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.

Stories

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.

Third and Long

R. C. Slocum is the winningest football coach in A&M history. So why are some Aggies hoping he gets sacked?

Cheers to Salman Rushdie

Novelist Salman Rushdie, whose new book, Fury, will be published by Random House in September, kicks off the twenty-first annual Margarett Root Brown Houston Reading Series on September 10 at the Alley Theatre.

Less Is Moore

For almost four decades, G. A. Moore, Jr. has quietly gone about becoming the greatest high school football coach in Texas history.

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