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: America can’t push the ‘mute’ button on loss of civility
 When you put your name on your work, readers aren’t shy about telling you what they think. I get some nice pats on the back from time to time, but I also hear from some who question my intelligence, besmirch my profession, and doubt my devotion to country. And that’s putting it nicely. Reader emails and the occasional voice mail...

Posted: 2 days ago

When you put your name on your work, readers aren’t shy about telling you what they think. I get some nice pats on the back from time to time, but I also hear from some who question my intelligence, besmirch my profession, and doubt my devotion to country. And that’s putting it nicely. Reader emails and the occasional voice mail...
Castillo: America is talking about race. How can we not?
 I read about an African American man who when asked why he dwelled on race so much, responded: “How can I not? It seems to intersect all facets of my life.” That was years ago, but the comment stayed with me because the subject of racial bias lurks in the corners of my mind, informed by my life experiences. I’m not special...

Posted: 23 days ago

I read about an African American man who when asked why he dwelled on race so much, responded: “How can I not? It seems to intersect all facets of my life.” That was years ago, but the comment stayed with me because the subject of racial bias lurks in the corners of my mind, informed by my life experiences. I’m not special...
Castillo: America is talking about race. How can we not?
 I read about an African-American man who, when asked why he dwelled on race so much, responded: “How can I not? It seems to intersect all facets of my life.” That was years ago, but the comment stayed with me because the subject of racial bias lurks in the corners of my mind, informed by my own life experiences. I’m not...

Posted: 23 days ago

I read about an African-American man who, when asked why he dwelled on race so much, responded: “How can I not? It seems to intersect all facets of my life.” That was years ago, but the comment stayed with me because the subject of racial bias lurks in the corners of my mind, informed by my own life experiences. I’m not...
Opinión: El nombre del curso mexicoamericano sí importa
 La decisión de la Junta de Educación del Estado de Texas de aprobar el curso para las preparatorias a nivel estatal de Estudios Méxicoamericanos debió haber ocasionado celebraciones entre quienes han luchado por años para que esto se hiciese realidad. En vez de eso, muchos se sintieron como los perdedores...

Posted: 24 days ago

La decisión de la Junta de Educación del Estado de Texas de aprobar el curso para las preparatorias a nivel estatal de Estudios Méxicoamericanos debió haber ocasionado celebraciones entre quienes han luchado por años para que esto se hiciese realidad. En vez de eso, muchos se sintieron como los perdedores...
CASTILLO: Why the ‘hyphenated Americanism’ comment triggered outrage
 The recent decision by the State Board of Education to approve an elective course for Mexican-American studies in Texas high schools should have triggered triumphant celebrations among the scholars and advocates who worked for years to make the curriculum a reality. Instead, many came away feeling like they were history’s losers once...

Posted: 29 days ago

The recent decision by the State Board of Education to approve an elective course for Mexican-American studies in Texas high schools should have triggered triumphant celebrations among the scholars and advocates who worked for years to make the curriculum a reality. Instead, many came away feeling like they were history’s losers once...
CASTILLO: Why the ‘hyphenated Americanism’ comment triggered outrage
 The recent decision by the State Board of Education to approve an elective course for Mexican-American studies in Texas high schools should have triggered triumphant celebrations among the scholars and advocates who worked for years to make the curriculum a reality. Instead, many came away feeling like they were history’s losers once...

Posted: 29 days ago

The recent decision by the State Board of Education to approve an elective course for Mexican-American studies in Texas high schools should have triggered triumphant celebrations among the scholars and advocates who worked for years to make the curriculum a reality. Instead, many came away feeling like they were history’s losers once...
Why the ‘hyphenated Americanism’ comment triggered outrage
 People rally in front of the State Board of Education building last week before a preliminary vote on whether to create a
               statewide Mexican American studies course. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The decision by the State Board of Education to 
            approve an elective course for Mexican-American studies in...

7:24 PM Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

People rally in front of the State Board of Education building last week before a preliminary vote on whether to create a statewide Mexican American studies course. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The decision by the State Board of Education to approve an elective course for Mexican-American studies in...
Castillo: Why you should care about the census citizenship question
 A pro golfer famously known for being uneasy in the spotlight once said he didn’t like answering the telephone because, “there might be someone on the other end.” Not answering the phone might be eccentric, but not answering the door is another thing altogether. Many of us don’t like a knock at the door when we&rsquo...

7:22 PM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

A pro golfer famously known for being uneasy in the spotlight once said he didn’t like answering the telephone because, “there might be someone on the other end.” Not answering the phone might be eccentric, but not answering the door is another thing altogether. Many of us don’t like a knock at the door when we&rsquo...
Castillo: Why you should care about the census citizenship question
 A pro golfer famously known for being uneasy in the spotlight once said he didn’t like answering the telephone because, “there might be someone on the other end.” Not answering the phone might be eccentric, but not answering the door is another thing altogether. Many of us don’t like a knock at the door when we&rsquo...

4:12 PM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

A pro golfer famously known for being uneasy in the spotlight once said he didn’t like answering the telephone because, “there might be someone on the other end.” Not answering the phone might be eccentric, but not answering the door is another thing altogether. Many of us don’t like a knock at the door when we&rsquo...
Castillo: Problem with Trump’s DACA tirade is it’s false
 President Trump’s Easter Sunday tweet storm claiming that caravans of immigrants are entering the U.S. illegally “because they want to take advantage of DACA” surely struck a chord with many Americans. No doubt, it resonated with the president’s base and those who bought into the idea of a Trump presidency the moment...

5:02 PM Tuesday, Apr. 03, 2018

President Trump’s Easter Sunday tweet storm claiming that caravans of immigrants are entering the U.S. illegally “because they want to take advantage of DACA” surely struck a chord with many Americans. No doubt, it resonated with the president’s base and those who bought into the idea of a Trump presidency the moment...
Why adding a citizenship question on the census should concern you
  The news that the Trump administration plans to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census is triggering outrage and pushback
            from Washington to Austin, starting the clock on what surely will be drawn-out legal and political battles across the country.
            California has filed a legal challenge and other states &ndash...

6:53 PM Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018

The news that the Trump administration plans to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census is triggering outrage and pushback from Washington to Austin, starting the clock on what surely will be drawn-out legal and political battles across the country. California has filed a legal challenge and other states &ndash...