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 texasmonthly.com. 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 TMBBQ.com—and had a hand in a major redesign of texasmonthly.com in 2013. She lives in Austin.
Here’s what you missed while waiting in line for that free burger.
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.
Archer City’s most famous son tells a writer’s group that Blood Meridian “was a little windy” and admits that two of his favorite television shows are The Sopranos and Everybody Loves Raymond.
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A printable, sharable list of the best restaurants in Austin. Make reservations now.
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