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.


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.

Let’s Eat

Treasured recipes—and the stories behind them—from our staff.

Larry McMurtry Speaks His Mind, Again

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.

TX on the Radio: The Avenger of Las Mujeres de Juárez

A segment on This American Life tells the story of the vigilante killer in the violent border city, a woman who called herself, Diana, the hunter of bus drivers. 

A BBQ Road Trip Soundtrack

More than 75 songs to accompany you during a meaty quest. 

We Have a Barbecue Editor

We’ve created what may be the most coveted job in the state and hired the best person for the position: Daniel Vaughn, a.k.a. BBQ Snob.

7 Food Trailers You Want to Visit

Austin’s food truck scene has exploded in both numbers (hundreds of trucks are parked across the city at any given time) and popularity (waits can last up to an hour). With so many choices, it’s hard to know which trailers are worth it, so here’s our list of seven trucks to hit up during SXSW.