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.


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. 

McAllen’s Dazzling New Public Library

Take a virtual tour of the new McAllen Public Library, built inside an abandoned Walmart. 

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News’ police blotter.

ICYMI: ‘Mariachi High’ and the Students of Zapata High School

Watch the heartwarming documentary PBS aired a high school mariachi band from the Rio Grande Valley.

Sex Scandal Rocks Lackland Air Force Base

Some 31 female trainees have accused twelve instructors of sexual misconduct.

Six Things to Know About the Mexican Presidential Election

Mexico appears to have elected a dashing new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, heralding a return to rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Project Tracks Kemp’s Ridleys Across Gulf of Mexico

A number of the critically endangered sea turtles are being monitored by the National Resource Damage Assessment, which is studying how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted the animal is underway on Padre Island. 

Cleaner Beaches Thanks to the Drought?

Were cleaner beaches in 2011 an unexpected upside to the drought?