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.


The Wise Men: Pete Laney and Bill Ratliff

In the first conversation of a new interview series called “Out of Office,” the former Speaker of the House and the former lieutenant governor discuss their years in the Lege, how the Capitol has changed, and what to expect this session.

What Is a Boy Scout?

The board of the Boy Scouts of America was supposed to decide today whether to change its policy of excluding gay members. I hoped they would do the right thing. Instead they kicked the can down the road. (UPDATED)

The Education of Tom Craddick

The future Speaker of the House had a secret weapon when he wanted to pass a bill in 1969: his Democratic roommates.

A Capital Time

Midland’s Tom Craddick shares a few memories from his forty-plus years in the Legislature.

Scout’s Dishonor

An Eagle Scout wrestles with what’s happened to the organization he loved. 

The Paul Sadler Interview

As the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate prepares for his final debate against Ted Cruz, he discusses why he thinks he can win, the state of the Democratic party, and what the word “troll” really means.

The Kay Place

Kay Bailey Hutchison, the state’s senior senator and the first woman from Texas to hold that office, opens up about the changes in her party, why she decided to retire, and the governor’s race that got away. 

Being a Lawyer

Lisa M. Tatum on being a lawyer

Being a River Walk Tour Guide

Elizabeth Taylor on being a River Walk tour guide.

Debating Robert Caro

The fourth volume of an epic LBJ biography stirs more controversy.

R.I.P. DP, 1891-2012

Dublin Dr Pepper, Beverage Beloved By Many, Dies at 120

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.