Bill Dorman

Vice President & 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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Among all the varieties of food that you can find in Hawaii, one item you’ll never find on the menu is shark fin soup. Hawaii was the first state to ban it—back in 2010. And now a leading economy in the Asia Pacific is taking a step in the same direction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / ToGa Wanderings

The Chinese government is making policy changes to improve the country’s air quality. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Lukman Anugerah Mirda

A dozen years ago, Miss Hawaii took part in the Miss World Pageant. This year, Miss World USA is from California—but all of the contestants are facing some unusual challenges this month in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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AFP

Much of Japan is still celebrating Tokyo’s naming as the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics. But further north, another Japanese city is in the news—for a very different reason. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Frühtau

As the new work week begins, there are signs of slightly easing tensions between North and South Korea. The two countries have restored the military hotline that was disconnected in March. And a couple of events taking place this week may show some further progress. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been a busy year so far for visitors from Australia. The Hawaii Tourism Authority reports travelers from Australia are up by nearly a third compared to a year ago. But any Australians visiting the islands this weekend may have done some early voting. Otherwise, they’ll be missing an election at home. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

As the Group of Twenty nations gather in Russia today, much of the media’s focus will be on Syria. But the host country is a growing part of the Asia Pacific. And that’s been underlined by a number of developments quietly taking place over the summer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / j.anniewang

We’re still a couple of weeks away from the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. That’s a Chinese holiday that’s also celebrated by many people here in Hawaii. And one of the stars of the festival is the moon cake…which is now an unlikely target of official attention in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / OtroMan

If you spent too much of your Labor Day weekend in front of a television, you might want to hear this next story. A medical study from Singapore finds another reason to be cautious about television time. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Irish Colonel

Queen’s Hospital was the first one built in the islands…founded in 1859. That makes it older than the first hospitals in South Korea. One of those facilities is having some unusual challenges this week—concerning VIP’s. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Anna Banana!™

Just last week, state officials raised their forecast for Hawaii’s economy—projecting growth of 2.6% this year. That’s a little faster than the national economy is growing, but it’s a fraction of the pace of some economies in Asia. While China remains one focus, another country with close ties to Hawaii is showing surprising strength. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The pursuit of new energy sources is a focus for many countries right now. In Hawaii, that search is centered on renewable energy. But in some parts of Asia, they’re exploring for a different kind of fuel. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Corey Ann

Billabong is a name that’s well known in the islands. There are three stores in the state…and the Billabong Pipe Masters surf competition takes place each December at the Banzai Pipeline. But back in Australia, the company’s having some trouble. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Andrew-M-Whitman

The United States is selling half a billion dollars of helicopters to Indonesia. News of that deal comes as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues his travels in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s still not clear whether or not the legislature will hold a special session to consider gay marriage in Hawaii. But in Singapore, the issue of gay rights is being discussed on a much more basic level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Auto Show 2013

It’s been a strong year so far for car sales in Hawaii. The Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association says new vehicle sales are up more than 13% in the first half of the year compared to a year ago. While Japanese cars remain the market leaders here in Hawaii, a car made in India is making some headlines overseas. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / SimplyInfo

It’s been nearly two and a half years since an earthquake and tsunami led to disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in northern Japan. This week, Japan’s government announced highly radioactive water has been leaking from the facility. It’s the latest indication the plant’s troubles are far from over. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / majorjonasfong

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will be in Honolulu later this week. He’s stopping by on his way to Asia. Earlier this week in Washington, Hagel spoke with his Chinese counterpart about improving military ties between the two countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

On most measures of water quality, Hawaii scores well compared to other states. But recent reports from Asia show two of the region’s largest countries face a growing crisis when it comes to water pollution. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / mhobl

Commercial shipping is one of the lifelines of Hawaii. Container ships coming here from mainland ports don’t have to deal with ice…but it’s a different story for the latest business route of some Chinese ships. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Ed Jones / Getty Images

Earlier this year, the Honolulu zoo introduced three lion cubs to the islands. While local residents here can see lions of various sizes…at one zoo in China, that’s a bit more complicated. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

68 years ago today Japan gave its unconditional surrender…bringing the second world war to a close. Today, the Pacific is peaceful…but regional tensions remain. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / LifeSupercharger

While you can still get Kahuku shrimp fresh off some food trucks on Oahu’s north shore, most shrimp consumed in the U.S. is imported. A lot of that shrimp comes from Asia---and some of it is a topic of a trade dispute. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / weirdchina

Much of this week’s weather across the islands is expected to be seasonal. For Hawaii, that means lots of sun with trade winds. But across much of east Asia this summer, this summer is bringing record heat. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / citizen404

Despite progress with renewable energy, Hawaii still depends on imported oil. So does the United States. In fact, the U.S. imports more oil than anyone else in the world. But that ranking may soon belong to an Asian nation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / adams.co.tt

It may be “Aloha Friday” in Hawaii, but today is “National Day” in Singapore. It’s the 48th anniversary of the founding of the nation…and one of southeast Asia’s most dynamic economies. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / dragon00knight

According to census figures, more than 80% of households in Hawaii have at least one computer. You might use a desktop or a laptop—a tablet or a smartphone. But some Asian technology companies are planning computers for the next level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Sonya >> 搜你丫

State health workers in Hawaii have been monitoring developments in cases of bird flu. So far that has not been an issue in the islands, but in China a new strain of bird flu has taken another twist. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / jpellgen

North Korea remains one of the mysteries of the modern world. While security officials track the country’s nuclear ambitions, there are surprises on a less dramatic level: including cell phones. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Chicken Fight in China

Aug 5, 2013
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Flickr / naokomc

You may not have realized this, but the United States and China have been battling for years over chicken. It’s a trade dispute that turned a corner late last week. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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