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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.

Has Stop-and-Frisk Been Replaced by Youth Surveillance?

Has Stop-and-Frisk Been Replaced by Youth Surveillance?

by Von Diaz on September 19 2013, 3:41PM

An article in today’s New York Times claims the NYPD is increasingly monitoring social media for youth gang activity.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, /NOW

New York City Has Widest Income Gap According to American Community Survey

New York City Has Widest Income Gap According to American Community Survey

by Von Diaz on September 19 2013, 1:31PM

The newest U.S. Census Bureau data shows poverty rates remain high nationwide, but haven’t increased.

Topics: /NOW

Minimum Wage and Overtime Extended to Home Care Workers

Minimum Wage and Overtime Extended to Home Care Workers

by Von Diaz on September 18 2013, 12:52PM

Tuesday’s ruling by the Obama administration affects nearly 2 million health care workers.

Topics: /NOW

DREAMer Activist Self-Deports After Time Runs Out

DREAMer Activist Self-Deports After Time Runs Out

by Von Diaz on September 18 2013, 10:11AM

Juan Gomez voluntarily left the U.S. after multiple attempts for work authorization failed.

Topics: /NOW

'Latino Americans' Debuts on PBS

‘Latino Americans’ Debuts on PBS

by Von Diaz on September 18 2013, 10:01AM

This six-hour documentary chronicles the emergence of Latino communities in the U.S.

Topics: /NOW

Census Releases New Poverty Stats

Census Releases New Poverty Stats

by Von Diaz on September 17 2013, 11:25AM

Incomes and poverty levels remained steady in 2012, but the number of people with health insurance has increased.

Topics: /NOW

Three Faces of DACA

Three Faces of DACA

by Von Diaz on September 17 2013, 7:00AM

A year after Deferred Action for Child Arrivals was launched, young people are having very different experiences with the program.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform

New Miss America Faces Harsh Racism

New Miss America Faces Harsh Racism

by Von Diaz on September 16 2013, 11:16AM

Nina Davuluri, Miss New York and the latest Miss America, is of Indian descent and met fierce racism after her crowning last night.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Latino Novel Banned in Arizona Public School

Latino Novel Banned in Arizona Public School

by Von Diaz on September 16 2013, 10:25AM

Cristina García’s book “Dreaming in Cuban” is banned due to a sexually explicit passage.

Topics: /NOW

Watch Julie Chen Talk about Racism and Getting Eyelid Surgery

Watch Julie Chen Talk about Racism and Getting Eyelid Surgery

by Von Diaz on September 13 2013, 4:05PM

CBS’ “The Talk” host Julie Chen recently revealed she was pressured into eyelid surgery.

Topics: /NOW

NYPD Commissioner Sends Memo: Indians Are Asians, Not American Indians

NYPD Commissioner Sends Memo: Indians Are Asians, Not American Indians

by Von Diaz on September 13 2013, 2:43PM

A recent report showed the NYPD wrongly categorized some crime victims and suspects as American Indians.

Topics: /NOW

Snoop Lion Joins Rappers Donating to Funeral for LA Girl

Snoop Lion Joins Rappers Donating to Funeral for LA Girl

by Von Diaz on September 13 2013, 12:18PM

Six-year-old Tiana Ricks was killed this week in a suspected gang incident.

Topics: /NOW

Immigrant Window Washer Documentary Shortlisted for an Academy Award

Immigrant Window Washer Documentary Shortlisted for an Academy Award

by Von Diaz on September 13 2013, 11:00AM

Paraíso highlights Mexican immigrants who risk their lives as Chicago window washers.

Topics: /NOW

Shonda Rhimes to Produce New Show with Scandal's Dan Bucatinsky

Shonda Rhimes to Produce New Show with Scandal’s Dan Bucatinsky

by Von Diaz on September 12 2013, 4:10PM

This one’s about scandalous parents.

Topics: /NOW

Watch 100 Women Risk Arrest for Immigration Reform

Watch 100 Women Risk Arrest for Immigration Reform

by Von Diaz on September 12 2013, 1:55PM

Undocumented immigrant women were joined by more than a dozen prominent women’s organizations today in an act of civil disobedience in Washington D.C.

Topics: /NOW

Public Universities Funding Less Low-Income Students Nationwide

Public Universities Funding Less Low-Income Students Nationwide

by Von Diaz on September 11 2013, 3:24PM

A new study from ProPublica and The Chronicle for Higher Education shows colleges most frequented by low-income students are giving them less aid than ever.

Topics: /NOW

Jasmine Jordan Responds to Gay Rumors

Jasmine Jordan Responds to Gay Rumors

by Von Diaz on September 11 2013, 12:48PM

She hasn’t said yes or no, but her response is adorable.

Topics: /NOW

Oklahoma School Changes Policy on Dreadlocks

Oklahoma School Changes Policy on Dreadlocks

by Von Diaz on September 10 2013, 3:14PM

Deborah Brown Community School came under fire last week for barring 7-year-old Tiana Parker from wearing dreads to school.

Topics: /NOW

Update: George Zimmerman Released Without Charges

Update: George Zimmerman Released Without Charges

by Von Diaz on September 10 2013, 10:31AM

Shellie Zimmerman retracted statements made yesterday on a call to 911, saying she never saw a gun, and will not press charges.

Topics: /NOW

George Zimmerman Detained After Gun-Related Domestic Incident

George Zimmerman Detained After Gun-Related Domestic Incident

by Von Diaz on September 9 2013, 4:32PM

George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie called police today after he allegedly pulled a knife, then a gun on her during a domestic dispute.

Topics: /NOW