Laura V. Diaz-Zuniga

International Journalist

Atlanta, GA

Laura V. Diaz-Zuniga

Laura V. Diaz-Zuniga is a CNN and CNN en Español journalist. She has covered the Georgia state legislature, crime, Latin American politics, terrorism, and general interest stories. Laura is bilingual, being fluent in English and Spanish, as well as conversational in Italian.


Saudi student now a US fugitive after skipping bail paid by consulate

(CNN)A Saudi student accused of killing an Oregon teenager in a traffic accident is on the run after skipping bail paid by a Saudi consulate. Authorities in Portland said Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah, 21, escaped house arrest this month while awaiting trial for manslaughter for the hit-and-run accident that killed 15-year-old Fallon Smart last summer. Link to Story

This mother is looking for the lost necklace that holds her son's ashes

(CNN)When she wore the necklace, the grieving mother carried her baby close to her heart. The locket holds the ashes of Amanda Shears' late son, Zealen, who was just 10 months old in 2012 when he succumbed to a heart defect. a set of silver wings folded into a heart -- vanished sometime after Shears took it off, along with her wedding band, on June 2, before undergoing surgery in Michigan. Link to Story

FBI finds the car a missing Chinese grad student was seen entering

The school released security camera footage showing the visiting 26-year-old Chinese scholar getting into the passenger side of a black Saturn Astra hatchback. The FBI announced on Tuesday it had found the Saturn. The whereabouts of Zhang, however, remain a mystery. A walk and concert in support of Zhang is scheduled for Thursday night at the school's Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Link to Story

High temps fuel fires in Utah, Arizona

(CNN)The wildfires burning in Utah and Arizona continue to be made worse by high temperatures, gusty winds, and dry thunderstorms. The Brian Head Fire in southern Utah has burned more 54,000 acres, an area bigger than the city of Washington, said CNN senior meteorologist Dave Hennen. Fifteen-hundred people have been evacuated and 13 homes and eight outbuildings have been destroyed, said fire spokeswoman Elayn Briggs. Link to Story

Police release more recordings from the shooting of Charleena Lyles

(CNN)Infuriated after a pregnant black woman was shot and killed by police, protesters marched from the apartment building where Charleena Lyles died to downtown Seattle on Thursday night. Police say two officers opened fire after Lyles, 30, confronted them with two knives on Sunday. Her family and community members blasted their decision to use deadly force on the mother of four and questioned why other alternatives weren't used. Link to Story

FBI treating visiting scholar's disappearance as kidnapping

(CNN)The FBI says it is treating the disappearance in Illinois of a 26-year-old Chinese visiting scholar as a kidnapping. Yingying Zhang has been missing from the University of Illinois since June 9. Surveillance video from that day shows her getting into a car in Urbana. Zhang can be seen standing by a tree as a black Saturn Astra pulls up next to her. Link to Story

YouTube star accused of asking underage fans to send explicit videos

(CNN)With his a capella covers of popular songs, Austin Jones has racked up millions of YouTube views -- and thousands of teen fans. Now, the 24-year-old social media star is accused of exploiting that fan base by allegedly asking underage girls to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves. Authorities say they found dozens of pornographic videos on Jones' phone when he was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport earlier this week. Link to Story

Champion of ‘religious liberty’ battle promises the fight isn’t over

A day after Gov. Nathan Deal announced he would veto controversial “religious liberty” legislation, one of the bill’s leading champions said the governor’s decision sends a message to people of faith that they “don’t matter.”. State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, joined members of the United Tea Party of Georgia in Suwanee on Tuesday to express his opposition to Deal’s decision to veto the legislation.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Link to Story

Deal on ‘religious liberty’ bill: I’ll ‘make the difficult decision’

Nathan Deal made his first comments Friday about the controversial “religious liberty” bill that passed the Georgia Legislature and said he would “make the difficult decision on a very difficult subject.”. The governor said he would review the legislation in April “along with anything else that passes” in the final two days of the General Assembly session, which ends Thursday.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Link to Story

Georgia House panel OKs food stamps for drug offenders

A key House committee passed a bill Monday that would allow nonviolent drug offenders to apply for food stamps after completing their sentences. Senate Bill 367, sponsored by state Sen. Kennedy, R-Macon, would change state law and enable certain nonviolent offenders to keep their driver’s licenses, do away with any public record of their cases, and seal any documents revealing that a criminal conviction or accusation ever existed.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Link to Story

Georgia House panel passes resurrected MARTA expansion bill

An effort once presumed dead to expand MARTA’s rail system found new life Tuesday when a House committee inserted it in another bill. Senate Bill 369, which the House Regulated Industries Committee passed as a substitute to a fireworks bill, would allow the city of Atlanta to hold a November referendum to determine whether to levy a half-percent sales tax to fund a MARTA expansion.

State House committee passes medical marijuana expansion

A key state House committee passed legislation Wednesday that would expand the list of medical conditions that can be treated with cannabis oil. House Bill 722 would add HIV/AIDS, epidermolysis bullosa, post-traumatic stress disorder, Tourette’s syndrome and other disorders and illnesses to the list of qualifying medical conditions for the state’s cannabis oil program.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Link to Story


Laura V. Diaz-Zuniga

Laura V. Diaz-Zuniga is a CNN and CNN en Español journalist. She has covered the Georgia state legislature, crime, Latin American politics, terrorism, and general interest stories. Laura is bilingual, being fluent in English and Spanish, as well as conversational in Italian.



  • History
  • Copyediting
  • SEO
  • Blogging
  • Reporting
  • Journalism
  • Editing
  • Writing