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.


Houston Mayor Calls River Walk a “Cement Ditch”

And San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro fired back, suggesting Annise Parker was just jealous. 

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

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

Marfa, Filtered through Instagram

Dallas-based photographer Allison V. Smith took over Texas Monthly’s Instagram account during her trip to Marfa this weekend. Here are some highlights from her trip.

Who Defaced This Highway Sign in Romney, TX?

Someone scrawled “Obama” in uppercase letters over the green highway sign that marks the location of the unincorporated community located southwest of Fort Worth.

SCOTUS Hears Arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

The outcome of the case could bar affirmative action from use in college admissions.

Yet Another Celebrity Involved in a Sierra Blanca Checkpoint Bust

Nelly’s bodyguard was arrested after he admitted the ten pounds of weed and 36 baggies of marijuana on the bus belonged to him.

Texan Computer Programmer Outed as Notorious Reddit Troll

Gawker’s Adrian Chen reveals that the self-described “creepy uncle of Reddit” is 49-year-old Arlington resident Michael Brutsch.

Ten Photos from ACL Fest 2012

Ten photos from the 11th Annual Austin City Limits Festival.

Don’t Eat the Birds that Fly into Your Window

A Pflugerville man learns you that if it dies on your property it isn’t free to eat. 

Baby Jessica: 25 Years Later

Twenty five years ago this Tuesday, rescuers hoisted Baby Jessica out of the Midland water well where she had been trapped for more than two days.

Tubby Texans Find Love in Carrollton and Spring, Dating Site Says

Chubby? Single? Maybe you should try moving to Carrollton or Spring, as these suburbs of Dallas and Houston landed on a dating site’s list of the “Top 10 Cities for Big & Beautiful Boomers.”

Ted Cruz Profiled in ‘Mother Jones’

A new profile in Mother Jones describes how Ted Cruz’s conservative beliefs were forged in a Houston after-school program.

Reddit Troll (Sort of) Apologizes on CNN

Arlington resident Michael Brutsch, who was unmasked as Reddit’s biggest troll late last week, took to CNN Thursday to issue a half-hearted apology.

R.I.P. Big Tex

Big Tex went up in flames Friday.

Dallas Man Says Bigfoot Threw a Rock at Him

A man camping in Shelby County thinks he saw the hairy monster in the Piney Woods.