Author: Von Diaz

Bio: Von Diaz is a writer and radio producer based in New York City. She is a self-taught cook who explores Puerto Rican food, culture, and identity through memoir and multimedia. Her work has been featured on NPR, American Public Media, StoryCorps, WNYC, PRI’s The World, BuzzFeed, Colorlines, and Feet in 2 Worlds. Von has an M.A. in journalism and Latin American and Caribbean studies from New York University. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, she earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies and focused her research on women in Latin America. She is a currently a producer at StoryCorps, and previously worked in community advocacy and communications for nonprofits focused on women, children, art, and Latino culture.


Reunion – The Dream City Podcast, Episode 3

Posted on: 29 Oct 2015

Once homeless, a young immigrant from Guyana looks to help others who face similar challenges.

It Matters Who Tells The Story

Posted on: 12 May 2015

From gay, homeless immigrant youth to reimagining Puerto Rican cuisine, Von Diaz reflects on her time at Fi2W.

Baking Fantasy Cakes, Celebrating Dominican Flavors

Posted on: 26 Aug 2014

A photo essay that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Three Generations, One Cookbook, and Memories of Puerto Rico

Posted on: 25 Aug 2014

Cocina Criolla is back with a new video and a family recipe for chicharrones de pollo

Fi2W on the Radio: DREAMers No Longer of One Mind on Immigration Reform

Posted on: 02 Jul 2014

Former Fi2W editor Von Diaz reports on WNYC.

More Than One Way to Crack a Coconut: Making Puerto Rican Tembleque

Posted on: 15 May 2014

As part of her exploration of the Puerto Rican cookbook Cocina Criolla, Von Diaz takes on a simple dessert. But it’s not that easy without a machete.

Podcast: DREAMers No More- What is Happening to Young, Undocumented Immigrant Activists?

Posted on: 07 May 2014

Undocumented youth activists are changing strategies in response to the deadlock over immigration reform.

The DREAM Movement’s New Agenda: Five Young Immigrants Tell Us Why They’ve Moved Beyond Seeking a Pathway to Citizenship

Posted on: 28 Apr 2014

Frustrated with the deadlock in Washington over immigration reform, young immigrant activists are starting to distance themselves from the core goals of the DREAMer movement.

Thanksgiving Recipes with Immigrant Flair

Posted on: 22 Nov 2013

Check out three immigrant-inspired side dishes from chefs with diverse backgrounds.

How New Yorkers Can Help Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

Posted on: 14 Nov 2013

“The relief efforts are dismal compared with the scale of the destruction,” says former Fi2W fellow Aurora Almendral in the Philippines.