Andrea Valdez

Andrea Valdez, a Houstonian, received a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and received her MSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2006. Two days after graduating from Medill, she began working at Texas Monthly as a fact-checker. In addition to dutifully guarding the magazine's integrity, she wrote more than forty columns in a series titled "The Manual," a short lesson on activities every Texan should know how to do.

Valdez moved to the digital side of editorial in 2011, and in 2014 she became the editor of During her tenure, the site's traffic has more than doubled and Texas Monthly's social media audiences have more than quadrupled. She has helped launch two verticals—TM Daily Post and—and had a hand in a major redesign of in 2013. She lives in Austin.


Our Faves of Your Faves

Ten Instagram photos taken by you, dear reader.

What's Your Favorite Place in Texas?

Thirteen famous Texans showed us theirs. Now we want to see yours. 

Meet Our New Editor-in-Chief

We are beyond thrilled to announce that Brian D. Sweany now holds the top job at Texas Monthly.

First We Said Goodbye to George

Now it's time to see off another pillar in the Texas community: our governor. A look into our July issue, featuring Rick Perry on the cover. 

Rick Perry Exits the Stage

Our July cover features Rick Perry, who is wrapping up his historic tenure as governor of Texas.

Time to Get Strait

And our June issue is better than a cup of coffee.

Our George Strait Cover

How our creative director captured a moment all Strait fans will know and love. 

Farewell, King George

We tip our hat to the King of Country, George Strait. 

Let's Go on a Trip Together

Through the magical wonderland that is the May 2014 issue

A Summer Weekend in Rockport

Tracking down that elusive beach weekend of your dreams.

This is All You Need to Know about SXSW Interactive's Keynotes

Here's what you missed while waiting in line for that free burger.

GSD&M's Brilliant App For People Trying to Avoid SXSW Crowds

The Austin-based ad agency created "Avoid Humans," a web app to point users to the least-crowded restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and general areas of refuge. 

Pork Tamales

They're a labor of love. But they're worth it.