The beauty of journalism is that there is always a story waiting to be told, and someone waiting to be heard.

My name is Amaris Castillo and I’m a reporter for The Lowell Sun, covering the towns of Dracut and Tyngsboro. Most recently I was a reporter for the Bradenton Herald. I love this profession because it allows me to be wildly curious and enables me to tell stories everyday.

I’m the creator of Bodega Stories, a labor love featuring human stories from the bodega (a popular term for grocery store). Created in early 2015, the series largely focuses on immigration and culture, subjects I am really interested in as a first-generation American. Bodega Stories has been featured in Fusion, Remezcla, and La Galería Magazine.

In 2016, I was selected as a Penny Bender Fuchs Diversity Fellow by the Society for Features Journalism and also selected by the International Center for Journalists to participate in a minority women entrepreneurs story contest. This year I was chosen as an Adelante Reporting Fellow by the International Women’s Media Foundation.

My work has appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald, Latina Magazine, Feet in 2 Worlds, Fusion, Vivala.com, The Huffington Post, Flama, PODER Magazine, nocheLatina, and Uptown Collective.

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Florida as a teenager. I hold a B.A. in Magazine Journalism from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.