am
Wed May 29, 2013

New Zealand’s Naval Shift

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For the first time in nearly thirty years, a New Zealand navy ship will be docking at a U.S. naval facility. The event is scheduled to take place later this week in the Pacific, and marks a continuing evolution in military relations between the two countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
10:44 am
Tue May 28, 2013

North Korean Hoop Dreams

Relations with North Korea and much of the rest of the world remain strained. While there haven’t been any new developments since the country’s recent test launch of short range missiles, there are reports North Korea may try a new kind of international outreach. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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