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.


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.

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.