Brian D. Sweany

Brian D. Sweany was named editor in chief of Texas Monthly in July 2014. He began his career in journalism as an intern at the magazine in 1996, and before being promoted to his current post, 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, serving on the board of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT and being 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.


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.

Patterson v. Patrick

As the clock winds down on the primary, Patterson unloads on Patrick in the hope of taking the second spot

The Making of Barbara Jordan

A look back at the career of one of Texas’s most remarkable politicians.

A Long and Bitter Fight

How the debate over abortion has come to define our politics like no other issue.

All the Way With LBJ

A civil rights summit in Austin celebrates the true legacy of the Johnson administration.

Clichés on the Campaign Trail

The bad news for Texans is that 2014 is shaping up in the most predictable way.

Who Wants to Be Lieutenant Governor?

The debate among the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor was heavy on wedge issues but light on policy. 

Life and Death and the Case of Marlise Muñoz

What happens when a private family tragedy plays out in a very public way?

Stuck in the Middle

Harry Reid to the left of him. The tea party to the right. Senator John Cornyn on the challenges of running a “big tent” GOP in a time of fierce partisanship.

The Verdict

Wallace Jefferson sizes up his historic tenure as the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas.