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.


Pragmatic Budget Cuts Could Close the Post Office of Romantics

The tradition of sending mail through the tiny town of Valentine to receive a special stamp could end if the USPS shutters the branch. 

Ron Paul Still Has a Chance to Win Maine’s Caucus

If the congressman can pick up enough votes in Maine’s Washington County, which delayed its vote due to inclement weather, he might end up winning the state. 

Mississippi Legislator Filed Bill to Rename Gulf of Mexico to “Gulf of America”

Democratic state representative Steve Holland said he filed the legislation to make a point about his Republican colleagues. 

Read State: John Burnett

Curious about the reading habits of Austin-based NPR correspondent John Burnett? Read on.

At CPAC, Rick Perry Delivers Second Speech Since Ending Campaign

Three weeks to the day after Perry ended his presidential campaign, he tried to reclaim some of the spotlight with a speech to a packed room at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Religious Imagery Everywhere You Look in Texas

Observant Houstonians have discovered a new holy image in a mundane object.

Dreamboat Taylor Kitsch Stars in Two Upcoming Alien Action Flicks

Kitsch, who played Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights, takes the big screen, but could does he run the risk of becoming an action hero flop? 

Rick Santorum Comes to Texas

The presidential candidate visited the Metroplex, attending church in McKinney and stumping at a “faux-rustic farm” in Plano.

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.