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.


The Top Ten Most Rabid Counties in Texas

Give that skunk in your yard wide berth, because it might be rabid.

What if Texas Were to Actually Secede?

NPR explores what Texas would look like as an independent state in the modern era.

Homeless, Unemployed Cats Make Fresh Start at San Antonio Country Club

Feral cats are not typically considered productive members of the economy, but several “feline employment agencies” in Texas are out to change that.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

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

DEA Sting Nets American Soldiers Who Agreed to Kill for Zetas, Officials Say

Three men allegedly agreed to a murder-to-hire plot proposed by DEA agents posing as members of the Los Zetas cartel.

Texas Executes Fourth Man of 2012

Jesse Joe Hernandez, who was pronounced dead on Wednesday night at 6:18 p.m., had beaten a 10-month-old baby to death in 2001.

March Madness: Airline Edition

One year, three inappropriate rants abroad airplanes in Texas. What’s in the air?

Feds Say Austin Nightclub Owners Have Alleged Hezbollah Ties

Mike and Steve Yassine and eight others are accused of a broad array of crimes, including money laundering, drug distribution, and sending money to the Lebanon-based Islamic militant group.

Plano Model Injured by Propeller Sues Plane Insurer

Lauren Scruggs, the 23-year-old model and fashion blogger who lost an hand and eye in the accident, rejected a $200,000 settlement.

Robert Caro Takes Aim at Dallas

In an excerpt from his long-awaited fourth volume on LBJ, Robert Caro delves into those fateful hours in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

Pope Benedict and Five Other Dignitaries Wearing Sombreros

Foreign leaders visiting Mexico often don sombreros as a display of cross-cultural good humor.

Are You Smarter than a High School Student?

Test your smarts with 15 sample questions from the new STAAR subject matter tests.

Rick Perry's Top 10 Zingers from the Gridiron Dinner

Rick Perry drew chuckles on purpose over the weekend with his speech at the Gridiron Dinner in Washington, D.C.

‘Vogue’ Shoots Spread at Cadillac Ranch

Renowned photographer Mario Sorrenti visited Cadillac Ranch with a band of models in December for a spread that ran in the magazine’s March issue. 

Part of Texas Still in “Exceptional Drought”

Recent rains may have some fooled, but the costliest drought in the state’s history still grips Texas.