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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.

House Democrats Introduce New Immigration Bill Amid Government Shutdown

House Democrats Introduce New Immigration Bill Amid Government Shutdown

by Von Diaz on October 2 2013, 1:31PM

The new immigration bill seems as unlikely to pass as the Senate-backed bill, but House Democrats are still trying.

Topics: /NOW

Photo Series Explores Multiracial America

Photo Series Explores Multiracial America

by Von Diaz on October 2 2013, 10:59AM

The 125th anniversary issue of National Geographic magazine features striking photographs that document the shifting racial landscape of the U.S.

Topics: /NOW

Majority of Detained Immigrants Have No Criminal Convictions

Majority of Detained Immigrants Have No Criminal Convictions

by Von Diaz on October 1 2013, 1:04PM

Despite adjustments to detainer guidelines, a new report shows only a small percentage of immigrants in detention have committed serious offenses.

Topics: /NOW

Attack Against Sikh Professor Sparks Community Dialogue

Attack Against Sikh Professor Sparks Community Dialogue

by Von Diaz on September 30 2013, 4:20PM

Students and community members joined at the site where Dr. Prabhjot Singh was brutally attacked last week in a potential hate crime.

Topics: /NOW

Maya Angelou to be Awarded Mailer Lifetime Acheivement Award

Maya Angelou to be Awarded Mailer Lifetime Acheivement Award

by Von Diaz on September 30 2013, 10:13AM

Angelou was also awarded an honorary National Book Award earlier this month, making this her second major literary prize of the year.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Epic Documentary Charts Past Decade of Immigration Reform

Epic Documentary Charts Past Decade of Immigration Reform

by Von Diaz on September 27 2013, 3:58PM

Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson’s new nine-part documentary premiers at the New York Film Festival on October 11.

Topics: /NOW

New Car Cameras Being Tested for U.S. Border Patrol

New Car Cameras Being Tested for U.S. Border Patrol

by Von Diaz on September 27 2013, 2:30PM

Border patrol agents will be testing out dashboard cameras and getting new training in response to criticism over the use of deadly force.

Topics: /NOW

Yelp! Joins ALEC Amidst Ongoing Criticism

Yelp! Joins ALEC Amidst Ongoing Criticism

by Von Diaz on September 27 2013, 1:11PM

At least 50 corporations and nonprofits have severed ties with American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), but Yelp! is just getting on board.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Watch Big Freedia Set the World Record for Twerking

Watch Big Freedia Set the World Record for Twerking

by Von Diaz on September 26 2013, 1:56PM

And witness twerking history.

Topics: /NOW

Shellie Zimmerman Says She Now Doubts Husband's Innocence

Shellie Zimmerman Says She Now Doubts Husband’s Innocence

by Von Diaz on September 26 2013, 12:59PM

In an interview with NBC News, George Zimmerman’s wife talks about their recent altercation, and says she doesn’t know what her husband is capable of.

Topics: /NOW

Little Miss Hispanic Delaware Stripped of Her Crown

Little Miss Hispanic Delaware Stripped of Her Crown

by Von Diaz on September 26 2013, 10:10AM

Seven-year-old Jakiyah McKoy has been told there isn’t sufficient proof of her Hispanic heritage.

Topics: /NOW

Applying for DACA? There's an App for That

Applying for DACA? There’s an App for That

by Von Diaz on September 25 2013, 10:24AM

Undocumented youth can get tips on applying for deferred action right from their cell phones.

Topics: /NOW

Putting a Human Face on Food Stamps

Putting a Human Face on Food Stamps

by Von Diaz on September 25 2013, 7:00AM

If they become law, the House’s $40 billion in food stamp cuts could have grave consequences for some of the most vulnerable populations in the U.S.

Topics: Economy, Politics

Sikh Professor Attacked in Potential Hate Crime

Sikh Professor Attacked in Potential Hate Crime

by Von Diaz on September 23 2013, 2:20PM

Dr. Prabhjot Singh heard the words ‘Osama’ and ‘terrorist’ shortly before being attacked by a group of young men on Saturday night.

Topics: /NOW

Listen to a U.S. Citizen's Story of Being Detained By Immigration Enforcement

Listen to a U.S. Citizen’s Story of Being Detained By Immigration Enforcement

by Von Diaz on September 23 2013, 10:43AM

WNYC reporter Sarah Abdurrahman is detained at the border along with multiple family members, and is now filing an official complaint

Topics: /NOW

A Unique Alternative to a Prison Economy

A Unique Alternative to a Prison Economy

by Von Diaz on September 23 2013, 7:00AM

Prisons are big business in upstate New York, but many are closing. Milk Not Jails is working to promote a new industry in the state’s shifting rural landscape.

Topics: Criminal Justice, How We Eat

Watch This Adorable Video From Crazy Aunt Lindsey

Watch This Adorable Video From Crazy Aunt Lindsey

by Von Diaz on September 20 2013, 3:34PM

And teach your kids to make butter in the process!

Topics: /NOW

Boston Man Who Returned $42,000 is Generously Rewarded

Boston Man Who Returned $42,000 is Generously Rewarded

by Von Diaz on September 20 2013, 12:25PM

Glen James returned a backpack filled with money earlier this week, and has since received over $130,000 in donations (and counting)!

Topics: /NOW

House Votes to Cut $40 Billion in Funding For Food Stamps

House Votes to Cut $40 Billion in Funding For Food Stamps

by Von Diaz on September 20 2013, 11:40AM

The bill approved yesterday by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives would cut $4 billion annually for 10 years and includes strict new employment standards.

Topics: /NOW

Parents Complain After Child Forced to Reenact Slavery on a Field Trip

Parents Complain After Child Forced to Reenact Slavery on a Field Trip

by Von Diaz on September 19 2013, 5:15PM

A middle school student in Connecticut was called the N-word and chased through the woods during a field trip organized by her school.

Topics: /NOW, Youth and Race