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 2012 she became the deputy web 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.