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.


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.

They Shoot Burros, Don’t They?

The unhappy plight of the roving burros in Big Bend has attracted the notice of the San Antonio Express-News’ editorial board.

Rick Perry Wages a “Spiritual” War on Abortion

A 5,000-word piece in Religious Dispatches details the “spiritual” war on abortion in Texas under Rick Perry’s watch.

Family: Immigration Challenges Drive Teen to Commit Suicide

An eighteen-year-old aspiring engineer in Mission killed himself last week, because he feared his immigrant status would prevent him from attending college.

Price Slashed on Bob Lanier’s River Oaks Mansion

Are you a political junkie who has always wanted a 13,000-square foot home on the River Oaks Country Club Golf Course? Well, you might want to take a peek at Bob and Elyse Lanier’s mansion.

Dust Bowl Texas: Drought’s Impact on Christmas Trees, Grapes, and Quail

The drought leaves nothing untouched. This week the ongoing drought impacts the state’s Christmas tree production, grapes, quail, and peanut butter sandwiches.

Karl Rove Has Reinvented Himself as a Powerful Fundraiser

Since leaving the Bush White House, Karl Rove has become “the dominant private citizen in the Republican Party,“ according to a new profile in the New Republic.

Small Town’s Liquor Squabble Is News Fit to Print

Gun Barrel City’s squabble over local liquor laws graces the pages of the New York Times.

Rising YouTube Star from San Antonio Dubbed Next Bieber

The San Antonio Express-News calls fifteen-year-old YouTube sensation Austin Mahone the “Second Coming of Justin Bieber.” 

Narrating the Night Sky

San Antonio's Sandy Wood has been the voice of StarDate for twenty years.

Commercial Appeal

It's no accident that Rick Perry has a 10-0 election record. Watch the campaign ads that helped convince voters he was the man for the job.

High on the Hog

Hunting from a helicopter isn't as easy as Sarah Palin makes it look.