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.

Stories

Warren Jeffs Seems Determined to Keep Newspapers in Business

The imprisoned polygamist leader continues to spread his apocalyptic message, spending tens of thousands of dollars on large ads in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Tennessean.

Nacogdoches Embraces Burmese Refugees

When refugees from Myanmar moved to the small city to work for Pilgrim's Pride, residents practiced good Texas hospitality and made efforts to bridge the cross-cultural divide.

A River (of Pig Blood) Runs Through It

Columbia Packing Co., a meatpacking plant in Dallas's Oak Cliff neighborhood, has been accused of dumping pig blood into Cedar Creek, which feeds into the Trinity River. 

Fewer Americans Concerned About Illegal Immigration

More Americans are worried about tax fairness and "moral breakdown" than illegal immigration, a new national poll finds.

Man Arrested for Stabbing Puppy in Abilene

Abilene police arrested a man who attacked a fourteen-week-old puppy.

Why Does Wisconsin Care About Texas’s Whooping Cranes?

The drought threatening the state's whooping crane population highlights the importance of current conservation efforts in Wisconsin.

Meet Mitt Romney’s Mexican Relatives

NPR's John Burnett traveled to Colonia Juarez, Mexico, to explore a side of Romney’s biography that he doesn't stump about. 

Rick Perry Gets Praise from an Unlikely Place

In the latest issue of the New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg explains why Governor Perry's idea to give the Supreme Court term limits is a good one. 

"Bootylicious" Horsefly Named After Beyonce

An Australian scientist honored the singer by dubbing the "all time diva of flies" Scaptia beyonceae. Surprisingly, this isn't the only insect named after a Texan. 

SCOTUS to District Court: Try, Try Again

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the district court in San Antonio needs to go back to the drawing board and draft up a new set of redistricting maps. 

Texans Are Not Sore Losers

Other presidential hopefuls from Texas have gracefully exited the stage when their time was over. 

Wild Burros Protest at the Capitol

Six burros and their handlers marched up Lavaca Street to the Capitol, a furry showing of opposition to TPWD's feral burro-eradication program. 

A Very Perry Presidential Postmortem

The Internet burbled with reaction to the end of Texas governor Rick Perry's bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Rick Perry Drops Out of the Race

At a press conference in South Carolina, the governor officially announced that he is ending his presidential campaign and endorsed Newt Ginrich.

Allen Stanford Trial to Start Monday

Houston's own mini-Madoff, who is accused of orchestrating an international $7 billion Ponzi scheme, finally goes to court.

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