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.


It's Hard Out There for a Tree

It was a bad year to be a tree in Texas. The drought alone claimed half a billion trees, and now eminent domain threatens a 100-year-old oak planted by one of the founders of League City.

The Cattle Industry Could be Forever Changed

Texas shed roughly 600,000 cattle in 2011, record drop that threatens to reshape the industry.

JFK Hearse For Sale

The ambulance that carried JFK’s body from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Love Field is going up on the auction block next month in Scottsdale.

The Battle of Athens Continues

Some 5,000 people rallied in Athens to support the nativity scene displayed outside the Henderson County Courthouse that has been criticized by an atheist group.

Patton Oswalt Sends a Message to Rude Theatergoers

The stand-up comedian helped record another anti-texting PSA for the Alamo Drafthouse on a recent trip to the theater.

Texas Executions Drop to Fifteen-Year Low

The number of people Texas executes each year is steadily declining as public sentiment in America turns against the death penalty.

Furry Friday: Reindeer Take the Interstate

Two reindeer ran out onto I-45 during rush hour in Webster. 

Perry Says He’s “the Tim Tebow of the Iowa Caucuses”

In Thursday’s GOP debate in Sioux City, Rick Perry scored one of the night’s most memorable lines when he compared himself to the often-underestimated Broncos quarterback. 

RIP Billie Jo Spears

The Beaumont-raised country crooner, known for the number-one hit “Blanket on the Ground,” died of lung cancer at her home in Vidor.

Border Fence Threatens America's Remaining Ocelots

Biologists are worried that the U.S.-Mexico border fence adversely impacts endangered species and other animals.

Tasteless Casket Photo Goes Viral

A picture of fifteen Air Force members posing with a metal casket containing a seemingly lifeless corpse has led to an investigation at Lackland Air Force Base.

Abilene Strippers Suing Over Backpay

Four strippers from Abilene are suing their employer in hopes of recouping overtime and unpaid wages they would have been entitled to if they were considered employees instead of contractors.

Theology Professor Calls Islam a Cult

A Tarrant County College adjunct professor resigned from his post after two Muslim students objected to his characterization of Islam in his Great Religions of the World class.

Building a Different Kind of Wall in the Valley

After stray bullets hit two students at an Edinburg junior high, officials consider erecting a cinder-block wall around the property.

Should Ron Paul Run as a Third-Party Candidate?

Glenn Beck and Joe Scarborough said if Newt Gringrich wins the nomination, they would rather vote for the Texas Congressman.