Sunday, February 18, 2018

DNA report shows we are related

Diana Washington Valdez

DNA ancestry report

(Hey, some of you out there in the world are my relatives ...)

Diana Washington Valdez
The Digie Zone Network

I received the results for one of those DNA ancestry tests ordered for me and my siblings during the recent Christmas holiday.

Several articles I’ve read recommend taking the results from these kits with a grain of salt. Their accuracy is still highly debated, but things are supposed to get better after more people contribute samples to the growing data bases of the DNA profiles.

Here are some of the findings:
Nearly 60 percent Native American. This part is connected to indigenous groups in New Mexico, including the Zuni pueblo! This caught my attention because growing up I was told by relatives that the indigenous part of me was mostly Otomi from Mexico’s interior. It would be interesting to see if the Otomi are related in great part to the Zunis.

 When I was reporting on the New Mexico Legislature in Santa Fe, one of the senior legislators asked me if I was Zuni! He said I looked a lot like the Zunis, which is only one of several indigenous groups that settled in New Mexico.

The DNA ancestry report says the Native Americans I was connected to likely migrated through Siberia to Northern North America and continued their journey southward. Several of these migrants stayed and settled along various sites of the journey.

The other major part of me is supposed to be Southern European, some distant relatives were Ashkenazi Jews (cool) and others were Neanderthals (cool). Some of these ancestors, Spanish and Portuguese, migrated to what is now Mexico. I have numerous relatives with identical segments of DNA (connoting common ancestors) that are in the United Kingdom, Sweden, California, New York, Texas and 11 other U.S. states. 

These are highlights … I’m still distilling details from the report.

The most important aspect of DNA technology is that the massive Human Genome Project already proved that we are all one human race. That means, all of us are related. Let that sink in.

Canada radio interview with Diana Washington Valdez

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 Canada radio interview
Diana Washington Valdez

Juarez femicides documentary by California filmmaker

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Diana Washington Valdez

Video clip from the "Border Echoes" documentary

Border Echoes film 

Links to more film collaborations are here Youtube clips

Friday, January 26, 2018

Diana Washington Valdez biography

Diana Washington Valdez
Diana Washington Valdez – Bio

Diana Washington Valdez is an author and veteran journalist with an international presence. She has investigated a variety of subjects (public corruption, drug cartels, violent crime), and over the years received international, national and regional awards and recognitions for her reporting. 

She was invited to more than 30 cities in several countries in North America and Europe to speak about her work. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C., recognized her with its “Latina Leader in Literature Award.”

She is the author of the investigative books “The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women” (“Cosecha de Mujeres” Spanish version) and is at work on other book-length projects.  She is a weekly guest commentator for Radio Activa in Mexico and was in frequent demand as a featured guest for other radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. 

She has collaborated with numerous publications and documentaries, including “Border Echoes,” and in A&E’s “The Killing Season: Season 2,” and in DVD extra material for the movie “Sicario.”

In March 2016, after retiring from the El Paso Times, she launched her own multimedia company. She is president & publisher of the Digie Zone Network, which publishes digital news products The Digie Zone Express ( and Marco Polo 360 (

She holds a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, both from the University of Texas at El Paso, and an associate’s degree in general studies from Northern Virginia Community College.

During her military service, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Cold War Recognition Certificate, among others.

She taught political science at El Paso Community College for 10 years, to include honors students.

You can contact her @

For any and all things good in my life, to God be the glory!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

KTEP radio host interviews Diana Washington Valdez

Louie Saenz and Diana Washington-
Valdez at KTEP studio. (File photo)

Listen to the KTEP interview here Recording of radio interview with Louie Saenz, host of "The Weekend" program. It aired November 25, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Poem: "Retrospect"

Copyright © 1997, 2017
By Diana Washington Valdez


At the transit station
People huddle
While a drizzle
Chills the soul
The heart yearns;
Through a window
A face peers back
Past the gray fog,
A smile breaks;
Doors burst open wide
Rushed masses disembark;
I stand back frozen,
Held back by a thought.

Poem "When Cesar Chavez Died"

Copyright © 1997, 2017
By Diana Washington Valdez
Cesar Chavez (Verso/Tumblr)
When Cesar Chávez died

Dusty sandaled feet,

Darkened faces seared by sun,

Hands scarred by thorns,

Wounds and overuse;

The arrow of death flung

Stilled Cesar’s soul today,

Stunned farm workers

Arrayed in stony disbelief,

Leave fields with stout hearts crushed,

Gathered, stare at each other,

In unbearable quiet silence;

Their hot tears and mine combine,

A river of grief begins to flow

Watering the soil across the land,

From the grape yards of California,

To the apple groves of Pennsylvania.

[Cesar Chavez died April 23, 1993.

He and Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers Union.]