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 look at one of Texas’s most powerful governors running hard for president. It’s like deja vu all over again.
Governor Perry ditches his boots (with one important exception), but he’s still running hard on the campaign trail.
The changes Texas is facing can become a terrible burden–or an unprecedented asset.
As the clock winds down on the primary, Patterson unloads on Patrick in the hope of taking the second spot
A look back at the career of one of Texas’s most remarkable politicians.
How the debate over abortion has come to define our politics like no other issue.
A civil rights summit in Austin celebrates the true legacy of the Johnson administration.
The bad news for Texans is that 2014 is shaping up in the most predictable way.
The debate among the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor was heavy on wedge issues but light on policy.
What happens when a private family tragedy plays out in a very public way?
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.
Wallace Jefferson sizes up his historic tenure as the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas.
Greg Abbott will almost certainly be our next governor. What’s less certain is what sort of governor he will be.