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.


Life in the “Deadliest Place in Mexico”

The Texas Observer’s Melissa del Bosque traveled to the Juárez Valley, where the murder rate is 1,600 people killed per 100,000 inhabitants, to report on the violent drug war gripping the region. 

Woman Hopes to Become Oldest Cheerleader in NFL History

Sharon Simmons, a 55-year-old grandmother from Carrollton, plans on trying out to become a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader this May.

How the Drought is Impacting Rice Farmers and Hot Tub Owners

The drought leaves nothing untouched. This week the drought impacts the state’s rice farmers, migratory bird populations, and hot tub owners. 

Kangaroo Knocks Out Homeowners Association

Homeowners Associations have long had a bad rap, and that was before one tried to take away a disabled girl’s pet kangaroo.

Is Fear of Obama's Reelection Prompting Run on Gun Stores?

Local gun stores have seen record sales, and in 2011, the FBI conducted more than one million background checks in Texas alone. 

Thief Robs Girl Scouts

A bandit stole a cashbox containing $200 from a troop of Girl Scouts who were selling cookies outside of a Fort Bend County Walmart.

Inmates Rewire Television Sets to Watch Porn

Guards had been aware that the Liberty County jail inmates were viewing porn for months, according to a KPRC News investigation.

Another Questionable Conviction?

Ernie Lopez, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a baby and became the focus of a ProPublica investigation into mishandled child death cases, was released from prison after the state appeals court overturned his conviction.

R. Allen Stanford Convicted of Running Massive Ponzi Scheme

The Houston financier was found guilty of orchestrating a multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme and now faces a life sentence for his crimes.

‘New York Times’ Corrects Age in Article about Actress’s Age

Junie Hoang filed a lawsuit against IMDb for revealing her true age. When the New York Times picked up on the story, the paper accidentally misprinted her age.  

Third Execution of 2012 Slated for Wednesday Night

Texas plans to execute Keith Thurmond Wednesday night for the 2001 murders of his estranged wife and her new boyfriend.

Did the Moon Sink the Titanic?

Two physics professors at Texas State University believe that a rare lunar event may have flung the icebergs in the ship’s path.

Texas Forever for Taylor Kitsch

The Friday Night Lights heartthrob tells GQ he’s building a house on the lake in Austin.

A Blow to Weird Austin

Leslie, homeless icon and local celebrity, passed away early Thursday morning.

Is Cartel Violence Getting Too Close to the Border?

A gunbattle in Piedras Negras, which killed a Mexican police officer, prompted American officials to close two bridges in the city. This comes less than a month after an El Paso woman was hit by a stray bullet shot from Juárez.