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.


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.

Allen Stanford Sentenced to 110 Years for Ponzi Scheme

The billionaire, convicted in March of running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, faced up to 230 years in prison.

No Endangered Species Listing for Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

The oil industry cheered news Wednesday that the tiny lizard will not be added to the endangered species list.

Are Houston and Dallas the Manliest Cities in Texas?

Those were the only Texas cities to appear on a list of the country’s fifty manliest cities.

Even More Revelations from Warren Jeffs

The imprisoned polygamist leader, who has put out a dizzying amount of paper from his Palestine prison cell, has warnings for President Obama and the leaders of Mauritania this time.

Warren Buffett to Buy ‘Bryan-College Station Eagle’

A representative for Berkshire Hathaway announced the purchase to newsroom employees Tuesday. 

Texas Needs More Homegrown Doctors

Texas med schools stump against a proposal to accept students from the Caribbean into clinical rotations in the state.

Two New Documentaries Focus on Bush 41 and Ann Richards

Political junkies sad the legislature is in an off year can dig their teeth into two new documentaries about Texas politicians premiering this month.

Five Things about Matthew McConaughey's Wedding

Did your invitation to Matthew McConaughey’s wedding get lost in the mail? Here’s what you missed.

Texas Inmate Claims to be Vampire, Federal Court Disagrees

Courtney Royal had sued to practice his vampiric religious beliefs behind bars but the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was unswayed by his arguments.

Dew Gets Booed

The audience, which had loudly applauded most of Governor Perry’s speech, started booing when he reiterated his support for Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.

Has Voyager I Exited the Solar System?

Readings from the spacecraft indicate it may have left the solar system some 34 years after it launched.

Texans Get Out Their Checkbooks for Mitt Romney

The GOP nominee is expected to raise $15 million on fundraising stops in Texas’s four largest cities this week.

Two Texans Make List of Radical Right Wingers to Watch

David Barton and Alex Jones landed on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of the thirty members of the radical right to watch.

AG’s Office Gives OK to Test DNA in Hank Skinner Case

A full 3,888 days after Hank Skinner first asked for testing of the DNA in the murder case that sent him to death row, the Texas Attorney General’s Office finally relented.