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.


Texas Executes Ninth Person of 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court, which had stayed Cleve Foster’s execution three times in the last year, declined to intervene Tuesday.

The Houston Mayor’s Office Shows You How to Spot an IED

The video, targeted at first responders and those who work in the service industry, instructs people on how to spot suicide bombers. 

North Austin Homeowner Takes Down Hanging Empty Chair

The Internet reacts to last week’s “chair lynching” in North Austin.

Another Day, Another Controversial Proclamation from Louie Gohmert

The Tyler congressman took to the floor of the house to declare that President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies have brought about the “massive beginning of a new Ottoman Empire.”

An Exclusive Track from Balmorhea’s New Album, ‘Stranger’

An exclusive preview of Balmorhea’s song “Masollan,” plus an interview with band co-founder Rob Lowe. 

Texas Executes Eighth Man of 2012

Robert Wayne Harris, who was convicted of killing five people at a car wash in Irving, was executed by Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stay his execution.

Ten Photos of Space Shuttle Endeavour′s Final Texas Trip

Thousands craned their necks at the sky Thursday to catch of glimpse of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which made its final trip across Texas perched on the back of a 747.

Big Rich Texas: Billionaires Love Living Here

Nearly fifty Texas billionaires made the 2012 edition of Forbes’s richest Americans list.

The Case of the Missing Radioactive Rod

File this under the “things that should never go missing” category.

Romney Fundraises in Dallas While Obama Rubs Elbows With Beyoncé

Texans feted both presidential candidates Tuesday as Mitt Romney’s campaign coped with the fallout from the candidate’s latest blunder. 

Will Ted Cruz Become a Washington Insider?

Mitch McConnell hosted a fundraiser for the Tea Party darling last Thursday, and U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn attended.

UT’s Evacuation Timing Questioned

The university received a phone call at 8:35 a.m. warning that explosions would happen in ninety minutes, but an evacuation was only ordered at 9:50 a.m, 15 minutes before the bombs would have gone off. 

Teacher in El Paso Reportedly Asks Students to Draw 9/11 Attacks

Fourth graders drew disturbing pictures depict the planes hitting the twin towers and people jumping out of buildings.

Beyoncé Joins Obama’s Strange Email Campaign

People part of the president’s campaign email list received an invitation from the singer to spend an evening with her and the president—and to send in a campaign donation, natch. 

Company to Take ABC News to Court Over ‘Pink Slime’ Label

Beef Products, Inc. sued ABC News for defamation over the network’s reporting on the company’s lean finely textured beef product.