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.


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.

The Overcomer

Greg Abbott will almost certainly be our next governor. What’s less certain is what sort of governor he will be.

Preview: The Overcomer

An excerpt from Brian D. Sweany’s forthcoming cover story on Greg Abbott.

The Underdog

Tom Pauken, the former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, knows he has an uphill climb to defeat Greg Abbott in the Republican primary for governor next March. But he’s not interested in what he calls “the divine right of succession.”

Walter White Meets LBJ

"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston will take on the role of Lyndon Johnson in a play next month titled "All the Way."

Gene Powell’s Letter to Jim Pitts

The Chairman of the UT System Board of Regents writes to the powerful state representative to defend the actions of Regent Wallace Hall and states that Pitts’s opinion of Hall “may have been intentionally mischaracterized.”

Greg Abbott Makes His Move

The longtime attorney general announces he’s running for governor and helps kickoff what will be a historic election cycle.

The Wise Men, Part II

Former Speaker of the House Pete Laney and former lieutenant governor Bill Ratliff size up the work of the 83rd Legislature—and make a few predictions along the way.

The Wallace Hall Interview

In an exclusive conversation with Texas Monthly, the controversial UT regent opens up about the board, the Legislature, and the future of UT-Austin president Bill Powers.

Return Fire

One day after the Legislature shows its support for UT president William Powers, the Board of Regents strikes back.