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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.

New Mexico Police Shoot at Minivan Full of Kids

New Mexico Police Shoot at Minivan Full of Kids

by Von Diaz on November 18 2013, 4:07PM

Officers busted the back window and fired three shots at a minivan containing a black mother and her five children.

Topics: /NOW

Mapping Cuts to Food Stamps

Mapping Cuts to Food Stamps

by Von Diaz on November 18 2013, 11:01AM

Stateline’s interactive map gives a state-by-state breakdown of the 47 million people effected by the November 1 cuts to SNAP.

Topics: Food Stamps, /NOW

Andy Lopez Case Still Under Investigation

Andy Lopez Case Still Under Investigation

by Von Diaz on November 15 2013, 2:48PM

The Lopez family has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the sheriff’s deputy accused of killing the 13-year old.

Topics: /NOW

How Latino Activists Fought For Transgender Rights in Massachusetts

How Latino Activists Fought For Transgender Rights in Massachusetts

by Von Diaz on November 15 2013, 11:49AM

A new film directed by Frances Negrón-Muntaner tells the story the activists who made the 2012 Transgender Equal Rights Bill possible.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Calle 13 Teams Up with Julian Assange on 'Multi_Viral'

Calle 13 Teams Up with Julian Assange on ‘Multi_Viral’

by Von Diaz on November 14 2013, 3:37PM

The Puerto Rican group rails against government spying on their new track.

Topics: /NOW

How Immigration Reform Could Benefit LGBT People

How Immigration Reform Could Benefit LGBT People

by Von Diaz on November 14 2013, 11:55AM

A new infographic from the Center for American Progress maps out immigration reform for LGBT communities.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Immigration, /NOW

Is it Getting Tougher for Latinos to Own Homes?

Is it Getting Tougher for Latinos to Own Homes?

by Von Diaz on November 14 2013, 10:30AM

Stricter home ownership regulations are hitting the Latino community particularly hard.

Topics: /NOW

'Women and the Word' Celebrates Queer Poets of Color

‘Women and the Word’ Celebrates Queer Poets of Color

by Von Diaz on November 13 2013, 12:41PM

This new film follows five queer women of color on a nationwide poetry tour. Coming soon!

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Watch Black Students Call out UCLA for Lack of Diversity

Watch Black Students Call out UCLA for Lack of Diversity

by Von Diaz on November 13 2013, 11:39AM

Poet and activist Sy Stokes says, ‘This school is not diverse because you put it on a pamphlet.’

Topics: Education Reform, /NOW, Youth and Race

Vietnamese LGBT Groups Again Blocked from Annual Cultural Celebration

Vietnamese LGBT Groups Again Blocked from Annual Cultural Celebration

by Von Diaz on November 12 2013, 4:37PM

Despite public outcry, parade organizers voted Monday to block LGBT groups from walking in the 2014 parade.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Luis Gutierrez Shames Obama and Republicans on Immigration Reform Impass

Luis Gutierrez Shames Obama and Republicans on Immigration Reform Impass

by Von Diaz on November 12 2013, 2:40PM

Gutierrez says, ‘There’s much more the President can do about deportations.’

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Advocates Prepare for Next Round in New York Women's Equality Act

Advocates Prepare for Next Round in New York Women’s Equality Act

by Von Diaz on November 12 2013, 11:56AM

The act is meant to ensure equal pay provisions, standards around sexual harassment, and protections for survivors of domestic violence.

Topics: /NOW

NAACP Comes Out in Support of Bipartisan Marijuana Legislation

NAACP Comes Out in Support of Bipartisan Marijuana Legislation

by Von Diaz on November 11 2013, 1:17PM

Congress is currently considering legislation that would expand protections for states seeking to decriminalize marijuana.

Topics: /NOW

Puerto Rican Film 'Por Amor En El Caserio' Premiers in New York

Puerto Rican Film ‘Por Amor En El Caserio’ Premiers in New York

by Von Diaz on November 11 2013, 10:59AM

The film premiers November 11 at John Jay College.

Topics: /NOW

Tristan Walker's Plans to Increase Diversity in Silicon Valley

Tristan Walker’s Plans to Increase Diversity in Silicon Valley

by Von Diaz on November 11 2013, 10:03AM

The former head of business development at FourSquare now has his sights set on increasing diversity in the tech sector.

Topics: /NOW, Technology

Homeless Youth in Focus

Homeless Youth in Focus

by Von Diaz on November 11 2013, 7:00AM

Newly released studies indicate the number of homeless youth nationwide is rising.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Schools & Youth

Watch Traffic Cop Mentoria Hutchinson Dance in the Streets

Watch Traffic Cop Mentoria Hutchinson Dance in the Streets

by Von Diaz on November 8 2013, 11:27AM

The 61-year-old NYPD traffic cop has been directing cars with her dance moves for 33 years.

Topics: /NOW

Number of Immigrant Youth Left Alone in the U.S. on the Rise

Number of Immigrant Youth Left Alone in the U.S. on the Rise

by Von Diaz on November 8 2013, 9:24AM

The number of unaccompanied immigrant minors in the U.S. has tripled in the last five years under a broken immigration system.

Topics: DREAM Act, Immigration, /NOW

Senate Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Senate Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

by Von Diaz on November 7 2013, 4:15PM

ENDA passed with 64-32 votes in the Senate today.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

More on Racial Disparity in the U.S. Labor Force

More on Racial Disparity in the U.S. Labor Force

by Von Diaz on November 7 2013, 3:17PM

A new report from ‘The Atlantic’ sheds light on the depth of racial wage and employment inequality.

Topics: /NOW