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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Summit Week for Myanmar

May 24, 2013
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Flickr / saidkristen

Japan’s Prime Minister is in Myanmar today. The visit comes at the end of a historic week for the southeast Asian nation. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Many businesses and governments are focused on the economic rise of the Asia Pacific region. So when a company announces it’s scaling back a regional presence, it’s a surprise. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

President Obama will hold his first summit meeting with China’s president next month in California. The meeting comes with a broad agenda for both sides. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / sheilaz413

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said earlier this spring that he does not believe Oahu needs another landfill. The mayor hopes technological advances, including a new H-POWER plant will eliminate the need to add anything beyond the Waimanalo Gulch landfill. But in Hong Kong, waste is a very different story. And Bill Dorman has it in today’s Asia Minute.

The number of Chinese tourists coming to Hawaii is continuing to grow. But China’s government has some advice for citizens traveling anywhere overseas. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

One of Apple’s main contractors in China has been making progress when it comes to improving working conditions, but there’s still a lot more to do. That’s the view of a labor monitor appointed by Apple. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tensions are rising between two Asian allies of the United States. And U.S. officials say the escalation is a matter of concern. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Asian Arctic Ambitions

May 15, 2013
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Flickr / gordontour

If you look out the window anywhere across the islands, the Arctic Circle may feel like a long way away. But at a meeting in Sweden this week, a number of Asian countries are trying to get a bit closer. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been nearly three weeks since a clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh…killing more than 11-hundred people. In the west, clothing companies are beginning to respond, but there are other changes ahead in Bangladesh. HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

Honolulu is not the only city with a debate about trains. In Vietnam, there’s been an ongoing discussion about improving the rail link between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Voters across Pakistan will go to the polls tomorrow for national parliamentary elections. While the campaign has been marked by violence, the event will also produce some history. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / KOREA.NET - Official page of the Republic of Korea

The president of South Korea spent a couple of days in Washington this week. She met with President Obama and told a joint session of Congress that it’s time to stop rewarding North Korea for bad behavior. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

China is an important growth market for Hawaii’s tourism business. And that means developments concerning the country’s largest airline can be interesting to a wide audience. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Losing the popular vote but winning political power. It’s happened before in the U.S. presidential election, and now it’s happened in a different context in Malaysia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The week in Asia begins with a tale of two contrasting economies. Ratings agencies weighed in on the Philippines and Indonesia last week, and came to two different conclusions. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Part of Hawaii’s energy future may include natural gas. The idea is still under debate, and the outcome is far from clear. Meanwhile, natural gas deposits off the coast of Africa are drawing interest—and investment—from several Asian countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / gmetrail

Air pollution in China has become an increasingly common topic, both for those who live there and for those who occasionally visit. And in recent months, it’s led a growing number of foreigners to reconsider assignments to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The International Monetary Fund is positive about the economy in a key market for Hawaii's visitors. The IMF says the Asia Pacific region will grow by nearly six-percent this year, but there are also some cautions. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

Flickr / Leung Ching Yau Alex
Flickr / Leung Ching Yau Alex

A dock strike in Hong Kong is stretching into its second month. It's a dramatic story that pits one of the world's richest men against hundreds of workers. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

Thousands of people in Bangladesh are protesting safety conditions for garment workers in the country. More than 200 people were killed this week when a clothing factory collapsed in the nation's capital. The protestor's targets include some western shores. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

Hawaii's legislature passed a budget this week, but federal lawmakers are still arguing about finances --- and that's likely to continue through this summer.  Discussions of U.S. government finances often include the fact that the Chinese government holds a lot of U.S. debt.  Now Australia is planning to buy some of China's debt.  HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute. 

With news events elsewhere developing rapidly over the past week, North Korea has been pushed off the front pages of many of the world’s newspapers. But it may not stay that way. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association expects another year of growth for car sales in Hawaii—forecasting a rise of 6.5% from last year. Last month, attendance was up at the auto show in Honolulu. This week, a much bigger auto show is taking place in Shanghai. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The issue of same-sex marriage is still before the U.S. Supreme Court. In Hawaii, legislation to legalize gay marriage is not likely to pass this session. But in New Zealand, it’s a different story---one that HPR’s Bill Dorman has in today’s Asia Minute.

Solar Troubles in Asia

Apr 17, 2013
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  Hawaii gets a greater percentage of its electricity from solar power than any other state.That’s according to the annual report of the trade group the Solar Energy Industries Association. But some solar suppliers in Asia are facing a new round of trouble. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

China's Iceland Play

Apr 16, 2013

China has signed a new trade deal. This one involves a European country, and an energy source that’s familiar to people here in Hawaii. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

  There’s a new development this week in a multi-billion dollar train project that will change the look of a city. It’s not Honolulu—but Bangkok. And the next step of the project involves the stock market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Government workers who deal with documents sometimes come across cases of mistaken identity. But a recent situation in China takes the concept to a new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

  

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The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is working on the next step of the city’s multi-billion dollar rail project. Officials are preparing a report on their archeological survey, which was completed last month. Across the Pacific, another rail project is at a very different stage—HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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