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.



Ann Richards ads it up.

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose blooms in Dallas–Fort Worth.

Over Time

Eleven years later, the Permian High School Panthers remember Friday Night Lights, the book that put them—and Odessa—on the map.

Voting Rites

LBJ, George Wallace, Selma: Eavesdropping on the making of history 35 years ago this month.

We Remember: Tom Landry

A tip of the hat to Tom Landry.

LBJ’s Living Legacy

Members of LBJ’s inner circle share their remembrances of a man whose powers of persuasion were truly awe-inspiring.

Education • Rod Paige

Passing the test.

Seeing the Light

An old cemetery. A deserted crossroads. A ghostly reflection—or a figment of our imagination? On the trail of a West Texas mystery.

The Better Deal

Forget A-Rod’s $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers. Jeff Bagwell of the Houston Astros has more important numbers to brag about.

The Cash Machine

Texas Tech didn’t hire Bobby Knight to win games—it hired him to make money. He should score big as long as he doesn’t choke.

Happy Trails

Plano isn’t just a plain ol’ suburb of Dallas. It has parks, history, and much more. Honest.