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.


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.

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.

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 Cattle Industry Could be Forever Changed

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Energy Company Opts Not to Exterminate Prairie Dog Colony

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.