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: Our immigration laws have been splitting families for years
 An editor once told me I was blessed to have lifetime job security because my work included reporting on immigration. “That issue will never get solved, so you’ll always have something to write about,” he explained. That was about the time I met Courtney Garcia, a 22-year-old Austin woman with a heartbreaking personal story...

Posted: 12 days ago

An editor once told me I was blessed to have lifetime job security because my work included reporting on immigration. “That issue will never get solved, so you’ll always have something to write about,” he explained. That was about the time I met Courtney Garcia, a 22-year-old Austin woman with a heartbreaking personal story...
Castillo: It’s getting harder to be a journalist. But we soldier on
 Excuse me if I think the president’s tweet about the mass shooting at an Annapolis newspaper rings hollow and useless. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” President Trump tweeted shortly after news spread Thursday of the latest mass shooting in America. Another mass shooting. More thoughts...

Posted: 19 days ago

Excuse me if I think the president’s tweet about the mass shooting at an Annapolis newspaper rings hollow and useless. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” President Trump tweeted shortly after news spread Thursday of the latest mass shooting in America. Another mass shooting. More thoughts...
Opinión: Sí, hablamos inglés en el país y 530 idiomas más
 El hablar el español -algo que hacen alrededor de 40 millones de estadounidenses- está en todas las noticias. Cuando un hombre de Manhattan, Nueva York despotricó en mayo en contra de dos trabajadores de un restaurante después de escucharlos hablar en español, él dijo repetidamente, “Esta es...

Posted: 21 days ago

El hablar el español -algo que hacen alrededor de 40 millones de estadounidenses- está en todas las noticias. Cuando un hombre de Manhattan, Nueva York despotricó en mayo en contra de dos trabajadores de un restaurante después de escucharlos hablar en español, él dijo repetidamente, “Esta es...
Behind the Latino appreciation for Anthony Bourdain
 Notes, photographs and flowers are left in memory of Anthony Bourdain at the closed location of Brasserie Les Halles, where
               Bourdain used to work as the executive chef, Friday in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Among the many tributes and condolences pouring in Friday for Anthony Bourdain, Scott Kelly&rsquo...

10:32 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

Notes, photographs and flowers are left in memory of Anthony Bourdain at the closed location of Brasserie Les Halles, where Bourdain used to work as the executive chef, Friday in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Among the many tributes and condolences pouring in Friday for Anthony Bourdain, Scott Kelly&rsquo...
Castillo: Here’s a solution to intolerance that we can call agree on
 When I was reporting on the human toll of U.S. immigration policy back in the early 2000s, I was at first blindsided by the viciousness of some of the reader mail I received after writing these stories. These letters and emails typically did not dispute the facts behind the reporting. No, they downright ignored them, reacting instead with...

4:24 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

When I was reporting on the human toll of U.S. immigration policy back in the early 2000s, I was at first blindsided by the viciousness of some of the reader mail I received after writing these stories. These letters and emails typically did not dispute the facts behind the reporting. No, they downright ignored them, reacting instead with...
Yes, we speak English in America – and 350 other languages too
 Lawyer Aaron Schlossberg, center, who ranted against people speaking Spanish in a Midtown restaurant, takes a cellphone video
               of reporters taking his video as he leaves his home in New York on May 17. (Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News/TNS) Speaking Spanish – something 40 million Americans do – is all over the...

5:56 PM Thursday, May. 24, 2018

Lawyer Aaron Schlossberg, center, who ranted against people speaking Spanish in a Midtown restaurant, takes a cellphone video of reporters taking his video as he leaves his home in New York on May 17. (Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News/TNS) Speaking Spanish – something 40 million Americans do – is all over the...
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...

5:00 AM Friday, May. 18, 2018

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...

5:00 AM Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

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...

4:20 AM Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

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...

6:55 PM Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

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...

5:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018

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...