Sonia Smith

Sonia Smith, a native of Houston, is a graduate of Georgetown University. She has reported on convict cowboys at the Angola Prison Rodeo, celebrity magazines in Moscow, and aerial hog hunting in Knox City, Texas. She has also written for Slate, the Associated Press, the Baton Rouge Advocate, the Kyiv Post, and the Dallas Morning News and was a finalist for the 2008 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Her great-great-grandfather was a Texas Ranger in Kerr County in the 1870’s.

Stories

Hold Me Closer, Treadmill Dancer

Ready for the next YouTube sensation out of Texas? A phone video of a woman dancing on a treadmill filmed at an El Paso gym has almost a million hits.

Joel Osteen Developing Reality Show Series

Megachurch pastor and televangelist Joel Osteen, who is no stranger to the camera, will step his exposure up a notch by starring in a new reality show, tentatively titled Pack Your Bags.

Key Apollo 13 Document Sells for Pretty Penny at Auction

The checklist that astronaut James Lovell scratched out to calculate his crippled spacecraft’s reentry into earth’s orbit fetched $388,375 at auction in Dallas on Wednesday.

An Unnamed Source Calls Teen’s Motivation for Suicide into Question

Joaquin Luna’s family said he killed himself last week out of despair over his immigration status, but others say the suicide was unrelated to that. 

Why Did Mitt Romney Visit with Bush 41?

Nothing to see here. The presidential candidate just dropped by George H.W. Bush’s Houston home today for a friendly visit.

Drop in Juárez Murder Rate Is Bad for Funeral Business

The El Paso Times reported that as Juárez’s murder rate drops, funeral homes suffer, a story that elicited horrified reactions from the community.

Bum Steer of the Week: A Case of Fowl Play Turned Deadly

A man murders a beloved turkey that lived in a New Braunfels park. 

Rick Perry Profiled By “Vanity Fair”

Temple-native Bryan Burrough examines how the governor went from being the “anointed” one to a punch-line factory. 

Enron: Ten Years Later

It’s been exactly one decade since the energy company filed for bankruptcy, forever changing Houston and the U.S. economy. 

The Weekend’s Best Investigative Reporting

From squatters in Tarrant County to the far-reaching influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council, we’ve rounded up (and broken down) some of the best enterprise stories from around the state.

Decision Delayed on the Fate of a Tiny Lizard

The feds have postponed their decision on whether to add the dunes sagebrush lizard to the endangered species list until mid-2012.

Ron Paul Dismisses the Donald

Ron Paul’s talons were out over the weekend, slamming the decision to let billionaire mogul Donald Trump moderate the Newsmax debate in Iowa.

MFAH Lands Star Director from Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Gary Tinterow is packing his bags for the Bayou City to head the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Remembering the Yogurt Shop Murders

Twenty years ago today, four teenage girls were murdered at an “I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt” in Austin, and the killers have yet to be caught.

Whooping Cranes Have Their Day in Court

The endangered whooping crane is at the center of a lawsuit that could change the rights of water users in Texas. 

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