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.


Meet Five Texans Preparing For the Apocalypse

With December 21, 2012 rapidly approaching (only 148 days away!), so-called doomsday “preppers” are on the rise in Texas.

Houston’s Juiciest Murder-For-Hire Case Is Over

The district attorney’s office dropped all charges against Jeffrey Stern, a Houston personal injury lawyer who was accused of conspiring with his mistress to kill his wife, socialite Yvonne Stern.

Bunnies Returned to Galveston Sanctuary

Nine days after two bunnies were stolen from a Galveston Island bunny sanctuary, the rabbits were returned to their home.

Cruz and Dewhurst’s Final Debate Before the Runoff

Things quickly got personal between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst as they faced off at the King Street Patriot’s headquarters in Houston during Monday’s televised debate. 

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Makes Unfortunate Error

The paper printed Jerry Sandusky’s name under a photo of Tiger Woods, proving again that everyone needs a copy editor.

Obama Breaks One-Day Texas Fundraising Record

President Barack Obama made four fundraising stops in the Lone Star State on Tuesday, bringing in an expected haul of $4 million.

George W. Bush's Armchair Economic Advice

The George W. Bush Institute released its first book today, titled “The 4 Percent Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs.” 

Should Booze Be Served at the Alamo Complex?

A new rule from the General Land Office is set to allow caterers to serve alcohol at events held in Alamo Hall, a building that is not within the 1836 bounds of the fort.

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?