Brian D. Sweany

Brian D. Sweany was named editor in chief at Texas Monthly in July 2014. He began his career in journalism as an intern at the magazine in 1996, and before being promoted, he was a senior executive editor in charge of Texas Monthly’s political coverage. Born in Richardson and raised in Plano, Sweany earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of North Texas, in Denton, and a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Sweany has also worked as an assistant professor in the journalism department at Ithaca College, in New York, and as a senior editor at D Magazine, in Dallas. He is active in a number of civic and volunteer organizations, including serving on the board of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT and being named a Next Generation Fellow by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT-Austin. He lives in Austin with his wife, two children, and an ever-growing manuscript for The Kingdom of the Saddle, a biography of Charles Goodnight to be published by Penguin in the spring of 2015.


A Summer Weekend at Palo Duro Canyon

A father-daughter duo chase history in Texas’s grand Canyon.

First Class All the Way

RIP Robert Strauss.

"I Shall not Seek, and I Will not Accept"

A key member of LBJ’s administration tells the inside story behind Johnson’s decision not to run in 1968.

Candidate George W. Bush

A look back at the 1994 campaign for governor.

The Legacy of Robert Strauss

The passing of a political legend.

The Search for the Next UT System Chancellor

Will Rick Perry get his man? Will the Board of Regents go its own way? It’s a question worthy of Shakespeare.

As UT Likes It

The university's chancellor wars.

You Remember Dolph Briscoe, Don't You?

What Texas Monthly had to say about the former governor in 1976.

Ann Richards: Sadder but Wiser

A candid look at the popular governor as she faced reelection in 1994–and struggled with the limitations of her office.

Primary Day 2014

A real-time view of an election in which the tea party flexed its muscles.

The Importance of Being John Connally

A look at one of Texas’s most powerful governors running hard for president. It’s like deja vu all over again.

What We Learned About Rick Perry

Governor Perry ditches his boots (with one important exception), but he’s still running hard on the campaign trail.

The Destiny of Demographics (Or, What the Candidates Should Be Talking About)

The changes Texas is facing can become a terrible burden–or an unprecedented asset.