Diekman is a former media spokesperson for ADA and has been quoted in thousands of magazines, newspapers and on the internet. She has appeared in countless radio and television interviews at the local and national level, including the TODAY show to the Oprah show. Diekman currently serves on several advisory panels providing her expertise in communications, especially related to nutrition and consumer behavior change.
Prior to Washington University, Diekman was in private practice working with physicians, corporations and as an instructor at St. Louis’ Fontbonne University. She is the voice of the “Eating Right” minute, which airs daily, on WBBM radio in Chicago. She is a former television nutrition reporter with St. Louis’ NBC affiliate and the local FOX affiliate.
Honors include the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Fontbonne University, the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award from the Missouri Dietetic Association, the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year – Missouri, and the Dr. Arthur Strauss Award, from the American Heart Association – St. Louis.
In addition to the ADA Diekman is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and The Obesity Society. Diekman earned her master’s degree in education - counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition - dietetics from Fontbonne College (now University). She completed her dietetic internship at St. Louis’ Barnes - Jewish Hospital.