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.


One Hundred Years of Greyhound

The Dallas-based national bus line got its start in 1914 transporting iron ore miners in Minnesota.

Asylum Politics

Why did dozens of Sikh detainees in a federal facility in El Paso go on hunger strike in April?

Meanwhile, in Lufkin... June 2014

Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News' police blotter.

Forty Years of the Cadillac Ranch

On June 21, 1974, on a strip of ranchland alongside Interstate 40, an American icon was born.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin... May 2014

Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News' police blotter.

Life at Sea

Merchant Mariner John Dunaway shepherds the world's goods across the high seas, chronicling his journeys on Instagram. His stunning images are oceans apart from the average user's. Here are some of his favorites.

Happy Birthday, Mary Kay Ash

A look back through the years of the empire of Mary Kay, who would have turned 96 today.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin... April 2014

Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News' police blotter.

A Mayor of Many Worlds

Born in Pakistan and raised in Abu Dhabi, the mayor of Paris, Texas, Dr. Arjumand Hashmi, tackles city business in between patient visits and holds the distinction of making the small East Texas city a medical destination for former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf.

A Summer Weekend in Dallas

Glitzing it up around Big D (as in, “Downtown”).

A Summer Weekend in Wimberley

Hill Country glamping in the ultimate tent for two.

When Puppies Go to Prison, They Stay Good for Life

Inmates at two women's prisons in Texas train service dogs for veterans through Patriot Paws, a Rockwall-based nonprofit.

The Younger Years of the Church Elders

Sean Morris and Ryan Ringnald, both in their late twenties, are leaders of the conservative, 90-person Church of Wells, which many consider to be a cult. This doesn't come as a surprise to a number of peers who knew them during their college years at Baylor.