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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.

Baby Veronica's Father Turns Himself in After Refusing to Hand Her Over

Baby Veronica’s Father Turns Himself in After Refusing to Hand Her Over

by Von Diaz on August 13 2013, 10:15AM

Dusten Brown had a warrant out for his arrest after he failed to show up for a court-ordered hearing to deliver Baby Veronica to the couple that wants to adopt her.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Immigrant Artist Israel Hernandez-Llach Dies After Police Tasering

Immigrant Artist Israel Hernandez-Llach Dies After Police Tasering

by Von Diaz on August 9 2013, 4:35PM

Miami Beach police are under investigation following the death of an 18-year-old graffiti artist.

Topics: /NOW, Youth and Race

Oprah Gets Apology for Racist Incident in Switzerland

Oprah Gets Apology for Racist Incident in Switzerland

by Von Diaz on August 9 2013, 2:56PM

The Swiss tourism office has apologized to Oprah, who was recently prevented from buying a pricey handbag in Zurich that was ‘too expensive’ for her.

Topics: /NOW, Oprah

NYPD to Clear Stop-and-Frisk Names Database

NYPD to Clear Stop-and-Frisk Names Database

by Von Diaz on August 8 2013, 11:33AM

The New York Civil Liberties Union reached an agreement with New York City yesterday to remove the names of people whose cases were dismissed after being stopped.

Topics: /NOW, Stop and Frisk

ABC Announces the First Latino 'Bachelor'

ABC Announces the First Latino ‘Bachelor’

by Von Diaz on August 7 2013, 5:29PM

Venezuelan single father Juan Pablo Galavis will be the first non-white contestant of ‘The Bachelor.”

Topics: /NOW

Watch Aura Bogado's Live Chat with Maria Hinojosa on the Dream 9

Watch Aura Bogado’s Live Chat with Maria Hinojosa on the Dream 9

by Von Diaz on August 7 2013, 4:04PM

Colorlines’s Reporter Aura Bogado gives an update on the Dream 9 in a live chat with Maria Hinojosa, Yajaira Saavedra, and Matthew Kolken.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

'Gazillion Voices' Explores Race and Identity in Adoption

‘Gazillion Voices’ Explores Race and Identity in Adoption

by Von Diaz on August 7 2013, 9:16AM

A new online magazine for adoptees aims to draw attention to the complexities of adoption and inject race into the conversation.

Topics: /NOW

Hunger Strikes Continue at Guantanamo After Six Months

Hunger Strikes Continue at Guantanamo After Six Months

by Von Diaz on August 6 2013, 1:40PM

Sixty inmates Guantánamo Bay remain on hunger strike after six months, leading celebrities to speak out in protest.

Topics: Global Affairs, /NOW

Wisconsin Sikhs Commemorate First Anniversary of Oak Creek Shooting

Wisconsin Sikhs Commemorate First Anniversary of Oak Creek Shooting

by Von Diaz on August 5 2013, 4:41PM

Hundreds of supporters came together today to remember the victims of last year’s mass shooting at a Sikh temple.

Topics: /NOW, Sikh Murders

The Original 'Sapphires' Join Protest Over Sexist, Racist DVD Cover

The Original ‘Sapphires’ Join Protest Over Sexist, Racist DVD Cover

by Von Diaz on August 5 2013, 1:19PM

The new U.S. version of ‘The Sapphires’ DVD takes the focus away from the Aboriginal women who star in the film.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

41 Immigration Reform Activists Arrested in Washington DC

41 Immigration Reform Activists Arrested in Washington DC

by Von Diaz on August 2 2013, 10:52AM

While dozens of activists were arrested in the most recent act of civil disobedience for immigration reform, other advocates are mocking Rep. Steve King’s racist remarks by delivering cantaloupes and photographing their calves.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Why 'Orange Is the New Black' Is So Addictive

Why ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Is So Addictive

by Von Diaz on August 2 2013, 7:15AM

The Netflix series sets the bar for a new kind of dramedy that carefully addresses gender, sexuality, and white privilege.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Media

Kidnapper Ariel Castro Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole

Kidnapper Ariel Castro Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole

by Von Diaz on August 1 2013, 4:20PM

Ariel Castro, the man who kidnapped and tortured 3 women for 11 years in his Cleveland home, was sentenced to life in prison (plus 1,000 years) without parole. For several hours the judge, counsel, witnesses, and survivors listened to horrifying…

Topics: /NOW

Eagles Receiver Riley Cooper Apologizes for Using the N-Word

Eagles Receiver Riley Cooper Apologizes for Using the N-Word

by Von Diaz on August 1 2013, 11:43AM

Riley Cooper gave what seemed like a heartfelt apology at a press conference today for using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. In a video that surfaced yesterday, Cooper is caught on tape saying, “I will jump…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Black Girls Code Founder Kimberly Bryant Gets White House Nod

Black Girls Code Founder Kimberly Bryant Gets White House Nod

by Von Diaz on July 31 2013, 2:29PM

The San Francisco-based founder of the STEM initiative got one of 11 White House Champions for Change in Tech Inclusion awards today.

Topics: /NOW, Technology

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