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

The Rick Perry Presidential Campaign: One Year Later

Monday marks one year since the governor announced he was running for president. What’s happened since then? 

Analyzing the Final Statements of Death Row Inmates

A blogger looked at the final statements of 478 executed Texas inmates and determined that “love” was uttered more than any other word.

Africanized Honey Bees Swarm Central Texas

Austin and Pflugerville saw three bee attacks in one week.

UT Files Brief In Defense of Admissions Policy

The University of Texas responded to a lawsuit questioning its admissions policy by submitting a 55-page document to the Supreme Court claryifying how race factors in to its process.

Randy Travis Found on FM-922 Naked and Intoxicated

The country singer was reportedly found naked in the middle of the road outside Tioga Tuesday night.

Kinky for Governor. Again.

Kinky Friedman tells the Dallas Morning News that he is mulling another run for governor.

George P. Bush’s Star Continues to Rise

George P. Bush, nephew of Bush 43 and the grandson of Bush 41, is taking a prominent position in the Republican Party of Texas, a move that cements his status as a future political star. 

A Houston Toddler Was Accepted Into Mensa

At three years old, Christopher Salvaggio has an IQ of 145, qualifying him to join the ranks of the high IQ society.

Why Did Two Texas Counties Not Hold Runoff Elections?

The state election code requires counties that held primary elections to hold runoffs, but Sterling and Oldham counties opted not to.

Where Are the Nation’s Most Economically Segregated Cities?

San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas top a list of the nation’s most economically segregated cities, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Julián Castro

A primer on the San Antonio mayor, who was recently thrust into the national spotlight after he was tapped to deliver the DNC’s keynote address.

Ted Cruz’s Come-From-Behind Victory

The former solicitor general handily beat Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the GOP runoff for U.S. Senator.

Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?

A new Harper’s article claims that the direct-sales beauty empire is merely a “pink pyramid scheme.”

Vocal Border Fence Opponent Dead at 63

Texas officials are mourning the untimely passing of Chad Foster, the former Eagle Pass mayor who became the face of border communities straddling the two nations. 

Could Corporate Sponsors Plug the Holes in TPWD's Budget?

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking corporate sponsors. 

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