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Juan Castillo

Viewpoints editor

Viewpoints Editor Juan Castillo has been writing and editing for Texas newspapers and radio for more than 30 years. He has reported on race, minorities, immigration and border security, the census, religion and other topics. More recently, his writing for the American-Statesman has focused on demographic transformations in Austin and beyond. Previously, Castillo was the Statesman’s nation and world editor. In  2002 and 2003, he was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Earlier this year he was honored for excellence in feature writing by the national Society for Features Journalism.

Latest from Juan Castillo

Castillo: Why Trump’s preening creates trouble
 Some of the worst advice I ever got came from my father. Sure, he meant well when he told me not to brag; that my deeds and accomplishments would speak for me. But then I got older and I realized much to my surprise and dismay that my peers were strutting around like roosters on steroids. In classrooms, on job applications and resumes, networking...

Posted: 12 days ago

Some of the worst advice I ever got came from my father. Sure, he meant well when he told me not to brag; that my deeds and accomplishments would speak for me. But then I got older and I realized much to my surprise and dismay that my peers were strutting around like roosters on steroids. In classrooms, on job applications and resumes, networking...
The trouble with Trump’s bragging
President Donald Trump attends a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 12. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) Some of the worst advice I ever got came from my father.

Posted: 12 days ago

President Donald Trump attends a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 12. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) Some of the worst advice I ever got came from my father.
Castillo: Why Capitol fracas shows SB4 racial profiling isn’t a stretch
 Gov. Abbott, on Senate Bill 4, one of your own party may have thrown you under the bus. The governor repeatedly has sought to assure the state’s growing Latino population that they have nothing to fear from the new Texas law that bans sanctuary cities — and which Abbott championed to the dismay of many, including police chiefs...

Posted: 26 days ago

Gov. Abbott, on Senate Bill 4, one of your own party may have thrown you under the bus. The governor repeatedly has sought to assure the state’s growing Latino population that they have nothing to fear from the new Texas law that bans sanctuary cities — and which Abbott championed to the dismay of many, including police chiefs...
Castillo: In America First age, some in Austin say we’re all connected
 In the coming days all over Central Texas, tens of thousands of young people will stride proudly across high school and college stages to collect their degrees. Families will whoop and cheer; no one will be prouder than the parents. The graduates fulfill something many of us take for granted — the promise of an education, says Mark...

Posted: 26 days ago

In the coming days all over Central Texas, tens of thousands of young people will stride proudly across high school and college stages to collect their degrees. Families will whoop and cheer; no one will be prouder than the parents. The graduates fulfill something many of us take for granted — the promise of an education, says Mark...
Castillo: A new giving network answers why Latinos need a hand
 The life of a nonprofit worker can be wrapped up in selfless and meaningful pursuits, such as helping people who need a hand and doing work for the good of the community. But doing good deeds depends on another kind of consuming pursuit: raising money for the mission. Just ask Teresa Granillo, who heads up Con Mi Madre, a local nonprofit...

5:00 AM Saturday, May. 20, 2017

The life of a nonprofit worker can be wrapped up in selfless and meaningful pursuits, such as helping people who need a hand and doing work for the good of the community. But doing good deeds depends on another kind of consuming pursuit: raising money for the mission. Just ask Teresa Granillo, who heads up Con Mi Madre, a local nonprofit...
Castillo: Trump ups ante on border wall as government shutdown looms
 Embroiled in a child custody battle in a Travis County courtroom, conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones insists he means what he says when he’s working. His own attorney, however, says Jones’ bombastic on-air persona is merely performance art – just for show, folks, that’s all. Who and what are we to believe?...

5:32 PM Monday, Apr. 24, 2017

Embroiled in a child custody battle in a Travis County courtroom, conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones insists he means what he says when he’s working. His own attorney, however, says Jones’ bombastic on-air persona is merely performance art – just for show, folks, that’s all. Who and what are we to believe?...
Trump doubles down on a border wall, and a government shutdown looms
The border fence between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (The New York Times)   What are we to make of Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist extraordinaire who is embroiled in a child custody battle in a Travis County courtroom?

7:49 PM Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

The border fence between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (The New York Times)   What are we to make of Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist extraordinaire who is embroiled in a child custody battle in a Travis County courtroom?
Trump’s order a case of ‘Do as I say, not as I do’
 Call it a case of “Do as I say, not as I do.” Harkening back to a cornerstone of his campaign, President Trump this week signed a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order that tightens rules under which visas are awarded to skilled foreign workers. The order also directs the federal government to prioritize buying...

11:33 PM Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

Call it a case of “Do as I say, not as I do.” Harkening back to a cornerstone of his campaign, President Trump this week signed a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order that tightens rules under which visas are awarded to skilled foreign workers. The order also directs the federal government to prioritize buying...
Castillo: ‘Fake news’? Here is the truth and why it matters
 Once I was the butt of a joke in, of all places, the Travis County courthouse. It was the early 1990s and attorneys in an upcoming trial were quizzing the jury panel. Then they came to me. “I see from your form that you’re an editor with the Austin American-Statesman,” the defendant’s attorney said. “Well, from...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 01, 2017

Once I was the butt of a joke in, of all places, the Travis County courthouse. It was the early 1990s and attorneys in an upcoming trial were quizzing the jury panel. Then they came to me. “I see from your form that you’re an editor with the Austin American-Statesman,” the defendant’s attorney said. “Well, from...
Castillo: Why the border wall fences us in
 From atop a dusty bluff on the U.S. Mexico border in deep South Texas, the mighty Rio Grande commands the panoramic vista below. Its waters a muted hue of green, the river courses wildly in every direction, zig-zagging here, straightening out there for about a mile due south before making an impossible hairpin turn due north, then zig-zagging...

4:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017

From atop a dusty bluff on the U.S. Mexico border in deep South Texas, the mighty Rio Grande commands the panoramic vista below. Its waters a muted hue of green, the river courses wildly in every direction, zig-zagging here, straightening out there for about a mile due south before making an impossible hairpin turn due north, then zig-zagging...
Why the border wall fences us in
A section of the border fence with a gate, bounded by smaller chain-link fence in Runn, Texas. The patchwork border fence along the Texas-Mexico border has created a nebulous and bizarre third space between countries.

3:52 PM Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017

A section of the border fence with a gate, bounded by smaller chain-link fence in Runn, Texas. The patchwork border fence along the Texas-Mexico border has created a nebulous and bizarre third space between countries.