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.


VIDEO: Houston Eschews Preservation and Demolishes Historic Skyscraper

It took less than twenty seconds to take down the sixty-year-old MD Anderson building, which was demolished to make way for new clinical space.

Is Blue Ivy Carter One of the Worst Texas Celeb Baby Names?

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s named their bundle of joy, who arrived Saturday night, Blue Ivy Carter. It may be unusual, but is it the worst Texas celeb baby name? 

A Very Kardashian Furry Friday

Khloe and Kim Kardashian dropped by the Dallas World Aquarium this week.

Confusion Reigns: Parents Question Officers Use of Lethal Force

Jaime Gonzalez Jr.’s parents don’t understand why Brownsville officers shot their son three times, but a 911 reveals that police asked the eighth-grader to drop his gun several times.

Perry’s Poll Numbers in Low Single Digits in South Carolina

The governor is “not a factor,” according to the American Research Group president. 

The Story Behind the Nation’s Largest Prison Graveyard

Manny Fernandez of the New York Times penned a poignant piece about death in Texas’s prison system. 

Rapping Grandma Becomes Viral Sensation

A North Texas teen and his grandmother have become YouTube stars almost overnight, racking up more than half a million views in two days with their lipsyncing rendition of Tyga’s “Rack City.”

Bum Steer: That “Handsome Guy” Nickname Might Be a Curse in Prison

A man suspected in the “Handsome Guy” bank robberies was found on the run after he allegedly left his car keys at the scene of his last heist.

Oblivious ICE Officials Deport American Teenager to Colombia

Authorities shipped Jakadrien Turner, a fourteen-year-old from Dallas, off to South America even though she’s an American citizen who doesn’t speak Spanish. 

Fightin’ Words: Ron Paul v. Jon Huntsman

After Ron Paul sends a snarky tweet about Jon Huntsman’s poor showing in Iowa, Huntsman takes a jab at Paul on Piers Morgan. 

Warren Jeffs Has His Phone Privileges Taken Away

Texas prison officials suspended Jeffs’s cut his line to the outside as they investigate allegations that the polygamist leader used a phone call to preach to his flock on Christmas.

It's Not Over Until Rick Perry Removes His Neon Laces

Rick Perry, clad in running gear, proves that running a presidential campaign is a marathon, not a sprint. 

Iowa Caucuses on the State’s Front Pages

How the Iowa caucases played out on the front pages of the big Texas papers after Ron Paul had a strong showing and Rick Perry, well, did not. 

Midland Green Beret Says He Didn’t See the C-4 While Packing

Trey Scott Atwater, who is charged with attempting to take explosives on an airplane, was “surprised” that there was C-4 in his carry-on. 

Newt Leaves Texas Tech Climate Scientist Out in the Cold

The Texas Tech atmospheric climate scientist who wrote a chapter on climate change for Newt Gingrich’s forthcoming book was shocked to learn the GOP hopeful had scrapped her contribution.