A.C. Valdez is an award-winning audio producer and editor, currently working with 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.
At the Panoply podcast network, he produced About Race, founded Vox.com’s The Ezra Klein Show and The Weeds, and recruited the team behind Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History. He was also the longtime producer for Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle School, one of the top-downloaded podcasts of 2017.
His 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 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 General Stanley McChrystal.
He serves on the advisory board of Lantigua Williams & Co. and has been a guest lecturer and editor at CUNY’s graduate journalism school and DePaul University. He is a graduate of Emerson College’s Broadcast Journalism program.
A.C. provides a variety of services on a freelance basis, including:
- Podcast and radio program consulting
- Writing for radio, television, and film
- Audio production and editing
- Audio studio design
- Songwriting and sound design
- Tape synchs and audio recording
- Quality control for audio recordings
- Workshops for students and educators on media-related topics such as:
- How to Interview
- Fair Use for Educators
- Free Multimedia Resources
- Audio/Video Gathering & Editing
- The Creative Commons
Rates vary by project, please email acvaldez at gmail dot com to inquire.