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.

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

Life in the Swamp

Houston, Under Water Again

City officials are calling the flooding "a historic event."

04/18/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Viva Art Deco

The Historic Gulf Oil Building is Getting a Makeover

Downtown's historic Art Deco structure will soon connect with its neighbor and receive a facelift.

04/14/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

This Must Be the Place

Freedom Place: Once a Summer Camp, Now a Home for Healing

When Freedom Place opened its doors in 2012, it was Texas’s first residential treatment center for domestic children who are victims of sex trafficking.

03/31/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Best Neighborhoods 2020

Futurama: What’s Next for Houston’s Neighborhoods?

We asked the experts on population, workability, walkability and more.

03/31/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Drama

Grab Your Popcorn: Houston’s Latest Movie Wars Are Getting Intense

As the turf wars between chain theaters and independent concepts heat up, are Houston filmgoers losing out?

03/31/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Tiny Living

A Peek Inside Houston's First "Micro" Condos

The sales team behind the forthcoming Ivy Lofts in EaDo tries to show Houston how to live in 300 square feet.

03/18/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Cop Talk

A Sikh Change Comes to Houston’s Finest

A uniform change at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is fostering a new sort of interfaith dialog.

03/01/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Real Estate

On the Beauty of Concierge Service

High-rise living has its perks—and we don’t just mean the view.

02/05/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Real Estate

What Apartments Can You Rent for Your Budget?

With Houston’s average rental price at $1,000 a month, how far will your money go?

02/05/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Real Estate

A Guide to Houston’s Newest Apartment Buildings

These are the amenity-packed apartments and condos to watch for.

02/05/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian