Roxanna, a native of Las Vegas, joined the Houstonia staff in December 2015. As associate editor, she focuses on news stories and real estate features. She got her bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, she was a breaking news stringer for the New York Daily News and a real estate reporter for the Houston Business Journal

Roxanna lives with her husband, son, and her girl cat, Charles.

rebuild houston

In Order to Rebuild, Houston Needs Its Undocumented Workforce

Texas has more than 250,000 undocumented construction workers, and the Gulf Coast needs as much help as it can get.

09/07/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

News

Amid Harvey's Destruction, Federal Judge Halts SB4

A ray of hope for undocumented immigrants in Houston, which were some of the most vulnerable to Harvey's wrath.

08/31/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

#HarveyHMag

Harvey: Where We Are Now

Much of the city is underwater, and Houstonians are rallying to help.

08/28/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

#harveyhmag

In Photos: Harvey's Rains Cause Devastating Floods in Houston

We'll be updating this post as Harvey continues to pound the region in what officials are calling an "unprecedented" disaster.

08/27/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian With Katharine Shilcutt

#harveyhmag

Harvey's Rains Bring Historic Flooding in Houston

Five deaths have been reported so far.

08/27/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Hunker Down

Houston Braces Itself for Harvey

Houstonians are clearing out the shelves at H-E-B and battening down the hatches.

08/24/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Inner Peace

I Tried It: Kundalini Meditation

Could that elusive inner stillness help relieve my health issues?

08/22/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Ice House

There Will Be a New Addition to Houston's Skyline in 2019

Bank of America will move into the new 750,000-square-foot, 35-story office tower downtown, the current state of Houston's commercial real estate scene notwithstanding.

08/21/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

News

Meet the Harris County Judge Who Wants to Abolish Our Cash-Bail System

Darrell Jordan says he’s simply following the law when he releases defendants who can’t pay bail.

08/21/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Rich People's Houses

'Aristocrat's Treehouse' on Lazy Lane Up for Grabs

For a cool $19.5 million.

07/27/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Immigration

Conroe Residents Protest Expansion of Immigration Detention Facility

The privately run facility will add 1,000 beds next door to the existing Joe Corley Detention Center, and some residents—including the mayor—aren't happy.

07/25/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Ice House

5 Stand-Up Paddling Spots to Try This Summer

These waterways will show you what's SUP, no matter your paddle-boarding speed.

07/18/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Ice House

With Ghana ThinkTank, Houston Gets a Little Help from Afar

A collective of artists has decided to "develop the First World" for a change.

06/22/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Politics

Houston City Council Votes to Join Lawsuit Against SB4

In a vote of 10 to 6, with one abstaining, the Houston City Council voted to challenge the state's new "anti-sanctuary cities" bill.

06/21/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Real Estate

New Gated Community Looks to Make Modern Architecture Affordable

This "Oak Forest–adjacent" development is targeting those who want a little more space but need easy access to the city.

06/15/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Life in the Big City

Finding an Inner Loop School for Your Kid Just Got Easier

A downtown economic development group is looking to lure young families to the heart of the city.

06/13/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Tin House Panic

Infamous Out-of-the-Box West U Home Could Now Be Yours

The metal-sided house caused a ruckus when it was built in 2011.

05/31/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Alternative Medicine Guide

If You'd Like to Pull Stuff From Your Ears, Candling Is For You

While not accepted by the medical community, candling can sure be satisfying.

05/25/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Bayougraphy

Sarah Davis: At Odds with Both the Left and the Right, Depending on the Day

The state representative and Houston attorney is known for voting against the grain.

05/25/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Skyscrapers

Peek Inside the Newest Addition to Houston's Skyline

Let us introduce you to 609 Main at Texas.

05/23/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian