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.

Top Doctors 2016

Target Practice: Gene Sequencing and the Fight Against Cancer in Children

Studies like BASIC3 could go a long way toward finding more genetic mutations, and along with that, more tailored drugs.

07/18/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Sharp Turn

From Life on the Streets to Life as a Congressional Aide

“I’m 26, and I’ve spent more of my life in the system than out of it.”

07/18/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Broken Glass

As Curbside Glass Recycling Ends, the City Adds More Drop-off Locations

The mayor hopes to make it a little easier for you to drop off those glass empties.

06/29/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

All You Need Is Love

Second Issue of Love Wins Texas Hits Newsstands July 3

Despite the Orlando tragedy, the second issue of our sister publication remains a celebration of love and pride.

06/27/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Mosquito Season

Brazilian Researchers Come to Houston Looking for a Zika Cure

Leda Castilho and her team have moved into a top-notch lab space to help tackle the dangerous virus from Houston.

06/27/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Don't Touch That Dial

Texas's Oldest Black Radio Station Finds a New Home on FM

After a rocky couple of years and a changing of hands, the historic KCOH plays on.

06/23/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Broken Glass

Through the Losing Glass: What the Recycling Conundrum Says About Houston

What happens now that glass recycling has gone the way of Astroworld?

06/20/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Philanthropy

Private Donors Give Nearly $2 Million to Help Tax Day Flood Victims

The nation's most charitable city gives back—to itself.

06/01/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Postcards From Beyond the Beltway

Best of the Burbs: Explore The Woodlands

Where a very different kind of big game hunting awaits...

05/31/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Ice House

This Month’s Must-Try Dept: Vaginal Steaming

You know what it’s like when you make yourself a cup of hot chamomile tea, hold it in both hands, and breathe in the steam?

05/31/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Urban Transit

Talking Houston with an NYC Transportation Guru

In one respect, Houston's transit innovation is leading the pack. Seriously.

05/19/2016 Photography by Roxanna Asgarian

Underground Houston

You Can Now Explore the Long-Buried Cistern Beneath Buffalo Bayou Park

The former water reservoir is opening for the public to experience May 13.

05/12/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

City Hall

Mayor Turner Gives His First State of the City Address

This may be the largest fiscal challenge Houston has faced since the Great Recession, but at least we have a "flood czar" now.

05/04/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Big Business

In the City with the World's Largest Medical Center, There's Still No Biotech—Yet

Houston has everything it needs to create thriving biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Now, if only its research and business communities can learn to work together.

05/01/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Best East Texas State Parks

The Fauna of the Piney Woods

From water moccasins to woodpeckers, what to watch for—and what to watch out for—in East Texas.

04/28/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Best East Texas State Parks

For the Canoers and Kayakers: Caddo Lake State Park

A potential Bigfoot sighting is far from the only reason to visit Texas's largest—and only—natural lake.

04/28/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Best East Texas State Parks

The Flora of the Piney Woods

Did you know? Spanish moss is neither a moss nor a lichen.

04/28/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Poughkeepsie to Polunsky

In Texas, Death Row Inmates Through the Eyes of a New York Artist

A supermax prison isn't the best place to sit for a portrait, but Peter Charlap's subjects have no other choice.

04/28/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Economy

This Ain't the '80s: Why the Bust is Different This Time Around

"The biggest thing, amongst the other issues, is fear," says Marvy Finger. "Fear of the unknown.”

04/28/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Stats on Stats

Top 5 Takeaways from the Latest Houston Area Survey

For starters, public opinion on HERO doesn't match the way Houston voted.

04/25/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian