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

Trump: Border wall position unchanged. But can you spare $18 billion?
 Hundreds of people, many of them Haitian, demonstrate against racism in Times Square on Martin Luther King (MLK) Day, January
               15, New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) President Trump is learning that the problem with asking U.S. taxpayers to pick up the $18 billion tab for his border wall
            is that...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Hundreds of people, many of them Haitian, demonstrate against racism in Times Square on Martin Luther King (MLK) Day, January 15, New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) President Trump is learning that the problem with asking U.S. taxpayers to pick up the $18 billion tab for his border wall is that...
Castillo: A southern border wall remains Trump’s north star
 It’s not every day we get to watch an American president think through his policy positions in real time on live television, much less on a third-rail subject like immigration. But that’s what happened Tuesday when we had the rarest of chances to witness President Trump engage members of Congress in a discussion about border security...

Posted: 6 days ago

It’s not every day we get to watch an American president think through his policy positions in real time on live television, much less on a third-rail subject like immigration. But that’s what happened Tuesday when we had the rarest of chances to witness President Trump engage members of Congress in a discussion about border security...
Castillo: A southern border wall remains Trump’s north star
 It’s not every day we get to watch an American president think through his policy positions in real time on live television, much less on a third-rail subject like immigration. But that’s what happened Tuesday when we witnessed President Trump engage members of Congress in a discussion about border security and the immigration...

Posted: 6 days ago

It’s not every day we get to watch an American president think through his policy positions in real time on live television, much less on a third-rail subject like immigration. But that’s what happened Tuesday when we witnessed President Trump engage members of Congress in a discussion about border security and the immigration...
Juan Castillo: In Khizr Khan’s story, a mighty river flows
 Maybe sometimes it takes a stranger to remind us of greatness and of the things we hold dear as a nation, but which we take for granted. Maybe it takes someone like Khizr Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who chased his American dream and is living it. You remember Khan. At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016, the Gold Star...

6:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

Maybe sometimes it takes a stranger to remind us of greatness and of the things we hold dear as a nation, but which we take for granted. Maybe it takes someone like Khizr Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who chased his American dream and is living it. You remember Khan. At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016, the Gold Star...
In Khizr Khan’s inspirational story, a mighty river flows
 Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, speaks as his wife Ghazala listens at the Democratic National
               Convention in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Maybe sometimes it takes a stranger to remind us of our greatness and of the things we hold dear as a nation, but which we
 ...

8:44 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, speaks as his wife Ghazala listens at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Maybe sometimes it takes a stranger to remind us of our greatness and of the things we hold dear as a nation, but which we ...
Juan Castillo: How common sense can transcend ideology about guns
 It seems outrageous now, but cruising New Mexico streets while tossing back a beer used to be as common as hatch chiles in August. It was the culture, pure and simple, says Doug Fritzsche, who used to live there. Not surprisingly, until the 1990s, New Mexico led the nation in alcohol-related deaths, the New York Times reported back in 2005...

6:00 AM Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

It seems outrageous now, but cruising New Mexico streets while tossing back a beer used to be as common as hatch chiles in August. It was the culture, pure and simple, says Doug Fritzsche, who used to live there. Not surprisingly, until the 1990s, New Mexico led the nation in alcohol-related deaths, the New York Times reported back in 2005...
Castillo: We can’t let gun violence remain the new normal
 Texas weeps today. In a small house of worship in a bucolic small town – one of those where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and that’s just fine – a gunman with a military-style rifle methodically opened fire Sunday morning. When he was done, 26 people lay lifeless inside a Baptist church. The dead ranged...

8:25 PM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Texas weeps today. In a small house of worship in a bucolic small town – one of those where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and that’s just fine – a gunman with a military-style rifle methodically opened fire Sunday morning. When he was done, 26 people lay lifeless inside a Baptist church. The dead ranged...
We can’t let gun violence become the new norm
 Rebecca Thompson of Santa Fe, Texas, prays at a memorial near the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Monday. JAY
               JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Texas weeps today. In a small house of worship in a bucolic small town – one of those where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and that’s
          ...

10:35 PM Monday, Nov. 06, 2017

Rebecca Thompson of Santa Fe, Texas, prays at a memorial near the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Monday. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Texas weeps today. In a small house of worship in a bucolic small town – one of those where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and that’s ...
No kidding, Austin tax bills are squeezing some out
 Many longtime Austin homeowners move to outlying areas, including Buda, to seek property tax relief. (Stephen Spillman / for
               American-Statesman) If you were in denial or, better for you, were blissfully oblivious to the reality that the tax squeeze is choking many Austin
            families, a report in Sunday’s American-Statesman...

8:43 PM Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

Many longtime Austin homeowners move to outlying areas, including Buda, to seek property tax relief. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman) If you were in denial or, better for you, were blissfully oblivious to the reality that the tax squeeze is choking many Austin families, a report in Sunday’s American-Statesman...
Latinos had income gains, but not all the news is rosy
 Bladimira Martinez takes notes while her daughter and business associate, Yessenia Ramirez, conducts business in Pflugerville
               last month. Martinez recently started her own cleaning company after years of working for others at or near minimum wage.
               NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The headlines have been heartening...

10:40 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Bladimira Martinez takes notes while her daughter and business associate, Yessenia Ramirez, conducts business in Pflugerville last month. Martinez recently started her own cleaning company after years of working for others at or near minimum wage. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The headlines have been heartening...
Castillo: The beat goes on at ACL — with changes after Vegas carnage
 Time was when the rockin’ rite of passage known here simply as ACL brought with it mundane concerns, like getting your hands on a pricey ticket, fighting choked traffic to get there, and putting up with extreme heat or dust once you got in. Braving the elements took on new meaning in 2009, when heavy rain turned Dillo Dirt on the Zilker...

5:39 PM Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017

Time was when the rockin’ rite of passage known here simply as ACL brought with it mundane concerns, like getting your hands on a pricey ticket, fighting choked traffic to get there, and putting up with extreme heat or dust once you got in. Braving the elements took on new meaning in 2009, when heavy rain turned Dillo Dirt on the Zilker...