Anayansi Diaz-Cortes

Anayansi Diaz-Cortes


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Anayansi Diaz-Cortes is a long-time journalist and audio producer. Currently, she is a senior reporter and producer at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Her work there covers a range of issues – from wage-theft and predatory online gaming, to the criminal justice system in Mississippi and high school life under the COVID lockdown.

Anayansi’s passion is figuring out how to tell Latin American stories for a U.S. audience. Most recently she created “After Ayotzinapa”, an investigation into the harrowing story of 43 Mexican college students that disappeared in 2014. The series won the IRE Award for Longform Journalism in Audio, was a finalist for the prestigious Third Coast Award, and was named one of the Best Podcasts of 2022 by The New York Times.

Before Reveal, she created KCRW’s “Sonic Trace”, a radio and oral history project that connected urban life in Los Angeles to cities, villages and towns across Latin America. She began her career in sound at Radio Diaries. Her seminal documentary brought together over fifty voices to tell the hidden history of the Tlatelolco student massacre in Mexico in 1968 on NPR .