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.


Making Dr Pepper

David Thomas on making Dr Pepper.

Snap Decisions

Your unofficial playbook for watching college football in Texas this weekend.

Snap Decisions

Your unofficial playbook for watching college football in Texas during the weekend of October 9.

Batting DH

Vladimir Guerrero on batting DH.

Playing No-Limit Texas Hold ’Em

Doyle Brunson on playing No-Limit Texas Hold ’Em.

West Toward Home

The Permian Basin is a place of pump jacks, big sky, generous neighbors, stinging sandstorms, and lonesome highways. For former first lady Laura Bush, it was the scene of an idyllic childhood—and a tragic accident that changed her life forever.

T. Boone Pickens


Brittney Griner


The Bucket List

63 things that all Texans must do before they die.


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.

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.

Covering Football

Dave Campbell on covering football.

Real Estate

Ebby Halliday, real estate agent.