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.


Woman Fights for Three Meals a Day in Prisons

An Austin woman worried about the health of her father, an inmate at the Eastham Unit, is petitioning the prisons to feed inmates three meals every day.

Dust Bowl Texas: The Drought’s Impact on Groundwater, State Parks, and Horses

The drought leaves nothing untouched. This week the ongoing drought impacts the state’s groundwater, state parks, and horses. 

Plano Model, Blogger Severely Injured By Plane Propeller

Good Morning America interviewed Lauren Scruggs’s parents about the condition of their daughter, who lost a hand after walking into a plane propeller.

Whooping Cranes Have Their Day in Court

The endangered whooping crane is at the center of a lawsuit that could change the rights of water users in Texas. 

Remembering the Yogurt Shop Murders

Twenty years ago today, four teenage girls were murdered at an “I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt” in Austin, and the killers have yet to be caught.

MFAH Lands Star Director from Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Gary Tinterow is packing his bags for the Bayou City to head the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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.