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.


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.

Crews Put Finishing Touches on Governor’s Mansion

The Perrys are expected to move back into the Greek Revival mansion, which was torched by arsonists in 2008, next month.

How Some Dino Bones Brought Mongolia and Texas Together

A seventy-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton finds itself at the center of a legal battle involving a Dallas auction house, a Houston lawyer, and the president of Mongolia. 

The Case For Saving Old Offshore Oil Rigs

Should nonproducing oil rigs be demolished, or are the habitats marine life have built around them too valuable to compromise? 

Carroll Shelby’s Body Still in Dallas Morgue

The wife and children of famed auto designer Carroll Shelby are fighting over control of his remains more than a month after his death. 

What Does the Drought Mean for the Texas Miracle?

As much as anything, the economic boom in Texas depends on water. So what will industry do as the state gets drier? The Texas Tribune’s Kate Galbraith explains.

Three Opinions on the Father Who Killed His Daughter’s Alleged Molester

A grand jury will decide whether to pursue criminal charges against the Shiner dad, but the public seems to favor his use of deadly force. 

Parents Sue After School Nurse Makes “Smelly” Child Take Shower

What’s more embarassing for an eight-year-old boy? School authorities forcing you to take a shower or your parents making a federal case out of the matter? 

Welcome to the Age of Drones

The River Systems Institute at Texas State University has deployed $30,000 drone to study environmental concerns across the state.