Born to Puerto Rican parents and raised in a small North Carolina town, Natasha Del Toro is proud to be a hick spic. She grew up on rice and beans, biscuits and Waffle House coffee. Dancing salsa. She even had a mullet long before it was cool. Sadly, those photos have all been burned.
As the only Latina in her community, she learned to operate between two cultures. Glaring racial divisions stoked her sense of social justice. She decided she wanted to see the world. And has lived in New Orleans, Barcelona, Medellin, Tampa, Miami and New York three or four times.
Journalism has given her an excuse to talk to people, learn about different countries and tell stories that she hopes make a difference.
She's reported on a wide range of topics--arts and culture, politics, immigration and the environment. She produced short docs on artists in Cuba, a musician in Haiti and covered the 2008 Democratic National Convention for PBS Frontline World. Working as a staff videographer for TIME.com, her reports on the Haiti earthquake were honored at the New York Press Club. She also traveled across the US with photographer Joakim Eskildsen to produce a book and multimedia website on poverty in America called American Realities. That project led to a documentary by KQED and Center for Investigative Reporting called Hunger in the Valley of Plenty that won an Emmy.
In 2013, she completed a Fulbright Scholarship, teaching a multimedia journalism class at the University of Antioquia in Medellin.
She now lives in Miami and works as an on-camera correspondent with an amazing team at Fusion, an ABC/Univision joint venture. Her documentaries for Fusion's Naked Truth series have been awarded a DuPont and RFK award. She was also part of the consortium of journalists that won a Pulitzer for reporting on the Panama Papers. The Naked Truth is also now a popular docu-series on Netflix. And you can see some of her segments about Puerto Rico on HBO's Outpost series.
She also currently hosts America Reframed on PBS World Channel, a show which features independent documentaries about the changing face and identity of the U.S, which is in its sixth season. The series is curated by American Documentary, the creators of POV. America Reframed won a DuPont, a Gracie award and was nominated for an Emmy.
And she's excited to see what comes next.