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.

Stories

Ron Paul Dismisses the Donald

Ron Paul’s talons were out over the weekend, slamming the decision to let billionaire mogul Donald Trump moderate the Newsmax debate in Iowa.

Decision Delayed on the Fate of a Tiny Lizard

The feds have postponed their decision on whether to add the dunes sagebrush lizard to the endangered species list until mid-2012.

The Weekend’s Best Investigative Reporting

From squatters in Tarrant County to the far-reaching influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council, we’ve rounded up (and broken down) some of the best enterprise stories from around the state.

Enron: Ten Years Later

It’s been exactly one decade since the energy company filed for bankruptcy, forever changing Houston and the U.S. economy. 

Rick Perry Profiled By “Vanity Fair”

Temple-native Bryan Burrough examines how the governor went from being the “anointed” one to a punch-line factory. 

Bum Steer of the Week: A Case of Fowl Play Turned Deadly

A man murders a beloved turkey that lived in a New Braunfels park. 

Drop in Juárez Murder Rate Is Bad for Funeral Business

The El Paso Times reported that as Juárez’s murder rate drops, funeral homes suffer, a story that elicited horrified reactions from the community.

Why Did Mitt Romney Visit with Bush 41?

Nothing to see here. The presidential candidate just dropped by George H.W. Bush’s Houston home today for a friendly visit.

An Unnamed Source Calls Teen’s Motivation for Suicide into Question

Joaquin Luna’s family said he killed himself last week out of despair over his immigration status, but others say the suicide was unrelated to that. 

Key Apollo 13 Document Sells for Pretty Penny at Auction

The checklist that astronaut James Lovell scratched out to calculate his crippled spacecraft’s reentry into earth’s orbit fetched $388,375 at auction in Dallas on Wednesday.

Joel Osteen Developing Reality Show Series

Megachurch pastor and televangelist Joel Osteen, who is no stranger to the camera, will step his exposure up a notch by starring in a new reality show, tentatively titled Pack Your Bags.

Hold Me Closer, Treadmill Dancer

Ready for the next YouTube sensation out of Texas? A phone video of a woman dancing on a treadmill filmed at an El Paso gym has almost a million hits.

The State Made Sure Its Portrayal in “Top Chef: Texas” Was Appetizing

The state forked over $600,000 to lure the Bravo show to Texas, but placed some restrictions on the show for accepting the cash. 

Law Enforcement Unions Slam Harris County DA

Organizations representing some 10,000 Harris County law enforcement officers banded together on Tuesday to denounce District Attorney Pat Lykos as being soft on crime.

Yao Ming Dabbles in Viticulture

Fresh into his retirement from the Houston Rockets, Yao Ming has taken up viticulture and is hoping his cachet in China will help him sell wine in his home country.

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