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.

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

Kicked Off

How NASA Are Nike's New NASA-Themed Sneakers?

We investigate.

02/25/2019 By Dianna Wray

Ice House

Are the State's Cannabis Laws Set to Change?

The Houston Academy of Cannabis Science is ready to educate those interested in the marijuana business—just in case they do.

02/25/2019 By Dianna Wray

Spring Day Trips

Learning About Texas History In Beaumont

Yes, Beaumont.

02/25/2019 By Dianna Wray

Ice House

How Saxophone Player Jean-Baptiste Jacquet Integrated Houston Audiences

The musician, along with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and others, led the way to play the first major desegregated concert in the Bayou City.

01/28/2019 By Dianna Wray

News

In Photos: 41st Annual Parade Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who marched with King in Alabama more than 50 years ago, participated.

01/21/2019 By Dianna Wray Photography by Daniel Kramer

Have Fun, Feel Great

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Yoga

"I’d always sniffed at the suggestion that I should partake in an adulterated form of an ancient practice that had been culturally appropriated and turned into an excuse to wear expensive stretchy pants. "

12/31/2018 By Dianna Wray

Money, Money, Money

Is Houston Still a Cheap Place to Live?

Houston has always had a reputation of being a super-affordable city—but is it outgrowing that image?

12/31/2018 By Dianna Wray

News

Will the Arkema Indictments Change the Way Houston Chemical Companies Operate?

The release of toxic chemicals at Arkema's Crosby outpost during Hurricane Harvey has led to criminal charges against its CEO and plant manager.

12/31/2018 By Dianna Wray

Ice House

What to Watch for as the Texas Legislative Session Kicks Off

Lawmakers most likely will be diving into everything from problems with school financing, to concerns raised by Hurricane Harvey, to questions on gun violence raised after the shootings at Santa Fe High School and Sutherland Springs.

12/31/2018 By Dianna Wray

Godspeed

George H.W. Bush Takes His Final Ride Through Texas Aboard Union Pacific Locomotive 4141

The Lone Star State salutes the former president as he heads to his final resting place.

12/06/2018 By Dianna Wray

Remembering 41

President George H.W. Bush's Houston Funeral Scheduled For Thursday

The former president spent his peaceful last hours in Houston, his adopted home of more than 50 years.

12/02/2018 By Dianna Wray

Political Talk

President Obama and James Baker Celebrate No Indictments at the Baker Institute's 25th Anniversary Gala

An extraordinary conversation manages to reach across the political aisle.

11/28/2018 By Dianna Wray

Houston's Darkest Hours

How Enron Rose and Fell

The story of a company's collapse, and the CEO who insisted he wasn't responsible

11/26/2018 By Dianna Wray

Houston's Darkest Hours

How the Sharpstown State Bank Brought Down Texas’s Top Politicians

It all started when Frank Sharp wanted to see some favorable banking bills pushed through the Texas legislature.

11/26/2018 By Dianna Wray

Midterms 2018

A Heartwarming Election Day Story

How three strangers in Houston came together to ensure that one of them could vote.

11/07/2018 By Dianna Wray