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.


New Pleasure Pier Under Construction in Galveston

Restaurant mogul Tilman Fertitta is building a $60 million amusement park on the pier where the old one used to sit. 

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

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

Ron Paul Signed off on Inflammatory Newsletters

The Washington Post spoke to former Paul staffers who say the congressman was heavily involved with the company that produced the articles, some of which contained racist passages. 

Furry Friday: The Longest Longhorns in the World are in . . . Australia?

JR, a seven-year-old Texas Longhorn with 109-inch horns, calls North Queensland, Australia, home. 

Another Celebrity Allegedly Caught at Sierra Blanca Border Checkpoint with Drugs

This time, Armie Hammer, who played the Winklevii twins in The Social Network, was (allegedly) busted with “special” sweets.  

Texas Set to Execute First Man of 2012

Rodrigo Hernandez, who was convicted of the rape and murder of Susan Verstegen, a 38-year-old single mother and Frito-Lay employee, is set to die. 

Is Perry Damaged Goods?

A new poll finds that only forty percent of Texans approve of the governor’s performance, and pundits continue examining the political effects of his failed campaign.

How Drunk Would You Have Been If You Played Karl Rove's SOTU Drinking Game?

Rove said that if State of the Union watchers drink every time President Obama said the phrase “middle class,” then “we’re going to have a lot of drunk people in America.” Was he right?

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.