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.


Heartbreaking Videos from Austin Teen Go Viral

The last YouTube videos of Austin teen Ben Breedlove, who died from a heart attack on Christmas night, have gained a worldwide following.

Texas 2011: The Year in Photos

Ten pictures of the moments and themes that defined this year. 

DMN Nails It By Naming Admiral Bill McRaven the Texan of the Year

The decision to bestow the honor to the SEAL Team Six commander took “just minutes and was a shutout,” according to Dallas Morning News editorial page editor Keven Ann Willey.

Top Five Courtroom Moments of the Year

When it comes to courtroom drama, Texas never disappoints, and this year was no exception. 

Merry Christmas! Twelve Gifts for Twelve Texans

What we’d like to get Rick Perry, Warren Jeffs, Willie Nelson, and other prominent Texans for Christmas.

Ron Paul's Evolving Stance on His Newsletters

The history of Ron Paul’s position on his offensive newsletters is beginning to emerge as the media latches on to the scandal.

World's Most Honest Man Pays 58-Year-Old Parking Ticket

A Houston Army veteran proved himself to be the city’s most law abiding resident when he paid a 58-year-old parking ticket Wednesday.

More EPA Regulations Upset Power Industry Leaders

The EPA announced new mercury emissions rules that please environmentalists, but the timeline and potential price tag worries industry officials.

Learn the Legislative Process in Three Minutes

U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling advises colleagues to watch Schoolhouse Rock to learn about the conference committee process.

Energy Company Opts Not to Exterminate Prairie Dog Colony

Before developing a drilling site in Burleson, Chesapeake Energy relocates a prairie dog colony.

Bum Steer: Maybe She Was Conducting Research for Her Next Book

A Bryan crime novelist was arrested earlier this month after she allegedly took out a hit on her estranged, cheating husband.

Ron Paul's Old Newsletters Come Into Focus

An old scandal about Ron Paul’s newsletters, which contain “racist, anti-gay and anti-Israel passages,” has again reared its head as Paul surges in Iowa.

Highland Park is the Red State Version of Berkeley

Mother Jones writer Josh Harkinson traveled to 75205 and found it to be remarkably similar to Berkeley, CA

Today in Perry: Another Gaffe, New Endorsements, and Presidential Pedigree

Despite his latest “oops” moment, Perry is picking up endorsements and rising in the polls.