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 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.

Komen Foundation Catches Flack for Cutting Funding to Planned Parenthood

The Dallas-based foundation faced swift criticism after news broke that it had cut off donations to Planned Parenthood.

Texas Sees Largest Drop in Cattle Numbers in State History

And it will affect the steak-loving citizens of the state, as beef prices could jump up to ten percent this year.

Galveston Makes Lemonade

After the island lost more than 35,000 trees to Hurricane Ike, a group of artists carved 35 stumps into beautiful and intricate sculptures.

Combing Through the Hate Mail to Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe

The Texas Tech professor and climate change evangelist has received hundreds of vicious emails since Newt Gingrich pulled her chapter from his book.

Mo’ Problems, Less Money

Rick Perry raised only $2.9 million in the last quarter of 2011, new campaign finance documents reveal. 

Monkeys, Humans Camped Out in RV Near Texas-Louisiana Border

A Louisianan couple and their four Capuchin monkeys are on the lam in East Texas, avoiding authorities who may want to take away the animals.

Jennifer Love Hewitt Strips and Sings for Her New Lifetime Series Promo

The show, titled The Client List, is based on a TEXAS MONTHLY story about a “massage parlor” in Odessa.