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Von Diaz

Von Diaz
Reporter/Blogger
New York, NY

Von Diaz is a Colorlines reporter and multimedia producer, as well as an editor for Feet in Two Worlds, which brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the Web. Von focuses her reporting on immigration, Latino arts and culture, LGBT issues and food. Her work has been featured on PRI’s The World, NPR’s Latino USA, WNYC, and Feet in Two Worlds. In 2011 she won an Ippie Award for her multi-media story on homeless, gay immigrant youth in New York.

In addition to reporting she has also worked in communications for El Museo del Barrio, a Latino museum and cultural institution; and Spark, a San Francisco-based youth mentorship program. She also dedicates her time to a number of youth empowerment causes, and serves on Board of Fundación ALMA, a Colombian music and art education program, and is the chair of the Advisory Board for Media Masters Alliance, a New York LGBTQA media literacy and mentorship program.

Von holds a dual M.A. in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Agnes Scott College. She was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and grew up in Atlanta, Ga.

Watch Janet Mock and Laverne Cox Talk about 'Redefining Realness'

Watch Janet Mock and Laverne Cox Talk about ‘Redefining Realness’

by Von Diaz on March 11 2014, 7:13PM

Tonight’s conversation at NYU will be live streamed!

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Studies Point to 'Access to Justice Gap' Among Low-Income and Immigrant Communities

Studies Point to ‘Access to Justice Gap’ Among Low-Income and Immigrant Communities

by Von Diaz on March 11 2014, 3:41PM

A new ‘Justice Index’ shows states in the South and Midwest are sorely lacking in access to civil legal counsel.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The War on Drugs Continues to Keep Prisons Full

The War on Drugs Continues to Keep Prisons Full

by Von Diaz on March 11 2014, 12:16PM

More than half of those currently incarcerated are there because of drug offenses.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War, /NOW

Gawker Compares New Dating Service to 'Comfort Women'

Gawker Compares New Dating Service to ‘Comfort Women’

by Von Diaz on March 11 2014, 11:18AM

The joke didn’t go over so well.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Watch the Latest Episode of the Black Girls CODE Web Documentary

Watch the Latest Episode of the Black Girls CODE Web Documentary

by Von Diaz on March 11 2014, 9:54AM

Meet the future of tech!

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth, Technology, Youth and Race

Suicide Crisis Continues Among Native Youth on Reservations

Suicide Crisis Continues Among Native Youth on Reservations

by Von Diaz on March 10 2014, 3:50PM

Native youth are more than three times more likely to commit suicide than any other group.

Topics: /NOW, Youth and Race

Ann Coulter Suggests Creating 'Death Squads' if Immigration Reform Passes

Ann Coulter Suggests Creating ‘Death Squads’ if Immigration Reform Passes

by Von Diaz on March 10 2014, 12:29PM

At the recent CPAC convention, Coulter makes several outrageous comments about immigrants and those who support immigration reform.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW, Politics

New Romantic Comedy Explores Detroit's Arab-American Community

New Romantic Comedy Explores Detroit’s Arab-American Community

by Von Diaz on March 10 2014, 9:51AM

Rola Nashef’s film ‘Detroit Unleaded’ is now available for download and on DVD.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kumbia Queers Launch U.S. Tour

Kumbia Queers Launch U.S. Tour

by Von Diaz on March 7 2014, 1:40PM

The innovative all-woman Latin American band transgresses social, cultural, and gender norms with their unique ‘tropi punk.’

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Last Abortion Clinic in the Rio Grande Valley Shuttered

Last Abortion Clinic in the Rio Grande Valley Shuttered

by Von Diaz on March 7 2014, 11:45AM

Another bad week in reproductive health rights.

Topics: /NOW, War on Women

Watch the Trailer for the 'Annie' Remake Starring Quvenzhané Wallis

Watch the Trailer for the ‘Annie’ Remake Starring Quvenzhané Wallis

by Von Diaz on March 7 2014, 9:45AM

Yes, it’s absolutely adorable.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media, /NOW, Youth and Race

Production Begins on New Biopic of First Openly Gay Baseball Player

Production Begins on New Biopic of First Openly Gay Baseball Player

by Von Diaz on March 7 2014, 1:30AM

Glenn Burke paved the way for many of today’s LGBTQ athletes to come out of the closet.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW, Sports

Immigration Activist Disrupts Obama Speech in Connecticut

Immigration Activist Disrupts Obama Speech in Connecticut

by Von Diaz on March 6 2014, 4:39PM

The minimum wage increase is no distraction to some immigration reform advocates.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Politics

Alabama House Passes Four Strict Abortion Bills

Alabama House Passes Four Strict Abortion Bills

by Von Diaz on March 6 2014, 10:30AM

Among the new restrictions is the ‘heartbeat ban,’ which bans abortions after six weeks.

Topics: /NOW, On Gender, War on Women

Artist Kevin Truong Creates 'Visual Catalogue' of Gay Men Across the World

Artist Kevin Truong Creates ‘Visual Catalogue’ of Gay Men Across the World

by Von Diaz on March 6 2014, 9:05AM

Kevin Truong has photographed 373 men for The Gay Men Project.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Juan Bago and Remezcla Team Up on New Web Series

Juan Bago and Remezcla Team Up on New Web Series

by Von Diaz on March 5 2014, 4:05PM

The new comedy follows the trials of apiring Latino producers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Former Black Panther Marshall 'Eddie' Conway Released After 44 Years in Prison

Former Black Panther Marshall ‘Eddie’ Conway Released After 44 Years in Prison

by Von Diaz on March 5 2014, 2:53PM

After numerous campaigns, and consistent denial of the charges against him, the 68-year-old is now free.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Florida Senate Committee Passes 'Warning Shot Bill' as Marissa Alexander Faces Triple Sentence

Florida Senate Committee Passes ‘Warning Shot Bill’ as Marissa Alexander Faces Triple Sentence

by Von Diaz on March 5 2014, 1:17PM

The controversial bill expands existing Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws.

Topics: /NOW

The Housing Crisis Continues, and Many Are Tired of Waiting

The Housing Crisis Continues, and Many Are Tired of Waiting

by Von Diaz on March 5 2014, 8:30AM

The new ‘I Can’t Wait’ nationwide campaign collects and shares stories from those most affected by the ongoing U.S. housing crisis.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

A Bleak Year for Reproductive Justice

A Bleak Year for Reproductive Justice

by Von Diaz on December 31 2013, 12:11PM

After another challenging year for reproductive rights, many states are looking at fresh battles in 2014.

Topics: Health, War on Women

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