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.


Tamaulipas Receives Fourth of All Deportees from U.S.

Drug gangs track and kidnap many deportees returning to Mexico, hoping that family members who remain in the U.S. will cough up the ransom they demand.

Things Shaped Like Texas

To quote Sophia Dembling, “[t]here is no product that can’t be improved by making it in the shape of Texas.” In that spirit, we bring you five Etsy finds.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Moon Speech

On September 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy explained why “we choose to go to the moon” to a crowd of 40,000 at Rice University. 

Jessica Simpson’s Weird Weight Watchers Debut

But the company strangely failed to show the body that she’s working to slim down. 

No Post-Convention Bounce for Obama in Texas

A recent poll shows Romney has support from 55 percent of likely voters in Texas to Obama’s 40 percent.

Company to Take ABC News to Court Over ‘Pink Slime’ Label

Beef Products, Inc. sued ABC News for defamation over the network’s reporting on the company’s lean finely textured beef product. 

Beyoncé Joins Obama’s Strange Email Campaign

People part of the president’s campaign email list received an invitation from the singer to spend an evening with her and the president—and to send in a campaign donation, natch. 

Teacher in El Paso Reportedly Asks Students to Draw 9/11 Attacks

Fourth graders drew disturbing pictures depict the planes hitting the twin towers and people jumping out of buildings.

UT’s Evacuation Timing Questioned

The university received a phone call at 8:35 a.m. warning that explosions would happen in ninety minutes, but an evacuation was only ordered at 9:50 a.m, 15 minutes before the bombs would have gone off. 

Will Ted Cruz Become a Washington Insider?

Mitch McConnell hosted a fundraiser for the Tea Party darling last Thursday, and U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn attended.

Romney Fundraises in Dallas While Obama Rubs Elbows With Beyoncé

Texans feted both presidential candidates Tuesday as Mitt Romney’s campaign coped with the fallout from the candidate’s latest blunder. 

The Case of the Missing Radioactive Rod

File this under the “things that should never go missing” category.

Big Rich Texas: Billionaires Love Living Here

Nearly fifty Texas billionaires made the 2012 edition of Forbes’s richest Americans list.

Ten Photos of Space Shuttle Endeavour′s Final Texas Trip

Thousands craned their necks at the sky Thursday to catch of glimpse of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which made its final trip across Texas perched on the back of a 747.

Texas Executes Eighth Man of 2012

Robert Wayne Harris, who was convicted of killing five people at a car wash in Irving, was executed by Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stay his execution.