Meet Our Reporters

Ariel Castillo

Ariel Castillo is a multimedia journalism major at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She is currently a student reporter for KTEP, El Paso’s public radio station, and she is also a part of the staff of, the UTEP journalism capstone project that covers life on the U.S., Mexico border. She is passionate about telling stories of people in her community. She was previously a writer for Minero, UTEP’s student magazine, and worked as an editorial intern at Texas Highways Magazine. She enjoys playing indie-alternative music on the ukulele, hanging out with her family, and being outdoors.

Five Days of Making Magic

Before the first day of my last semester, I received an email from my professor telling of an opportunity that I should apply for—Next Generation Radio. In all honesty, I had never heard of the program before. As I scrolled through the webpage, looking and listening...

Ariadna Garza

Rio Grande Valley native, Ariadna Garza, is a first-generation undergraduate student at Texas Wesleyan University. Her goal is to represent the Latinx population in the media by showcasing the resiliency and diversity of the community. Ariadna is currently a marketing and communications intern at the City of Grand Prairie. She is also the social media manager for her school’s athletic department. To de-stress, Ariadna produces artistic TikToks featuring her original poetry. In that platform, she shares her experiences as she navigates life as a child of immigrants to the U.S. and expectations placed on being the eldest daughter in a Latinx household. She hopes to pave the way for other Latinx first-generation college students. 

An intense week training to be a jack-of-all-trades

There is a quote that sums up why I decided to pursue this weeklong journalism experience: “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” Audio journalism was the last medium I wanted in my tool box. Throughout the week I fell...

Cristela Jones

Cristela Jones is a graduate student of the University of Texas at Austin’s MA journalism program and is set to graduate in 2022. Cristela’s work has appeared in the Texas Standard, Reporting Texas, San Antonio Current. She was an editor at The University Star, Texas State University’s student-run newspaper and has reported on a broad range of subjects, including health disparities, climate change and education. Cristela is passionate about amplifying underrepresented Black and brown communities through powerful storytelling.

A “Heavenly” Week

From walking through Mr. Prevo’s garden, to working daily at Texas Public Radio, this week has taught me so much about myself and what kind of journalist I want to be.  My favorite part of the week was interviewing Mr. Prevo on Monday. His labor of love for his garden...

Thalía Guzmán

Thalía Guzmán is a senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio pursuing a bachelor’s in communication. She’s a writer for the university’s student-run magazine, El Espejo, and manages its social media platforms. She is passionate about developing her multimedia storytelling skills. Thalía is a proud first-generation and San Antonio native. She enjoys spending time with her family and her fur-child Maxwell. She loves chasing tacos trucks.

Kevin Vu

Kevin Vu is a junior studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He loves connecting with people by listening to what they have to say and helping them tell their stories. He is currently an associate news editor at his school’s newspaper, The Daily Texan, and a freelance reporter at the Austin American-Statesman. Previously, Kevin covered breaking news, research and COVID-19 at The Daily Texan. He enjoys playing volleyball and cooking Asian dishes like Korean galbi-jjim and Indian tikka masala in his free time. 

Destiny Alexander

St. Louis, Missouri native Destiny Alexander works primarily in digital media, using vibrant colors and characters to communicate ideas and stories through the language of illustration. Alexander obtained her B.F.A in Studio Art from the University of Texas, Austin. Alexander’s illustrations have been published in The Daily Texan since 2018. She currently lives and works in Dallas, TX.

Illustrating for Next Gen Radio

Being a part of Next Gen Radio as an illustration intern was an enriching experience from start to finish. Being able to see into the inner workings of the newsroom showed the hard work and dedication it takes to be an editorial artist or a journalist. It was an...

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