Jessica Diaz-Hurtado Jessica Diaz-Hurtado is a Kroc Fellow at NPR.

Jessica Diaz-Hurtado

Kroc Fellow

Jessica Diaz Hurtado is a Kroc Fellow at NPR. With roots in Latin America, her work focuses on immigration, race, conflict and culture. She received her B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was awarded the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Scholarship. She also received her M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. In 2014 she directed and produced her award-winning documentary series, Ta Ligado: Rodas e Hip Hop no Rio, on Rio de Janeiro's youth hip hop culture. After graduating, she was a freelance multimedia journalist in South America. She is currently a 2016-17 Kroc Fellow.

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What's Behind The Success Of 'Despacito'?

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The Largest U.S. Latino Advocacy Group Changes Its Name, Sparking Debate

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For The Chulita Vinyl Club, Crate Digging Is More Than A Hobby

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Celebrating Mujeres: Butterflies, Brujas And Bey

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Alt.Latino Extra: Being Unapologetic, Being Afro-Latina

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Get To Know Afro-Brazilian Music With This Alt.Latino Mixtape

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'La Verdad': The Truth Of Latin American Hip-Hop

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