John Valadez has been producing and directing award winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for PBS and CNN for the past 14 years. He directed the critically acclaimed film Passin' It On, which aired nationally on the PBS series P.O.V. He directed the first hour of the PBS series Making Peace and was a producer for the PBS series Matters of Race, Visiones: Latino Arts and Culture, and Beyond Brown. He produced High Stakes Testing, an award-winning primetime program for CNN Presents. He is currently writing and directing the third hour of the four-hour primetime PBS series Latin Music USA for WGBH/PBS and the BBC. He has been a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow twice, a Rockefeller fellow, and a PBS/CPB Producers Academy fellow. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. He is founding member of the New York chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). He is also a professional sound recordist.