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.


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.

More Jobs Created in California Than Texas

New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that California added some 142,000 more jobs than Texas in the last twelve months.

Cable News Networks Snub Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz's prime-time speech to the Republican National Convention Tuesday night was not carried by the three major cable news networks.

Judge Issues Ruling from iPhone in Keystone XL Case

Lamar County Court-at-Law Judge Bill Harris fired off a fifteen-word email from his iPhone ruling that eminent domain laws gave TransCanada the right to lay pipeline through a Paris farm.

Are the FLDS Faithful Leaving Zion?

Rumors indicate that members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints may be leaving the YFZ Ranch.

Is Lubbock the Friendliest City in America?

Lubbockites say "good morning" on Twitter more than anyone else in the country, according to a study from some Ukrainian software engineers who monitored American tweets.

Judge Says UN Will Take Over Lubbock if Obama Reelected

Lubbock County Judge Tom Head wants to raise Lubbock County's property taxes by 1.7 cents per $100 in order to pay for more sheriff's deputies to defend the town from the UN troops during potential civil unrest.

Planned Parenthood Excluded from Women’s Health Program Until Trial

After several legal twists, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that Texas can now block Planned Parenthood from its Womens Health Program.

DNA Testing Clears Texas Prisoner of Rape

David Lee Wiggins, 48, had served 23 years in prison for the 1989 rape of a teenage girl when testing revealed DNA evidence did not link him to the crime.