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.


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?

‘Dallas’ Remake Draws Tourists to Southfork Ranch

The reboot prompts a resurgence of interest in Southfork Ranch. 

Texas Reacts to the Health Care Mandate Ruling

After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 decision Thursday, Texas politicians and pundits weighed in.

Lawsuits Over Prisoner Deaths in Hot Texas Prisons

Last summer, four prisoners died from heat-related causes in Texas's sweltering prisons.

The Scoop on the Problems at the Motiva Plant

The expansion of the Port Arthur plant briefly made it the largest in the country before an accident disabled the new 325,000-barrel-per-day crude distillation unit.

Life By the Drop: How to Report on the Drought

KUT's Terrence Henry and Mose Buchele discuss the stories behind their research and reporting on the drought. 

Warren Buffett Buys Another Texas Paper

The billionaire picked up the Waco Tribune-Herald for an undisclosed sum on Friday.

Austin Tex-Mex Restaurant Allegedly Connected to Heroin Ring

The feds raided Jovitas, an old Austin establishment, and arrested fifteen people they say were involved in a heroin distribution ring. 

Texas Began Stockpiling Execution Drugs Before Shortage

A scoop from the Austin American-Statesman reveals the state spent $50,000 buying up the drugs last year before other states scrambled to get them from sources abroad.