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.


Rites of Passage

LBJ, voting rights, and a complex legacy.

Better Call Hall

Michael Hall and his perfect game.

The List: Best and Worst 2015

A preview of the ten best and ten worst legislators of the Eighty-fourth Legislature.

The Abbott Interview

Our legislator in chief assesses a spring marked by pre-K budgets, the open carry debate, border security, and a certain kerfuffle over Jade Helm.

Blue Bell Blues

Blue Bell and my empty freezer.

Call of the Wild

Lost in Big Bend.

Goodbye to a Writer

The unrivaled legacy of Paul Burka.

The Fixer

James Baker says politics has changed since his White House days. For the worse.

Capitol Gains

A new era for the Capitol—and for Texas Monthly’s Capitol bureau.

March Cover Sneak Peek: The New Faces of Marriage in Texas?

An inside look at Pamela Colloff’s cover story on the fight for marriage equality.

The Write Stuff

Sometimes journalism really does make a difference.


Last Man Standing

Despite all the exits and entrances around him, House speaker Joe Straus plans on staying right where he is.

Steer Campaign

The pleasure of picking a Bum Steer.

Election History

A visit from the ghost of elections past.

The Next Four Years

Free advice for Greg Abbott, the new governor of Texas.