It’s new talk for a new generation, introducing Rich Valdés America at Night! Rich brings late night radio alive with the perfect blend of news, entertainment, interesting interviews, pop culture and insight.
It’s America’s new nighttime town hall, celebrating America’s success and helping plot the right path forward. We talk with politicians, influencers, entertainers, and ordinary Americans from all walks of life. And then, it’s “Open Phone America,” your turn to chime in on the discussion with your own thoughts and ideas.
Rich Valdés is a seasoned media professional with extensive experience in multiple media formats including radio, podcasting, television, and print journalism as well as a demonstrated passion for policy and education. In the realm of politics and policy, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey appointed Valdés to his Advisory Committee at the New Jersey Center for Hispanic Policy Research & Development in 2017 and asked him to serve in the Office of Family Support Services to provide leadership and oversight to 14 of the 42 state-funded Family Success Centers in the northern New Jersey region. Valdés also volunteered with the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of USA to build a membership organization fostering the principles of the Republican Party in the Hispanic community in New Jersey.
In addition, Valdés has served as Chairman of the Advocacy Committee for the United Nations Association (UNA-USA) Northern New Jersey chapter (NNJ). As a Congressional staff assistant for US Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-5), Valdés assisted with legislative case work and constituent services. He also was a Volunteer Coordinator for the Republican National Committee. Valdés was Producer and Director of Special Operations at Project Veritas, an educational nonprofit watchdog group and political action committee dedicated to informing the public by producing investigative video and public affairs programming focused on exposing institutional and political corruption, government waste, and fraud.
Education has been an enduring passion for Valdés, who co-founded a charter school and served as a school board member. He also held positions with Somerset Christian College and Pillar College, Mandl School: The College of Allied Health, Berkeley College, and the University of Phoenix, working to engage with the community and boost enrollment. He was a member of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a group of socially conscious music enthusiasts endeavoring to become mentors and generate funds to provide public school children with a complete education that includes music.
Valdés is a proud American of Puerto Rican heritage, who is fluent in Spanish and possesses a strong working knowledge of (Brazilian) Portuguese. His many pro-bono efforts include serving as Chaplain and Director of Training and Education for the Newark Police Department’s Clergy Affairs Unit, where he leads training initiatives for the Newark Police Clergy Alliance, a volunteer group of interfaith ministers that offer pastoral care to the police and citizenry of the City of Newark in cooperation with Chaplains from the NPD Community/Clergy Affairs Unit and officials from the Mayor’s Office of Clergy Affairs. A Gen-Xer, Valdés was born in Brooklyn, NY, and spent his teen years in Hudson County, NJ. He is known as “your liberty-loving Latino amigo” and “the voice of Hispanic conservatives.”