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.


Is Fracking Causing All These Earthquakes?

StateImpact Texas found a substantial connection between hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," and the sudden surge in Texas quakes.

Help the Queens Zoo Name Its New Longhorn Calf

The zoo is seeking a name for its longhorn calf, born in late May.

Chuy’s Headed Toward IPO

Shares of the Tex-Mex chain are expected to sell for $11 to $13. 

Another Houston Stripper Pens a Tell-All

Houston is emerging as the Great Rift Valley of strippers—or, at least, stripper tell-alls.

Scofflaws Not Paying Their Toll Bills Are Revealed

The North Texas Tollway Authority published a list of more than 26,000 offenders who allegedly owe the system thousands of dollars.

Racial Tensions in Jasper Still High

Jasper is still reeling one month after the city's first black police chief was fired by a majority-white city council.

Details About Shooting of Matamoros Man Still Emerging

How did a thirty-year-old Mexican man end up dead on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande in Matamoros?

Do You Have the Palate of a President?

Exploring the culinary preferences of George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Where Do Texas’s “Flirtiest” Seniors Live?

Amarillo, Lubbock, and Corpus Christi landed on a list compiled by, a senior-focused dating site, that purports to rank where the country's "flirtiest" seniors live. 

Should the Land Commissioner Get Into the Desalination Game?

The Austin American-Statesman reports that Jerry Patterson is considering building a desalination plant on GLO land in central Texas.

Texas Will Not Expand Medicaid or Create Health Insurance Exchanges

Rick Perry announced Monday in a letter to the federal government that the state will not expand its Medicaid program nor create a health insurance exchange.

Aggies Build Human Wall to Keep Westboro Baptist Church from Protesting Funeral

Some 650 Aggies came out to form a human "Maroon Wall" around a College Station church where the funeral of fallen Aggie, Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale, was taking place.

Meet Roger Federer’s Former Coach

Peter Lundgren, Roger Federer's longtime coach, now lives and works in Houston. 

Could the “God” Particle Have Been Discovered in Texas?

At least two news outlets found Texas angles for the Higgs boson discovery at CERN. 

UTSA Grad Student Moved to Hospital After Chimp Attack

A week after he was mauled by two chimpanzees at a South African sanctuary, Andrew Oberle is hospitalized in stable condition.