Monday, September 20, 2010


Trash outside my work's building.

Some shots taken from my iPhone during the past year and a half. I use the CameraKit app by Tetsuya Chiba.

Qwest Field after a Sounders game.
Two of my friends at Sasquatch this past May.
Mount Rainier from an airplane.
A dock at Green Lake.
Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Trees at Green Lake.
The 787 flying over Kenmore.
House party in Seattle.
Monte Alban ruins in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Near Steven's Pass.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Jake Locker (Updated 2)

Here's a peek at an interview with UW quarterback Jake Locker for an upcoming video.

Check out the video:

Here's an unfinished cut of the video. This is the one that was edited by my producers. They basically just cut the last third, where Jake talks about hanging out at the stadium by himself.

Jake Locker from Manuel Valdes on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Afghan War Comes Home

Last month the AP chronicled the painful ritual of mourning soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan. A group of writers interviewed families across the country and a video was produced to accompany the feature. Below is the video. I attended the vigil of Jarod Newlove, the sailor from West Seattle, who at 25 (my age) was killed in a remote area of Afghanistan, leaving behind a wife and two young children.

Newlove's death became the focus point of international attention. For a couple of days, it was thought he had been captured by the Taliban. I hope his family found our coverage to be thoughtful and respectful. It is always hard as a journalist to drop down on a family who is grieving and in pain.  

Read the national story here. Read my story on the vigil here -- AP photographer Elaine Thompson took several poignant shots as well.