Carmen Graciela Díaz is a Puerto Rican journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing and publishing, both in Spanish and English. She has also been an adjunct in the J-School’s Bilingual Program for three semesters, consistently earning high marks from students.
She wrote her first book on the history of groundbreaking Puerto Rican publication, Avance. She has worked with Univision News Digital, El Nuevo Día, and Primera Hora writing on arts journalism, lifestyle, entertainment, education, and Hispanic issues. Díaz has profiled several significant figures including Marina Abramovic, John Malkovich, Junot Díaz, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Oliver Stone, José Andrés, Custo Dalmau, and Jane Goodall.
Her thesis project at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism on the life of Puerto Rico’s first openly gay writer, Manuel Ramos Otero, was published in Hunter College’s Puerto Rican Studies journal, Centro, in 2018. Her most recent work includes conducting research for the biopic “Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It” and contributing chapters for the book “ArtPlace: 10 Years.”
Since 2018, she has worked as the communications and publications manager of Grantmakers in the Arts, an association of philanthropic organizations that support the arts, and she freelances for El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico’s main newspaper. Her articles have appeared in publications like The Common and Reasons to be Cheerful.
She began teaching in 2011 at the Universidad Metropolitana in Puerto Rico. She returned to teaching in 2017 when she taught journalism to talented high school students in the Bronx who were seeking to advance their college credits through courses at Lehman College.
Díaz holds two master’s degrees, one from Columbia’s journalism school in Arts and Culture Reporting (New York) and the other from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (San Juan) in Cultural Studies.