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.


Davy Crockett Letter for Sale

A letter written by Davy Crockett six months before his death at the Alamo is up for auction and bids have climbed to $27,121.

A Senatorial Spat

State senator Dan Patrick accuses fellow senator John Carona of spreading vicious rumors about the Patrick marriage, resulting in an email exchange that might make CW producers jealous. 

Texas Democrats Fund Out-of-State Races

A Democrat has not won statewide office in Texas since 1994, prompting wealthy Texas Democrats to send their political donations to fund out-of-state races.

Cheerleading Becomes Even More Exclusive

Only nineteen cheerleaders were picked for Colleyville Heritage High School's squads this year, down from sixty in previous years.

Highlights from the Wise County Messenger’s Police Blotter

In which the TM Daily Post is accused of fixating on Lufkin and overlooking the weirdness of the Wise County Messenger's police blotter. 

From Hacks to Flacks

Jason Embry left the Austin American-Statesman to serve as Joe Straus's press secretary. But moving from political journalist to political flack is not unprecedented. Here are ten other Texas journalists who have made the jump.

Another Tumultuous Week for Planned Parenthood

Texas can now exclude Planned Parenthood from its Women's Health Program, after an appeals court judge reversed a lower court's injunction.

Dallas County Exonerates Two More Men

In the last ten years, DNA has exonerated 32 men from Dallas County.

Fightin’ Words: SMU Slams Student Newspaper

Daily Campus story alleges the university improperly uses "secret hearings" to deal with sexual assault cases involving students, and SMU fires back. 

Do Wind Farms Cause Global Warming?

A new study looking at West Texas wind farms found that local air temperatures rose 0.72 degrees Celsius. Is this something to worry about?

Texas Gets Prehistoric With Two New Fossil Halls

After years of exporting prized dinosaur fossils to some of the world’s best museums, the state will be getting two huge exhibit halls, in Dallas and Houston.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

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

Caring for Children Stopped at the Border

Several temporary shelters have cropped up around Texas to house a recent unexplained influx of unaccompanied minors crossing into the United States.

Texas Performs Fifth Execution of 2012

Beunka Adams, who was pronounced dead on Thursday night at 6:25 p.m., participated in a deadly convenience store robbery in 2002.

Warren Jeffs to Texas's Top Appeals Court: God Says Let Me Go

The convicted polygamist leader tells that Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that, unless he is freed, God will send down "full whirlwind judgements" on the nation.