Emily Neil

Deputy Editor, Culture
Emily Neil
I cover education trends and policies relevant to Latino communities in the United States.

Most recently, I worked as a communications officer for SERES, a Guatemalan non-profit organization focused on youth leadership and sustainability education in Guatemala and El Salvador. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, I received my Master's of Science in journalism from Columbia Journalism School in 2016, and graduated with a B.A. in Middle Eastern studies and a minor in Spanish and Latin American studies from Barnard College in 2014. 

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Deputy Editor, Culture

DA Krasner enacts new vision for criminal justice system in Philadelphia

 04/04/2019 - 15:09

In the first year of his administration, District Attorney Larry Krasner has fulfilled several of the campaign promises which gained him the support of nearly 75 percent of Philadelphia voters and swept him into office in 2017. But how successful have the changes that Krasner has introduced been in reducing the city's out-sized incarceration rate - and what will be the consequences locally and nationally as he continues in his efforts to reform the criminal justice system?


Ecos de América: Recordar lo que hemos perdido

 03/28/2019 - 10:37
ANTELOPE WELLS, NEW MEXICO - JANUARY 30: A 'Normandy'-style border fence stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border on January 30, 2019 in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Since October, dozens of large groups of 100 or more migrants have crossed the border into the remote 'Bootheel' region of southwest New Mexico to seek political asylum. Most of the new arrivals are Central American families and unaccompanied minors. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

La novela de la escritora mexicana Valeria Luiselli titulada Lost Children Archive presenta una crónica de grandes y pequeñas pérdidas, personales, nacionales, e históricas, al tiempo que sirve como evidencia de los aspectos de la verdad que se cuelan entre las rendijas, incluso en el acto de informar sobre la llegada de inmigrantes de Centroamérica a la frontera del sur.


Humanizing genius: One writer’s search for the true stories of Gabo

 03/12/2019 - 14:40
Gabriel García Márquez con José Salgar en Monterrey, 2003. Foto Archivo FNPI, Andrés Reyes

Colombian-American journalist Silvana Paternostro’s new book on Gabriel García Márquez uses oral histories of friends, acquaintances, admirers, and colleagues of the legendary journalist and author to construct a portrait of the man behind the iconic works of “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” “Love in the Time of Cholera,” and more.


Alianza presiona por la Declaración de derechos de las trabajadoras del hogar de Filadelfia

 03/11/2019 - 14:38
María del Carmen Díaz has worked as a nanny, caretaker, and house-cleaner in the 24 years that have passed since she first arrived in Philadelphia from Mexico. As a member of the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance, del Carmen Díaz is working to pass a Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, that would stipulate rights and regulations for what has long been a profession unprotected by law. Photo: Emily Neil / AL DÍA News

Una organización local dirigida por trabajadoras encabeza la lucha para asegurar que la protección jurídica sea ampliada para incluir a una de las profesiones más vulnerables de la fuerza laboral de Filadelfia, que podría convertirse en una de las ciudades estadounidenses más grandes, a la fecha, en aprobar una legislación tal.


Behold the wall

 02/28/2019 - 11:48
As of January 2019, there were more than 800,000 cases pending adjudication in U.S. immigration courts.

In her new book, Eileen Truax explores how, contrary to popular perception that the question is still up for debate, the U.S. has already “built the wall,” keeping asylum seekers out through the immigration system itself.


Dr. Matilde Irigoyen honored with Top Doctor Award

 02/06/2019 - 16:42
Dr. Matilde Irigoyen (right) with Dr. Jack Ludmir (left) at the AL DÍA Top Doctors Forum and Reception on Jan. 24. Photo: Todd Zimmermann / AL DÍA News

Irigoyen decided to take on her current position at Einstein Healthcare because of her dedication to connecting with and serving urban, underserved communities — a mission, Irigoyen told AL DÍA after the award ceremony, that Einstein has focused on for more than 150 years in serving the communities of North Philadelphia.


¿Cuál es el presente y el futuro de nuestros médicos latinos?

 01/30/2019 - 16:20
AL DÍA CEO y Editor Hernán Guaracao en conversación con Dr. Jack Ludmir durante el "fireside chat" en el foro de AL DÍA Doctors. Foto: Todd Zimmermann / AL DÍA News

En una charla informal, el editor y CEO de AL DÍA, Hernán Guaracao, y el Dr. Jack Ludmir, vicepresidente senior de Compromiso e Integración de Médicos en Jefferson Health Care, hablaron sobre el viaje personal del Dr. Ludmir, la falta de médicos latinos en Filadelfia, y cómo deben contarse las historias reales de los latinos en los Estados Unidos.


The state of our Latino doctors — now and in the future

 01/30/2019 - 15:24
AL DÍA CEO and Publisher Hernán Guaracao in conversation with Dr. Jack Ludmir during the fireside chat portion of the AL DÍA Doctors Forum and Reception. Photo: Todd Zimmermann / AL DÍA News

In a fireside chat, AL DÍA Publisher and CEO, Hernán Guaracao, and Dr. Jack Ludmir, Senior Vice President of Physician Engagement and Integration at Jefferson Health Care system, talked about Dr. Ludmir’s personal journey, the lack of Latino physicians in Philadelphia, and how to tell the true stories of Latinos in the U.S.