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.


Meanwhile, in Lufkin... October Edition

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

Wandering Oswald

An interview with Peter Savodnik, author of "The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union."

Kids for Sale

For the last several centuries, Texas was cattle country. Now, with worldwide demand for goat meat growing, and drought threatening to put cattle ranchers out of business, should Texas be goat country?

Furry Friday: Coo Over the Jaguar Cub at the Fort Worth Zoo

Sasha, born in July, can now be see romping around the Texas Wild! exhibit at the Fort Worth Zoo. 

Tattooed Jesus Billboards Flood Lubbock

Lubbock, long a stronghold in the Bible Belt, is home to a new religious marketing campaign featuring a tattooed Jesus. The billboards picturing inked Jesus have irked some in the community (where churches outnumber tattoo parlors 25:1) and left others impressed with the message.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin... September Edition

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

Ted Cruz’s Ego

Some choice details from Jason Zengerle’s GQ profile of Texas’s junior senator. 

Regent Wallace Hall is Another Step Closer to Impeachment

The Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations met Monday to discuss its investigation of the UT System Regent. 

Meanwhile, in Lufkin... August Edition

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

Greetings from the Texas of Kazakhstan

Why Shymkent, a city in South Kazakhstan, proudly thinks of itself as the Lone Star State of Central Asia.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin... July edition

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

Special Delivery

On the first day of the second special session, activists on both sides of the abortion debate arrived at the Capitol to make their voices heard.

Texas Officials Speak at National Right to Life Convention

The abortion debate continued to play out in Texas over the last few days as Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and Senator Ted Cruz addressed the National Right to Life Convention in Grapevine.

Wendy Davis on Three Sunday Shows

Senator Wendy Davis continued her national media blitz on Sunday with appearances on CBS' Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, and NBC's Meet the Press.

Special Procedures

Katy Republican Senator Glenn Hegar combined measures that failed to pass during the regular session into an omnibus abortion bill that won approval in the state Senate late Tuesday night.