Diana Durán

Bogota

News assistant for the Colombia bureau, covering human rights issues, drug trafficking, justice affairs

Education: Universidad Autónoma de Occidente (Cali, Colombia), BA in Communication and Journalism; London School of Economics, MSc in Human Rights

Diana Durán is a news assistant for The Washington Post's Colombia bureau. She is a Colombian journalist with over 14 years of experience, mainly in human rights issues, drug trafficking and justice affairs. Durán has a master’s degree in human rights from the London School of Ecnomics. She has twice been a recipient of Simón Bolívar National Journalism awards, in 2008 and 2013. She also has received an Inter American Press Association Excellence in Journalism Award, in 2010.
Latest from Diana Durán

A lawyer disappeared from a police academy. Her body was just found.

The disappearance of María Belén Bernal, a 34-year-old criminal defense attorney, shocked Ecuador, a nation reeling from rising violence against women.

September 21, 2022

Colombia, largest cocaine supplier to U.S., considers decriminalizing

The country's first leftist president calls for "a new international convention that accepts that the war on drugs has failed." The United States opposes decriminalization.

August 20, 2022

Colombia wants him adopted. But he has a family — and they want him back.

The 6-year-old is one of hundreds of Venezuelan minors in Colombia's child-welfare system. Colombia is seeking permission to begin putting them up for adoption.

August 6, 2022

Meet the designer who’s dressing Colombia’s first Black vice president

Francia Márquez, who takes office in August, has used her growing prominence to mainstream her Afro-Colombian heritage.

July 16, 2022

Colombia truth panel calls for move toward ‘legal regulation’ of drugs

The truth commission, appointed as part of the 2016 peace deal between the government and rebel groups, recommended authorities stop focusing on prohibiting illicit drugs.

June 28, 2022

Bullfight stands collapse, causing deaths and scores of injuries

Video captures the moment when several tiers of the makeshift stands in El Espinal, Colombia, pitch forward into the bullring, trapping hundreds of spectators.

June 26, 2022

The Black feminist activist who could be Colombia’s vice president

Francia Márquez, a political newcomer, is forcing Colombia to confront its racist, classist and sexist past and present.

May 21, 2022

Prosecutor on his honeymoon is gunned down by hit men at beach

Authorities believe the brazen killing of Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci at a resort in Colombia was related to his work investigating “international terrorism.”

May 11, 2022

Cartel shuts down much of Colombia over leader’s extradition to U.S.

The Clan del Golfo terrorized cities across more than 100 municipalities in 10 departments, confining residents in their homes, blocking roads and paralyzing businesses.

May 9, 2022