Dianna, a fourth-generation Houstonian and nationally award-winning journalist, is almost always interested if there’s a good story involved, a sensibility that has landed her on shrimping boats on the Gulf Coast, oil derricks in South Texas, stalking famous elderly almost-astronauts in Florida and occasionally—whenever possible—riding horses while on assignment. Dianna is a former staff writer for the Houston Press. When she’s not devouring good books or walking her dogs, she’s probably doing that yoga thing or enjoying some red wine.

News

ExxonMobil Baytown Plant Explosion Injures 37

A shelter-in-place order for the city was lifted around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

07/31/2019 By Dianna Wray

Per Aspera Ad Astra

Remembering Chris Kraft, NASA's First Flight Director

The legend who founded Mission Control and oversaw the moon landing has died at 95.

07/25/2019 By Dianna Wray

The Line Up

Will Houston Ever Get a Bullet Train to Dallas?

What’s a realistic timeline at this point? Nobody knows for sure.

07/22/2019 By Dianna Wray

Top Doctors

5 Incredible Medical Breakthroughs That Happened Right Here in Houston

At the Texas Medical Center, near-miracles happen every day.

07/22/2019 Edited by Dianna Wray

Top Doctors

At Baylor College of Medicine, a Cure for Blindness

Dr. Timothy Stout and his team are helping children see again.

07/22/2019 By Dianna Wray

Destination: Downtown

How Downtown Houston Went from Barren to Bustling

Decades of building new parks, sports arenas, bars and restaurants has transformed downtown into a place where Houstonians actually want to live, work and play.

06/25/2019 By Dianna Wray

The room where it happened

You Can Now Walk Around the Apollo Mission Control Room at Space Center Houston

Thanks to the town of Webster, a Kickstarter campaign, and help from many, many Houstonians, the room looks exactly as it did when Neil Armstrong touched down on the moon.

06/25/2019 By Dianna Wray

Dive Right In

20 Texas Swimming Holes to Cool You Off This Summer

It’s that time of year again, Houston, when the weather is downright relentless and we have to escape. But don't despair: There are many cool, clear, refreshing lakes, rivers, and spring-fed pools to enjoy right here in this beautiful state of ours.

06/25/2019 By Morgan Kinney, Gwendolyn Knapp, Nicki Koetting, Abby Ledoux, Catherine Matusow, Laura Furr Mericas, and Dianna Wray

The Drawl

4 Cocktails You Should Drink to Remember the Moon Landing

Bartenders across town have concocted a variety of NASA-centric offerings to help Houston celebrate that “one small step” right.

06/25/2019 By Dianna Wray

And now for some really good news

Johnson Space Center Scientist Freed From Turkish Prison

After being incarcerated in Turkey for more than three years, Serkan Golge was abruptly released this week.

05/31/2019 By Dianna Wray

Ice House

Apollo 11, By the Numbers

The moon landing was one giant leap for Houston. (And, fine, all mankind.)

05/24/2019 By Dianna Wray

Ice House

Where Will the Giant Art Guys Head Next?

Shepherd Drive has changed a lot over the years, but some things have stayed the same: two 14-foot fiberglass statues of men in suits. As the dealership next to them moves, will they go with it?

05/24/2019 By Dianna Wray

H-Town Diary

In the End, Everything Changes. Even Doyle's.

An ode to the Houston institution since 1954.

05/24/2019 By Dianna Wray

Stormy Weather

Shaken by Tuesday's Floods, Houstonians Brace for More Bad Weather

Forecasts for heavy rain in the greater Houston area extend through Saturday.

05/09/2019 By Dianna Wray

Gulf Coast Vacations

Expect the Unexpected on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Quaint towns, oddball museums, and much more await.

04/25/2019 By Dianna Wray

Dream Homes

In Rivercrest, Home Is Where the Peacocks Are

This contemporary “smart house” has, well, everything.

03/25/2019 By Dianna Wray

Smoke gets in your eyes. Benzene gets everywhere.

The ITC Deer Park Fire Is Out, But Now There's Benzene in the Air

Levels of this known carcinogen have spiked, prompting a shelter-in-place for Deer Park and Galena Park.

03/21/2019 By Dianna Wray

Burning questions, answered

What We Know About the Health Effects of the ITC Deer Park Fire

Officials say that Houston air is still okay to breathe.

03/19/2019 By Dianna Wray

Review

Anastasia Suggests Revising History Is Not So Simple

The touring musical, which has its moments, doesn't quite work.

03/08/2019 By Dianna Wray

#IAmBecoming

Michelle Obama's Houston Tour Stop Lived Up to the Hype

The former First Lady's book tour is selling out for a reason.

03/04/2019 By Dianna Wray