This week’s Hispanic PR Blog interview is with Hispanic blogger Juan Castillo who through his blog Somos Austin, targets anyone and everyone with an interest in Latino news, happenings, culture and events.
Hispanic PR Blog: Tell us about your self, any relevant journalism experience you have and why you started your blog?
Juan Castillo: I’m the father of two lovely girls, Monica Elizabeth and Maya Xitlali who are my inspiration. I grew up in deep South Texas, in McAllen just a few miles from Mexico, and though I haven’t lived there in more than two decades I still consider myself a “citizen of the border,” if you will.
I’ve been a journalist now for more than 30 years — writing, reporting, editing, managing, supervising and blogging , mostly for Texas newspapers but with a stint in radio early in my career. My degree is in mass communications, from Pan American University, now the University of Texas-Pan American. In 2002-2003, I was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and it was during my time there that I decided to return to reporting after having been the national and foreign editor here (at the Austin American-Statesman.)
On my return, I created a race and immigration beat here in which I focused on writing about race, minorities, shifting demographics and immigration trends, and their impact and implications. Currently, I’m the community affairs reporter, a beat that allows me to write about people and diversity. Read More »