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

Leppert Colony

In the ninth-largest city in America, boring is the new exciting.

Fed Up

The pall over Dallas City Hall.

Fed Up

The pall over Dallas City Hall.

Child’s Play

Summer vacation is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you should panic. We’ve rounded up 68 of our favorite things to do with your toddlers, teens, and every kid in between. Dance the hokey pokey. Rope a horse. Eat way too many hot dogs. Zip down a waterslide. And yes, feed the animals.

Sprinting

Jeremy Wariner on being an Olympic sprinter.

Downtown Plano

A not-so-sleepy suburban haven.

Being Mayor

Hilmar G. Moore on being mayor.

The Republic of Chad

Eight years ago, the closest presidential election ever was settled in a political street fight. In this oral history of the Florida recount, the victors recall the unbelievable twists and turns that put George W. Bush in the White House.

Styles and Styles of Texas

The thirty Texans with the most iconic, unforgettable, eye-popping looks, from Davy Crockett to Beyoncé.

Real Estate

Ebby Halliday, real estate agent.

Covering Football

Dave Campbell on covering football.

People We’ll Miss—2009

A fond look back at 22 Texans who died in 2009, from Farrah Fawcett and Walter Cronkite to Brandon Lara and Joe Bowman.

Post-Office

Has it only been one year since George W. Bush left the White House? A snapshot of the forty-third president and his inner circle at the height of their power.

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