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.

Stories

Mappily Ever After

Once again, redistricting has devolved into a bitter, partisan, confusing, chaotic mess. But take heart, voters! There is a better way.

Performing Sketch Comedy

Shannon Sedwick on using the F-word, playing Ann Richards, and pulling things out of her dress like pipe wrenches and saws. 

Being a Navy SEAL Sniper

Chris Kyle was shot to death Saturday at a gun range near Glen Rose. In an interview from last year, he opened up about why he wanted to be a Navy SEAL.

Being a Hollywood Extra

Jesse Heiman on signing up at Central Casting, working with Leonardo DiCaprio, and still not paying his own phone bill.

Anchoring the CBS Evening News

Scott Pelley on anchoring the CBS Evening News.

Because Mack Brown Has Something to Prove

Admit it, non-orangebloods. You took some pleasure in the collapse of the vaunted UT program last season. Well, guess what? Now it’s time for the empire to strike back.

Big D-Vide

Another South Dallas politician is under investigation for corruption. Why can’t the city seem to change its script?

Downtown Denton

Plenty of college students frequent this historic area, but they’re not the only ones who avail themselves of the culinary, sartorial, and vintage offerings on hand.

Hosting a Children’s Show

Michele Lepe on hosting a children's show.

Outdoors 101

Nothing marks an expert camper more than a mastery of the essential skills, so study up on these backwoods tricks before your next expedition.

Time Will Tell

I saw my first historical marker as a Cub Scout in Pack 291. Nearly thirty years later, I’m still hooked on the story of Texas.

In Our Backyard

The faces—and voices—of eighteen Texans who are living the debate over illegal immigration.

Snap Decisions

Your unofficial playbook for watching college football in Texas during the weekend of October 23.

Making Dr Pepper

David Thomas on making Dr Pepper.

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