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.


Penguins on a Plane: Meet Southwest’s Feathered Frequent Flyers

Passengers snapped pictures and took video of a pair of Magellanic penguins toddling down an airplane's aisle on a recent flight from Orlando to New York. 

Racist Video Enrages Laredo

The racist YouTube rant of a Colorado transplant to Laredo has the city's residents seeing red.

When a Country Singer is Arrested for Public Intoxication, It Definitely Makes a Sound

After Randy Travis was picked up in a church parking lot in Sanger, the peanut gallery had an opinion on everything from his beverage of choice to the reason he was boozing.    

Meet the Man Who Received the Nation's First Full Face Transplant

Dallas Wiens, a Fort Worth man who lost his face after brushing against a power line, was profiled by the New Yorker's Raffi Khatchadourian.

Perry Makes First Public Speech Since Leaving Presidential Race

Rick Perry marked Ronald Reagan's 101st birthday by speaking to a group of Republicans in Round Rock Monday night.

New Building at YFZ Ranch Puzzles Neighbors

Aerial photos of the YFZ Ranch outside Eldorado show strange constructions underway at the polygamist compound. 

Dust Bowl Texas: The Drought is Not Over

Don't let the recent rains fool you: ninety percent of Texas remains in a drought. 

The Joy of Cooking (Behind Bars)

Recipes from the innovative chefs at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, including Delightful Tuna Nachos and Frosted Shredded Wheat Surprise. 

The President Helps a Fort Worth Engineer Get a Job

During a public videochat, an unemployed engineer's wife asked President Barack Obama why her husband didn't have a job. Now, the offers are pouring in.  

Komen Foundation Reverses Course on Planned Parenthood Decision

But is it enough to calm the waters? 

Furry Friday: On February 2, Groundhog-less Houston Zoo Celebrates “Babirusa Day”

The zoo enlisted the endangered Indonesian pig to predict whether the city would have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. 

Joel Osteen’s Sculpted Abs a Testament to His Devotion to Fitness

Paparazzi snapped photos of the very fit Lakewood Church pastor paddleboarding during a family vacation in Hawaii.  

VIDEO: Huge Fireball Seen Over Much of Texas “Likely” a Meteor

Skywatchers (and schlubs who just happened to be outside around 8 p.m. Wednesday night) were treated to the sight of a large meteor streaking across the heavens. 

Muslim Prisoner Sues Over Beard Ban in State Prison System

Kenneth Hickman says TDCJ's facial hair ban violates his First Amendment rights. 

Another Week Brings Another Round of JFK Tapes

The National Archives released recordings from Air Force One made in the hours after JFK's assassination in Dallas.