Valdrin Xhemaj was born in Pristina, Kosovo, in 1978. He had to leave his studies because of the 1998-99 war in Kosovo and soon joined epa in September 1999. He also worked for a Kosovo daily newspaper from 2004 until 2006. Valdrin has covered post war news stories in Kosovo and other events on the Balkan. Furthermore, he has covered conflicts in Iraq and Gaza and the election of Pope Francis in 2013.
In addition to news related events, Valdrin has covered major sporting events such as the Olympic Games in Turin, Vancouver, and Sochi as well as the Southeast Asia Games and the Athletic World Championships. Since 2009 Valdrin also has followed the Formula One circus.