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.


No Post-Convention Bounce for Obama in Texas

A recent poll shows Romney has support from 55 percent of likely voters in Texas to Obama’s 40 percent.

Jessica Simpson’s Weird Weight Watchers Debut

But the company strangely failed to show the body that she’s working to slim down. 

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Moon Speech

On September 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy explained why “we choose to go to the moon” to a crowd of 40,000 at Rice University. 

Things Shaped Like Texas

To quote Sophia Dembling, “[t]here is no product that can’t be improved by making it in the shape of Texas.” In that spirit, we bring you five Etsy finds.

Tamaulipas Receives Fourth of All Deportees from U.S.

Drug gangs track and kidnap many deportees returning to Mexico, hoping that family members who remain in the U.S. will cough up the ransom they demand.

Texans Can Drive 85 on New Toll Road

On August 30, the Texas Transporation Commission signed off on a 85 mph speed limit on the new stretch of Texas 130 between Mustang Ridge and Seguin.

Tournament Team Tries to Sneak Some “Fishy” Bass Into Competition

Game wardens say they have caught seven women competing in the Ladies Kingfish tournament in a lie about some sea bass. They plan to pursue felony charges. 

Cecile Richards Stumps for Women’s Health Care at DNC

The president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of Texas Governor Ann Richards drew forty seconds of sustained applause when she mentioned her late mother. 

Remembering the Last Texan to Deliver the DNC Keynote Address

Julián Castro’s speech at the Democratic National Convention brought on a wave of nostalgia about Ann Richards, the last Texan to grace that stage. 

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

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

The Most Over-the-Top Ads For a Lawyer You’ll Ever See

Criminal defense attorney Adam Reposa, a graduate of UT law, has a penchant for posting colorful videos on YouTube. 

Making Something Out of Nothing

How McAllen turned a vacant Walmart into one of the most architecturally imaginative libraries in the country.

Baby Rhinoceros Alert

Visitors to the Fort Worth Zoo are cooing over the new baby one-horned rhinoceros born there on August 16. 

Andy Roddick Gracefully Exits Competitive Tennis

The Austin resident announced at a surprise press conference that this year’s U.S. Open would be his last tournament.

Lack of Political Turnover Upsets Some

Some Texas delegates at the Republican National Convention think Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst should give someone else a chance to run the state.