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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.

Albuquerque Residents Set to Vote on Abortion Ban

Albuquerque Residents Set to Vote on Abortion Ban

by Von Diaz on November 7 2013, 12:24PM

If passed, it would be the first municipal ban on abortion in the nation.

Topics: /NOW

Border Patrol Announces It Will Continue Using Deadly Force Against Rock-Throwers

Border Patrol Announces It Will Continue Using Deadly Force Against Rock-Throwers

by Von Diaz on November 6 2013, 2:21PM

Eight people have been killed by border agents in rock-throwing incidents since 2010.

Topics: /NOW

TRAP Laws Are the New Battleground for Abortion Rights

TRAP Laws Are the New Battleground for Abortion Rights

by Von Diaz on November 5 2013, 6:14PM

As the abortion wars wage on in Texas, ubiquitous TRAP laws seem to be spreading across the country.

Topics: War on Women

'Anti-Rape Wear' Reinforces Every Rape Myth You Can Think Of

‘Anti-Rape Wear’ Reinforces Every Rape Myth You Can Think Of

by Von Diaz on November 5 2013, 4:18PM

Yes, that’s right—rape-resistant underwear.

Topics: /NOW

Study: Racists More Likely To Own Guns

Study: Racists More Likely To Own Guns

by Von Diaz on November 5 2013, 12:09PM

Researchers from Australia and Great Britain found a strong connection between racist attitudes in the U.S. and gun ownership.

Topics: /NOW

Watch the Trailer for 'Cesar Chavez: An American Hero'

Watch the Trailer for ‘Cesar Chavez: An American Hero’

by Von Diaz on November 5 2013, 10:13AM

The upcoming film about the influential civil rights leader is set for release in April 2014.

Topics: /NOW

Federal Court Reinstates Parts of Texas Abortion Law

Federal Court Reinstates Parts of Texas Abortion Law

by Von Diaz on November 1 2013, 2:19PM

A federal appeals court voted to reverse last week’s decision to block certain portions of the controversial new Texas abortion law.

Topics: /NOW

Feds to Investigate Kendrick Johnson's Death

Feds to Investigate Kendrick Johnson’s Death

by Von Diaz on November 1 2013, 11:13AM

The Georgia teen’s parents believe he was murdered, and that his case was not fully investigated because he was black.

Topics: /NOW

Illinois Will Soon Begin Issuing Driver's Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

Illinois Will Soon Begin Issuing Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

by Von Diaz on October 31 2013, 3:18PM

Starting November 12 undocumented immigrants can begin applying for licenses.

Topics: /NOW

Many Elite U.S. Colleges Have Deep Roots in Slavery

Many Elite U.S. Colleges Have Deep Roots in Slavery

by Von Diaz on October 31 2013, 10:51AM

Craig S. Wilder’s new book ‘Ebony & Ivy’ looks closely at the connections between the Atlantic slave trade and universities including Harvard, Brown, and Yale.

Topics: /NOW

Automatic Cuts to Food Stamps Coming This Week

Automatic Cuts to Food Stamps Coming This Week

by Von Diaz on October 30 2013, 5:21PM

A scheduled $5 billion will be cut from federal SNAP benefits starting November 1.

Topics: /NOW

Settlement Reached to Block Key Parts of Alabama Immigration Law

Settlement Reached to Block Key Parts of Alabama Immigration Law

by Von Diaz on October 30 2013, 2:33PM

A coalition of civil rights groups declared victory yesterday after two years of battling an immigration law criticized for being excessive and leading to racial profiling.

Topics: /NOW

Ray Kelly Gets Booed Off Stage by Brown University Students

Ray Kelly Gets Booed Off Stage by Brown University Students

by Von Diaz on October 30 2013, 11:51AM

More than 100 Brown students demanded Commissioner Kelly end the controversial NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic during a scheduled talk.

Topics: /NOW

Dangerous Sexism Photo

Dangerous Sexism

by Von Diaz on October 30 2013, 7:00AM

Thirty five years after affirmative action, the number of women in construction remains flat. A travelling exhbition about the field’s sexism, racism—and physical danger—points to why those numbers remain so low.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

FBI Launches Independent Investigation Into Andy Lopez Shooting

FBI Launches Independent Investigation Into Andy Lopez Shooting

by Von Diaz on October 29 2013, 4:10PM

The 13-year-old was shot dead by police last week while walking home from school.

Topics: /NOW

Watch What People Say to Teenage Girls on the Street

Watch What People Say to Teenage Girls on the Street

by Von Diaz on October 29 2013, 12:27PM

Young women in Philadelphia share their experiences with street harassment, some even being followed to school by strangers.

Topics: /NOW

North Dakota Town Keeps Battling White Supremacist

North Dakota Town Keeps Battling White Supremacist

by Von Diaz on October 28 2013, 2:15PM

Residents and local government in Leith, N.D., are taking legal measures to stop Craig Cobb from building a white power enclave in their town.

Topics: /NOW

'The Graduates/Los Graduados' Premiers on PBS

‘The Graduates/Los Graduados’ Premiers on PBS

by Von Diaz on October 28 2013, 10:44AM

A new documentary series follows six Latino youth across the U.S. who are conflicted about dropping out of high school.

Topics: /NOW

Pregnant Woman Fights Wisconsin Fetal Rights Laws

Pregnant Woman Fights Wisconsin Fetal Rights Laws

by Von Diaz on October 25 2013, 4:30PM

Alicia Beltran has filed a lawsuit against the so-called ‘cocaine mom’ law after she was detained under suspicion of drug use, even though she wasn’t using drugs at the time.

Topics: /NOW

More Evidence New York's Tech Industry is Dominated by White Men

More Evidence New York’s Tech Industry is Dominated by White Men

by Von Diaz on October 25 2013, 2:01PM

Out of a list of the ‘Silicon Alley 100,’ a scant few are people of color or women.

Topics: /NOW