We had the good fortune of connecting with Grizzy Castillo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Grizzy, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Native to Houston, I have been here all my life born and raised. coming from a very troubled childhood and early adulthood has enabled me to have a strength and understanding to be able to assist people in my community who experience something terrible. As a Street Reporter, and I’ll find myself actually taking part of community events and raising awareness of what’s going on that otherwise doesn’t get presented out there. I’ve helped families of some of the missing people I post to search for them. I’ve gone to marches, benefits, toy drives and have also interviewed families who have lost a loved one to violence or victims of crime.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Commitment and full dedication is key. Running a news page by myself takes a lot of dedication because things are always happening throughout the day. There are times I wake up having had only maybe four hours of sleep the night before. It requires a lot of discipline to wear different hats. I have a full-time job on top of that so it’s very difficult, causing me to consider making this my full-time. When I first started Street Reporting, I would get to a crime scene and ushered away by law-enforcement. Also people questioned the validity of what I was reporting. time and persistence and being accurate and not forming judgment or bias has helped launch my news page into a legit source of news for a lot of my following. Emotionally, having first-hand knowledge of the more stronger content such as a murder, is emotional. I tried to find the time somewhere in the day to meditate to pray and to find peace within myself to recharge and start each day recharged mentally and emotionally.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Downtown Houston has a charm that I cannot explain. When I have the luxury of spare time, I enjoy exploring downtown on my bicycle. Any friends of mine from out of town will get to enjoy exploring houston downtown area. We would also ride Mr. McKinney’s Historical Bus and tour Houston as we listen to his Historical Houston presentation. Mr. McKinney is a very knowledgeable historian and knows the history behind every building, every street, every statue….. it’s quite amazing and enjoyable as you get to bring your own wine and snacks on the bus which has an open rooftop. We can get lost in Houston all week long. One place we would go eat is B&Bs Butchers and Restaurant in Houston. The restaurant portion is very charming with great stuff and incredible steaks. Definitely one of my favorite spots that I love to share with my friends. I also enjoy the Houston Slab scene, So we will definitely hang out on Homestead or McGregor park to watch all the beautiful rides and the wonderful people who ride them. Houston has so much to offer visitors from out of town.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Hood News Peeps are also always showing me love, support and trust. well as you know my page is called Grizzy’s Hood News. My huge following is made of all sorts of awesome people and together as a group are called The Hood News Peeps! When I’m not able to be out in the streets informing people what’s going on, the Hood News Peeps take over and send in video footage of occurrences, (such as crime, accidents, community events) that I can look up reports for. Having a following that is so diverse as individuals and then diverse in location is What helps my news page be of service to most parts of Houston. As the following expands, I am able to represent what’s going on in most of the city.

Instagram: @grizzyhoodnews

Facebook: Grizzy’s Hood News

Image Credits
Main photo is taken by Thomas Moreno
Hustle Town Network for the one of me on the mic

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