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.


“It’s Buses or Teachers, and We’re Choosing Teachers”

The fallout from the state legislature’s record $5.4 billion cut to school finance continues. 

Is Texas Ground Zero for Weight Discrimination?

A Victoria hospital makes headlines for its policy of not hiring severely obese employees, but it’s not the only company in Texas to engage in this type of discrimination. 

The Meeting of the Ricks

Erstwhile presidential candidate Rick Perry met with Rick Santorum in Austin, but the details of their discussion are unknown. Maybe Santorum hopes the state will switch to a winner-takes-all primary.

Special Goat’s Milk Could Vaccinate Against Malaria?

Texas researchers are doing their part to fight malaria by monitoring the spread of a drug-resistant strain of the parasite and breeding a genetically modified goat with malaria-vaccine in her milk. 

Cartel Member Responsible for 1,500 Murders is Sentenced

Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, who admitted to ordering hits on more than 1,500 people—including a U.S. consulate employee—received a life sentence in federal court in El Paso.

Beyoncé Shares Family Photos on Tumblr

Fans cheer the arrival of Beyoncé on the social media platforms Tumblr and Twitter.

Harold Simmons Wants More Waste to Fill His Dump

If you build it, will they come dump their nuclear waste? Not necessarily, as Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons is learning.

Thirsty Texas Fights Water War on Two Borders

At the same time Texas is fighting to get water from Oklahoma, state officials want to block Mexico from pumping water out of the Rio Grande.

“Big Rich Texas:” Big Fat Lawsuit

A cast member of Big Rich Texas claims that a woman who did not make the show has launched a smear campaign against her.

No Expense too Small for Ron Paul

The Texas Republican congressman’s campaign appears to report every expense—even a $0.22 purchase from FedEx—to the Federal Elections Commission.

Texas’s Love Affair with “Big Chicken”

How have industrial chicken farms changed Texas? 

The End of Hunting for Exotic, Endangered Antelopes

The scimitar-horned oryx will be fully covered by the federal Endangered Species Act starting Wednesday, but could this mandated protection actually lead to the extinction of the species?

Life in the Eagle Ford Boom

A dispatch on how the petrodollars from the Eagle Ford Shale boom are reshaping life in South Texas.

Where in the World is George W. Bush?

George W. Bush’s post presidency has been marked by silence. What has he been up to?

Could Spinach Save the Citrus Industry?

A Texas researcher is working to fight citrus greening by using bacteria-fighting genes found in spinach.