Shaping Houston History

Our List of Which Bayou City Greats Deserve Their Own Statues

A real who's who of hometown heroes.

11/26/2020 Edited by Dianna Wray

All Politics is Local

A Simple Twist of Fate Brought Ed Emmett to the Bayou City

The former county judge found Houston and never looked back.

10/13/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

All Politics is Local

U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia's Navigation System Began—You Guessed It—on Navigation Boulevard

The local leader’s journey to Congress owes a lot to her "segundo barrio," the East End.

10/13/2020 By Gwendolyn Knapp

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Acres Homes Native Mayor Sylvester Turner Knows His Roots

The local leader attests to the power of community-oriented neighborhoods.

10/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

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Senator Ted Cruz Is a Diehard Houstonian

A love of small business and the Constitution blossomed in the Bayou City.

10/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

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City Councilmember Letitia Plummer Follows in Giant Footsteps

And now she's allowed in the room where it happens.

10/13/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

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U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw is a Hometown Boy

Although he grew up all over the world, he’ll always consider Houston home.

10/13/2020 By Catherine Wendlandt

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How Martha Wong Went from Teacher to Politician

The former Texas representative paved the way for Asian Americans in Houston politics.

10/13/2020 By Gwendolyn Knapp

All Politics is Local

Annise Parker's Free Range Youth Instilled a Passion for Nature

The former city mayor’s love of Houston greenspace is rooted in Spring Branch.

10/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

All Politics is Local

Get to Know Some of Houston’s Most Dynamic Politicians

A look at how life in the Bayou City has shaped some of our most intriguing elected officials.

10/13/2020 By Houstonia Staff

Finding the way

Meet the Groundbreaking Publisher Who Built an Empire of Hispanic Literature

As a child, Nicolás Kanellos couldn't find books that accurately portrayed his Hispanic heritage. As an adult, he sought out and published the ones that did.

10/08/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Making Space

With Kindness and Dignity, Houstonian Chantal Rochelle Is Creating Waves at Buzzfeed

A local girl explores Black identity as a web host, on her own terms.

10/08/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Perfect Party

Fall's Perfect Party: The What-A-Strange-Year-We’re-Living-In Edition

This season we're inviting a Houston crew giving us hope during these bizarre times to our socially distanced shindig.

09/29/2020 Edited by Dianna Wray

Speak Up

'Quiet Rebel' Tracie Jae is Changing Lives, One Conversation at a Time

The communication-pro talks how we can nurture empathy and progress in Houston and beyond.

06/19/2020 By Chameli Belk-Gupta

Sewing machine

How the 'Astros Girl' Is Giving Back During the Pandemic

A Houston bikini model has been leading the charge to overcome the mask shortage.

06/09/2020 By JAKE WHITNEY

Perfect Party

June's Perfect Party: The Houston Heroes Edition

This month we're celebrating the frontline workers of the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/09/2020 By Dianna Wray

Blues Keep Knockin’

The Slow and Steady Burn of Singer Trudy Lynn's Career in the Blues

The Fifth Ward girl who became an incomparable R&B diva.

06/09/2020 By Chris Gray

Head above water

How One UH Swimmer Is Keeping Her Olympic Dreams Afloat During a Pandemic

Mykenzie Leehy trained for years to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials, but now that they're postponed, what's next?

06/09/2020 By Gwendolyn Knapp

In deep waters

Watch This Houston Mother-daughter Duo on Shark Tank This Week

The two will face the sharks on May 6 pitch their gadget for grandparents.

05/05/2020 By Catherine Wendlandt

Perfect party

May's Perfect Party: The Skype Happy Hour Edition

This month we're inviting the leaders who've helped Houston navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

05/01/2020 By Catherine Matusow