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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There’s been another dramatic turn of events in Hong Kong this week — where about a hundred protestors remain surrounded by police on a university campus. Some have been arrested, while local media report dozens were able to escape from police. But there are other developments beyond the violence.

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Electric scooters made a brief but memorable appearance in Honolulu about a year and a half ago — lasting for all of one week. The vehicles remain a point of controversy in many cities around the world, and over the last couple of weeks have been making news in the Asia Pacific.

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Some of the top military leadership of the United States is in Asia today. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been in South Korea this week, and today he’s joined by the Defense Secretary — who’s starting a regional tour.

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Plastic pollution is a growing problem both in the waters of our islands and around the world. This week, the United Nations has focused in on one area that is among the worst polluters: Southeast Asia.

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November is traditionally the month when many people start their holiday shopping. In the United States, retailers of all sizes are trying to push consumers to spend money — but the biggest online sales day of the year comes from Asia.

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Plastic waste has become an environmental issue around the world, and it’s increasingly a political issue as well. That’s true in Japan, which has become the latest country to move to restrict the use of single-use plastic bags.

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The U.S. and China are still working on details to sign an interim trade agreement, but many disputes remain between the two countries. One of the latest involves drones.

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The government of Chile has cancelled plans to host a pair of international meetings scheduled for November and December, because of continuing violent demonstrations. UN officials are scrambling to re-set a climate change conference scheduled for December. But next month’s regional trade meeting known as APEC may be cancelled — and that will have ripple effects.

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If you’re driving and looking for directions, odds are good that you’ll use some kind of GPS or other electronic guidance. While the days of the paper map have been in decline for some time, a new milestone was announced this week in Australia.

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One of the world’s biggest carmakers is staking out new territory in Southeast Asia. Toyota is stepping up its plans to produce electric vehicles in Indonesia.

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Hawaii tourism figures will soon be out for the month of September. So far this year, visitors have been increasing from the United States and dropping from the Asia Pacific. Part of that trend relates to slowing economies overseas. But within Asia, other tourism figures are being hit by political developments.

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There is a growing controversy in China about one of the country’s most popular games. It’s often the focus of small social gatherings, but in some cities it’s now coming under the watch of police.

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This has been a busy week for developments in the royal family of Thailand. The king of Thailand has fired half a dozen officials — days after taking action against one of his closest confidantes.

Hong Kong Check-in; Loyalty in Voting; Unusual Solution for Public Park Use; Japan Tourism; Agriculture Program in High Schools

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A piece of science fiction is one step closer to reality this morning. In the skies above a major city in Southeast Asia this week, residents and visitors were treated to the sight of a flying taxi.

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This is already turning out to be another week of dramatic political developments in the United States. But in Southeast Asia, there is drama of a different kind as the president there begins his second term.

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This is a week of symbolism in Japan — perhaps with some diplomacy in the mix. The country’s new emperor will be at the center of a ceremonial event on Tuesday, and there may be an opening for some diplomatic progress in an entirely different area.

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For many Americans across the country and here in Hawaii, fall weekends often include watching sports of some kind. This week on the Korean peninsula, there was a sporting event that took a very different approach with spectators.

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Saturday will mark the 20th weekend in a row that protestors in Hong Kong take to the streets of the city. It follows another week of political controversy – both in Hong Kong and in the United States.

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Economic growth around the world is likely to be the slowest this year since the global recession of a decade ago. That word came from the International Monetary Fund Tuesday — and the news came under close examination in the Asia Pacific.

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There’s a trend that’s taking place around the world — a growing number of households occupied by just one person. It’s a pattern that is becoming especially clear in Asia.

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There are several beneficiaries of the apparent progress late last week on trade talks between the United States and China. First up are American farmers---who are expected to send more crops to China. Another location ready for reduced tensions: Hollywood. 

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One of the world’s richest inventors has dropped an ambitious plan for high-technology manufacturing in Southeast Asia. The decision means a shift for a well-known company and a leading regional economy. 

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Fears of strong winds and dry conditions that could produce wildfires are leading California’s main power utility to cut electricity to large areas in northern California. On the other side of the world, residents are taking different precautions following fires in Australia. 

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Hong Kong-Mainland China Conflict; Ala Wai Flood Control Project; How Can Fish Poop Save Our Beaches?; Myles Fukunaga Trial Book

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China and the United States resume trade discussion tomorrow in Washington. While the talks focus on economics, they’re also influenced by politics.

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250 years ago today British explorer James Cook went ashore onto the land of what it is now called New Zealand. The anniversary is being marked with some ceremonies, but not everyone is calling it a celebration.

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If you listen to some of your news or music by way of a smart speaker, you’re not alone. In fact, smart speakers are one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. consumer electronics market. And sales are growing even faster in China.

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Professional basketball is making a splash in Hawaii this week. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Houston Rockets last night—and on Sunday they will host the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii. The NBA is also active in Asia this week and next week.

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Talks are underway between the United States and South Korea about sharing costs for U.S. forces based on the Korean peninsula. This is part of a longer story.

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