Wired’s Andrea Valdez Will Be the Texas Observer’s Next Editor

It’s not every day you get to read good news in these pages.

It’s not every day you get to read good news in these pages.


Andrea Valdez  Maria Lokke

In what amounts to some of the best news you’ll ever read in this spot, the Texas Observer is pleased to announce that Andrea Valdez, the current editor of Wired.com, and the former editor of TexasMonthly.com, will be our next editor. Valdez, who starts in early July, will be formally introduced at the Observer’s MOLLY Prize dinner tomorrow night in Austin.

Valdez brings a wealth of experience — and, indeed, a wealth of Texas-specific experience — to the Observer. In addition to her editing duties and bylines at the Monthly, Valdez is also the author of How to Be a Texan: The Manual.

There are about a million more exciting things that we can write about this news. But, we’ll just go ahead and quote Pamela Colloff, a former colleague of Valdez, via Twitter:

Do you think free access to journalism like this is important? The Texas Observer is known for its fiercely independent, uncompromising work—which we are pleased to provide to the public at no charge in this space. That means we rely on the generosity of our readers who believe that this work is important. You can chip in for as little as 99 cents a month. If you believe in this mission, we need your help.


Mike Kanin is the publisher of the Texas Observer. He has many years of media experience, including a role as the founding publisher of the nonprofit local daily the Austin Monitor.


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