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.


SXSW: Where to Eat

A printable, sharable list of the best restaurants in Austin. Make reservations now.

Commenting on

How to do it and what our policy is. 

Our Top Ten Most Read Stories of 2012

Secession, Aggies, and artists: the Texas stories y’all wanted to read and share in 2012. 

Julián Castro to Deliver DNC Keynote Address

The San Antonio mayor will be the first Hispanic to give this speech. 

Will JC Penney Ever Be Successful Again?

Despite shaking up the department store chain’s corporate leadership, the Plano-based retail giant continues to suffer.

The Rise of Breastaurants

Addison-based Twin Peaks, one of the nation’s top “breastaurant”chains, saw sales grow by thirty percent last year. 

Gone Swimmin’

We’re enjoying our holiday weekend. Hope you enjoy yours. 

Who’s Kinkier? Dallas or Houston?

There are 1,101 Houstonians on the waiting list to read one of the 38 library copies of 50 Shades of Grey. But the libraries of North Texas have stocked 148 copies and still have 829 people on hold.

Calling All Whataburger Spicy Ketchup Lovers

The San Antonio-based fast food chain is giving away box 101,197, its last case of “Spicy Ketchup.” 

SXSW: Jon Stewart Weighs in on “Homeless Hotspots”

The controversial marketing and charity campaign caught the attention of the Daily Show host, who said it used “vulnerable members of society as objects.” 

SXSW: Stratfor CEO Gets “Mic Checked”

During George Friedman’s first public speaking appearance since his company was hacked by Anonymous, occupy protesters interrupted a panel he hosted at SXSW, calling him a private spy who worked for wealthy corporations. 

Perry Admits He Wasn’t Prepared to Run

Rick Perry dropped by the CNN Grill at SXSW where he told Peter Hamby that “the idea you can just stroll in there and be in the mix and be successful … is a bit of a stretch.”

Where to Eat During SXSW

Our definitive guide on where to grab a hangover taco, a soul-satisfying plate of ’cue, a beautiful piece of sushi, a see-and-be-seen table, a killer margarita, and more.

20 Restaurants and Chefs Pick Up James Beard Award Nominations

Texas represented in nine categories for the James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the restaurant industry.