But she learned that holding an elected office had no appeal to her, so she switched gears. She turned to broadcast journalism - which she had long been interested in, and transferred to Syracuse University.
"I love telling people's stories," said Diana, now a reporter/anchor at CBS 3. "A lot of people can't advocate for themselves. That's what journalists get to do."
Since entering the profession, she has covered red carpet events, the debt ceiling crisis, hurricanes, murders and various random events along the way (see her latest stories here).
"Every day is different," she said.
This week, Diana did a story about a pair of students at Central Bucks South High School who were named the homecoming king and queen. Both have Down syndrome, and they were very excited to have won.
Diana and a photographer arrived for the interview at 8:30. By 9, she was writing her script and by 9:20, they were editing. The story ran on the 10 pm newscast.
"You want to captivate people," she said of the challenge of crafting stories.
While she has bounced around a bit in her career - from The Bronx to Hartford, Boston to New York and DC, she said that she is happy here. Her station is in a ratings battle with the local NBC affiliate, so her station is thinking about the focus of their 11 newscast. They are featuring more human interest stories and less hard news.
It can be a difficult business - long hours, with spot news occurring every now and then - but it is exciting to experience events and learn about people's lives, Diana said.
"That's my passion," she said. "I'm a truth-seeker by nature."
• Her station is a reporter-driven shop. That means that the reporters are tasked with generating story ideas, more than simply being handed story ideas.
• The reporters are competitive amongst each other, sometimes pushing for their stories to lead the newscast.
• Philadelphia is a market where the reporters rely upon sources (as opposed to being fed information via press conferences or other public means).
• That means that journalists must constantly be developing sources.
• When covering tragedies, you have to remain professional. But it's OK to be human, as well. ""It's OK to let them know that it also affected you," she said.
• Where the local broadcasters in Boston seemed to follow the news they found in the local print newspapers, in Philadelphia, the opposite occurs, she said. Things that are on the evening newscast wind up in print the next day.
• Your first job as a broadcast journalist might be in some far off place, like Iowa. And you'll likely start as a one-man band (reporting, shooting, editing, etc all by yourself).
• Every good anchor was a good reporter before.
• Anchors and reporters must be informed about everything. "You don't punch a clock," she said. "I'm always consuming information."
• Having a dual degree gives her greater perspective and an understanding of history and context.
• She gets recognized on the street every now and then. "It's always after I work out and I'm all sweaty," she said, joking.