San Antonio native creates first-ever South Side magazine to showcase ‘hidden gems’

Unheard: April Monterrosa

Unheard: April Monterrosa - Live From the Southside
Unheard: April Monterrosa - Live From the Southside

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Born and raised on the South Side, April Monterrosa loves everything about her neighborhood.

“It’s home and it feels like family,” Monterrosa said.

Her passion for her community led to her starting a blog called “Live From the Southside” in 2019. She featured everything from businesses to the people who lived in the area.

“My whole goal was to promote positivity in my community,” Monterrosa said.

Since then her following has grown on her social media platforms and led to the development of the Live From the Southside Magazine. The first monthly print and online issue came out in August.

“It’s been a crazy journey to get here and the response is just something that I never thought would happen,” Monterrosa said.

The monthly magazine features contributing writers, is about 60 pages, and includes personal stories, South Side culture and food.

“I hope they (visitors) come and see all of our hidden gems here because we do have a lot of pretty spots on the South Side,” Monterrosa said.

To subscribe to the magazine you can visit, southsidesanantonio.com.

KSAT.com will be featuring stories from the magazine in a new partnership starting this month.

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About the Author:

Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience in the broadcast news business. Erica has covered a wide array of stories all over Central and South Texas. She's currently the court reporter.