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.


SCOTUS Hears Arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

The outcome of the case could bar affirmative action from use in college admissions.

Who Defaced This Highway Sign in Romney, TX?

Someone scrawled “Obama” in uppercase letters over the green highway sign that marks the location of the unincorporated community located southwest of Fort Worth.

Marfa, Filtered through Instagram

Dallas-based photographer Allison V. Smith took over Texas Monthly’s Instagram account during her trip to Marfa this weekend. Here are some highlights from her trip.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News police blotter.

Houston Mayor Calls River Walk a “Cement Ditch”

And San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro fired back, suggesting Annise Parker was just jealous. 

Russian Agents Operating in Houston?

The FBI arrested eight people in Houston Wednesday and accused them of exporting sophisticated microelectronics to the Russian military and intelligence services.

T. Boone and Madeleine Pickens’ Super Sad True Divorce Story

The couple is splitting after seven years of marriage. 

Video Emerges of Missing Houston Journalist Austin Tice

Last week, video surfaced on YouTube of the 31-year-old Georgetown Law student and freelance journalist, missing in Syria since August 13.

Allen Stanford's Personal Items Up for Auction

The Ponzi schemer’s personal effects, brought in from his St. Croix residence, fill some 10,000 square feet of a warehouse.

Plague of Crickets Stink Up Waco

Thousands of bug carcasses are smelling up local businesses.

Crime and Publishing

Inside the darkly humorous world of the Lufkin Daily News police blotter.

Dallas’s “Elegant” and “Graceful” Museum Tower Would Like to Apologize For Being So Shiny

The owners of Museum Tower took out a full-page ad in the Dallas Morning News Friday to (sort of) apologize that the new building is so shiny. 

Austin Becomes First City in Texas to Formally Support Gay Marriage

Austin’s city council unanimously passed a resolution supporting marriage equality Thursday morning.

Which of These Men Will Be the Next Ron Paul?

The fight between Nick Lampson and Randy Weber to represent Congressional District 14 could be one of the few competitive races in the state this election cycle.

Turtle Thursday: Five Photos of the Houston Zoo’s New Hatchlings

Earlier this month, zoo officials found Madagascar Bigheaded turtle hatchlings in the zoo’s lemur exhibit.