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.


Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett on the Front Porch

The two musicians, featured on our July cover, talk about Texas’s rich songwriting history and their place in it.

Looking For Love in Magazine Pages

Our June issue, featuring a look back at Urban Cowboy 35 years after its premiere, is on newsstands and

Big Bend in High Def

A taste of the majestic vistas Big Bend National Park has to offer.

Guess Who Our Bum Steer of the Year Is

Take your shots before the big reveal tomorrow.

How to Deep-fry a Turkey

A few things to know before you drop a big bird into a bubbling vat of oil.

How to Bake a Pecan Pie

Bud "the Pieman" Royer of Royers Round Top Cafe shares his pecan pie recipe.

Happiness Isn't a Destination

Unless it’s one of the places featured in our December issue cover story. 

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.