ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

Pope Francis, Lin-Manuel Miranda Among World's 50 Greatest Leaders

Pope Francis, Lin-Manuel Miranda Among World's 50 Greatest Leaders

An Argentinian pope, a Puerto Rican composer who has transformed Broadway and a Mexican-American journalist are among Fortune Magazine's 'World's 50 Greatest Leader' list released Thursday.

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The list looks to "recognize those who are inspiring others to act, to follow them on a worthy quest, and who have shown staying power."

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Elmo, 'Sesame Street' release Zika virus PSA to educate kids in Latin America, Caribbean

Elmo, 'Sesame Street' release Zika virus PSA to educate kids in Latin America, Caribbean

Obama, Macri Pay Tribute to Victims of Argentina's 'Dirty War'

Obama, Macri Pay Tribute to Victims of Argentina's 'Dirty War'