Colorlines

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.

East Harlem Mural Sparks Controversy in Local Election

East Harlem Mural Sparks Controversy in Local Election

by Von Diaz on September 9 2013, 2:59PM

New York City Council candidate Gwen Goodwin claims incumbent Melissa Mark-Viverito tried to send her a message with a mural on her building.

Topics: /NOW

Undocumented Immigrant Awaits Supreme Court Decision on Becoming a Lawyer

Undocumented Immigrant Awaits Supreme Court Decision on Becoming a Lawyer

by Von Diaz on September 9 2013, 1:57PM

Sergio C. Garcia passed the California State Bar Exam in 2009, but when that license was revoked soon after he began fighting for the right to practice law.

Topics: /NOW

What Ever Happened to Michelle Obama's School Lunch Program?

What Ever Happened to Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Program?

by Von Diaz on September 9 2013, 7:00AM

As districts drop the healthier meals due to student complaints will the kids who need them most lose out?

Topics: Schools & Youth

'No Papers, No Fear' Undocubus Destroyed in Los Angeles

‘No Papers, No Fear’ Undocubus Destroyed in Los Angeles

by Von Diaz on September 6 2013, 10:27AM

‘No Papers, No Fear’ organizers are fundraising to repair the Undocubus so they can get back on the road.

Topics: /NOW

Walmart Employees Stage Nationwide Protest

Walmart Employees Stage Nationwide Protest

by Von Diaz on September 5 2013, 11:06AM

Demonstrations in protest of low wages and employee terminations are expected in 15 cities nationwide.

Topics: /NOW

Today in Twitter Racism: 'WhyDoBlackPeople'

Today in Twitter Racism: ‘WhyDoBlackPeople’

by Von Diaz on September 4 2013, 1:13PM

Today an incredibly unsmart hashtag is trending.

Topics: /NOW

Watch Rebel Diaz's New Immigration Anthem

Watch Rebel Diaz’s New Immigration Anthem

by Von Diaz on September 4 2013, 9:55AM

The Bronx trio is owning their ‘Alien’ roots.

Topics: /NOW

Inside Out 11M Public Art Project Hits Miami

Inside Out 11M Public Art Project Hits Miami

by Von Diaz on September 3 2013, 3:08PM

11M draws attention to the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. through a participatory art project.

Topics: /NOW

White Supremacist Aims to Create Colony in North Dakota Small Town

White Supremacist Aims to Create Colony in North Dakota Small Town

by Von Diaz on August 30 2013, 4:30PM

Paul Craig Cobb has been buying up property in the small town of Leith, North Dakota over the past two years.

Topics: /NOW

Does it Matter if Cory Booker is (or Isn't) Gay?

Does it Matter if Cory Booker is (or Isn’t) Gay?

by Von Diaz on August 30 2013, 12:57PM

Rival Senate race candidate Steve Lonegan challenges Cory Booker’s manhood, and says he’s pandering to gays.

Topics: /NOW

On Hurricane Katrina's Eighth Anniversary New Orleans Residents Continue Rebuilding

On Hurricane Katrina’s Eighth Anniversary New Orleans Residents Continue Rebuilding

by Von Diaz on August 29 2013, 3:03PM

New Orleans appears to be on the rebound and residents who chose to stay or have returned are working hard to revitalize the city.

Topics: /NOW

Big Freedia to Miley Cyrus: That's Not Twerking

Big Freedia to Miley Cyrus: That’s Not Twerking

by Von Diaz on August 29 2013, 11:05AM

‘Bounce Queen’ Big Freedia responds to Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Twerking

Latina Filmmaker Vanessa Libertad Garcia Dies at Age 29

Latina Filmmaker Vanessa Libertad Garcia Dies at Age 29

by Von Diaz on August 29 2013, 10:03AM

A promising young filmmaker at the beginning of her career, Garcia took her life on August 17.

Topics: /NOW

NYPD Covertly Labels Mosques as Terrorism Organizations

NYPD Covertly Labels Mosques as Terrorism Organizations

by Von Diaz on August 28 2013, 11:41AM

Undercover documents expose extensive mosque surveillance in New York.

Topics: /NOW

Here's 15 Smart Women of Color on Twitter

Here’s 15 Smart Women of Color on Twitter

by Von Diaz on August 27 2013, 2:10PM

Because a recent list of the 25 smartest women on Twitter is a bit monolithic.

Topics: /NOW

Youth Bridge Digital Storytelling and Slam Poetry in Off-Page Project

Youth Bridge Digital Storytelling and Slam Poetry in Off-Page Project

by Von Diaz on August 19 2013, 10:37AM

The newly launched project activates youth to tell stories that often go unheard using spoken word and digital media.

Topics: /NOW

Hospital Reverses Decision On Anthony Stokes Heart Transplant

Hospital Reverses Decision On Anthony Stokes Heart Transplant

by Von Diaz on August 15 2013, 1:15PM

The Atlanta teen is now first in line to receive a potentially life-saving heart transplant.

Topics: /NOW

Kal Penn Tweets in Support of Stop-and-Frisk

Kal Penn Tweets in Support of Stop-and-Frisk

by Von Diaz on August 15 2013, 9:31AM

Actor Kal Penn calls stop-and-frisk ‘sound policy,’ says blacks and Latinos commit the most crimes

Topics: /NOW

Five Things We Know About DACA on its First Anniversary

Five Things We Know About DACA on its First Anniversary

by Von Diaz on August 14 2013, 12:45PM

The Brookings Institute released a report today looking at the last year of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a band aid approach to addressing immigration reform for the estimated 1.6 million undocumented immigrant youth living in the…

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Atlanta Teen Denied Heart Transplant Due to 'Noncompliance'

Atlanta Teen Denied Heart Transplant Due to ‘Noncompliance’

by Von Diaz on August 13 2013, 10:20AM

Fifteen-year-old Anthony Stokes has been given six months to live if he doesn’t receive a heart transplant.

Topics: /NOW, Youth and Race