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, 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.