A.C. Valdez is an award-winning audio producer and editor, currently working with The Atlantic and supervising two podcasts:The Review, a show featuring culture writers asking big questions about pop culture like “Why do we need to expose our kids to villain redemption narratives about Cruella DeVille?” He’s also overseeing production of an anthology podcast in which The Atlantic’s contributors teach listeners how to do just about anything. Its first series, How to Build a Happy Life, is out now.
His previous work includes editing at the Guns & America collaborative reporting project, a partnership of ten public media stations across the country, chronicling the role of guns in American life. Some highlights include Shattered, intimate portraits of those who have survived gun violence, and an episode of WAMU and NPR’s 1A about policy and personal stories twenty years after Columbine. He also helped to develop the Pulitzer-winning podcast No Compromise.
At the Panoply podcast network, he produced About Race, was founding producer of Vox.com’s The Ezra Klein Show (now Vox Conversations) and The Weeds, and recruited the team behind Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History. He was also a longtime producer of Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle School, one of the top-downloaded podcasts of 2017.
His other work in public radio includes production of shows such as Tell Me More, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and America Abroad. His leadership at Latino USA won the show its first Peabody Award in its 20+ year history and tripled its audience in two years.
He’s worked with producers and reporters from Brazil to Turkey and produced radio and live performances with musical acts like The Noisettes, La Mecánica Popular and Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz. He’s also documented the history of counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan, and conducted interviews with subjects as diverse as MacArthur Genius Ruth Behar and retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal.
He’s served on the advisory board of Lantigua Williams & Co. and has been a guest lecturer at CUNY’s graduate journalism school and DePaul University. A.C. is also frequently involved with D.C. Listening Lounge, a collective of audio enthusiasts in the D.C. area who gather to talk about sound, radio, podcasts, music, composition, and just about anything else related to the wide, weird world of audio. He is a graduate of Emerson College’s Broadcast Journalism program.
A.C.’s past freelance clients include Pancake Mountain, MediaQ, This American Life, Danny Meltzer, PRI’s The World and CentroNía. Rates vary by project, please email acvaldez at gmail dot com to inquire.