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.


Wild Burros Protest at the Capitol

Six burros and their handlers marched up Lavaca Street to the Capitol, a furry showing of opposition to TPWD’s feral burro-eradication program. 

Texans Are Not Sore Losers

Other presidential hopefuls from Texas have gracefully exited the stage when their time was over. 

SCOTUS to District Court: Try, Try Again

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the district court in San Antonio needs to go back to the drawing board and draft up a new set of redistricting maps. 

"Bootylicious" Horsefly Named After Beyonce

An Australian scientist honored the singer by dubbing the “all time diva of flies” Scaptia beyonceae. Surprisingly, this isn’t the only insect named after a Texan. 

Rick Perry Gets Praise from an Unlikely Place

In the latest issue of the New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg explains why Governor Perry’s idea to give the Supreme Court term limits is a good one. 

Meet Mitt Romney’s Mexican Relatives

NPR’s John Burnett traveled to Colonia Juarez, Mexico, to explore a side of Romney’s biography that he doesn’t stump about. 

Why Does Wisconsin Care About Texas’s Whooping Cranes?

The drought threatening the state’s whooping crane population highlights the importance of current conservation efforts in Wisconsin.

Man Arrested for Stabbing Puppy in Abilene

Abilene police arrested a man who attacked a fourteen-week-old puppy.

Fewer Americans Concerned About Illegal Immigration

More Americans are worried about tax fairness and “moral breakdown” than illegal immigration, a new national poll finds.

A River (of Pig Blood) Runs Through It

Columbia Packing Co., a meatpacking plant in Dallas’s Oak Cliff neighborhood, has been accused of dumping pig blood into Cedar Creek, which feeds into the Trinity River. 

Nacogdoches Embraces Burmese Refugees

When refugees from Myanmar moved to the small city to work for Pilgrim’s Pride, residents practiced good Texas hospitality and made efforts to bridge the cross-cultural divide.

Warren Jeffs Seems Determined to Keep Newspapers in Business

The imprisoned polygamist leader continues to spread his apocalyptic message, spending tens of thousands of dollars on large ads in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Tennessean.

How Drunk Would You Have Been If You Played Karl Rove's SOTU Drinking Game?

Rove said that if State of the Union watchers drink every time President Obama said the phrase “middle class,” then “we’re going to have a lot of drunk people in America.” Was he right?

Is Perry Damaged Goods?

A new poll finds that only forty percent of Texans approve of the governor’s performance, and pundits continue examining the political effects of his failed campaign.

Texas Set to Execute First Man of 2012

Rodrigo Hernandez, who was convicted of the rape and murder of Susan Verstegen, a 38-year-old single mother and Frito-Lay employee, is set to die.