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.


The Rise of Breastaurants

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

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.

Julián Castro to Deliver DNC Keynote Address

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

Our Top Ten Most Read Stories of 2012

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

Commenting on

How to do it and what our policy is. 

SXSW: Where to Eat

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

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.

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.

A BBQ Road Trip Soundtrack

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

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. 

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.

Let’s Eat

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

Pork Tamales

They're a labor of love. But they're worth it.