Mimi Swartz

Mimi Swartz, the author, with Sherron Watkins, of Power Failure, The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron, is an executive editor of Texas Monthly. Previously, she was a staff writer at Talk, from April 1999 to April 2001, and a staff writer at the New Yorker from 1997 to 2001. Prior to joining the New Yorker, she worked at Texas Monthly for thirteen years. In 1996 Swartz was a finalist for two National Magazine Awards and won in the public interest category for “Not What the Doctor Ordered.” She was also a National Magazine Award finalist for her November 2005 issue story on tort reform, titled “Hurt? Injured? Need a Lawyer? Too Bad!” and won the 2006 John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest, Magazine Journalism, for the same story. In 2013 she won her second National Magazine Award (again in the category of public interest), for “Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives,” a compelling look at the state of women’s health care in Texas. 

Over the years, Swartz’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Slate, National Geographic, and the New York Times’ op-ed page and Sunday magazine. It has also been collected in Best American Political Writing 2006 and Best American Sportswriting 2007. She has been a member of the Texas Institute of Letters since 1994. Swartz grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts. She now lives in Houston with her husband, John Wilburn, and son, Sam.


The Fugitive

Stardom has caught up with Tommy Lee Jones—finally. But don’t expect him to act like he’s enjoying it.

Sex, Lies, and Audiotape

Is folksy, friendly Kenny Rogers an insatiable phone-sex addict? Three women from the Dallas-Fort Worth area say he is, and now the Houston-born singer is fighting to restore his good name.

Invasion of The Giant Purple Dinosaur

So what if Barney’s New Age niceness annoys some parents? His TV show is a hit with toddlers—and a financial bonanza for the Dallasites who brought him to life.

Shooting Stars

With wit and grit, Amarillo-born photographer Mark Seliger persuades reluctant celebrities to show their true selves.

The Price of Being Molly

Being the nation’s most famous interpreter of Texas politics sounds like fun. But for Molly Ivins, success has been no laughing matter.

River Oaks 77019

Two prominent families, one soapy feud. What could be better for a summer miniseries?

The Man Who Knows Everything

Clyde Wilson is more than a private investigator. He’s the historian of Houston’s dark side—and that makes him the most dangerous man in town.

Judge Roy Scream vs. The Texas Cyclone

How to beat the heat, find the food, and master the coasters at Texas’ four big theme parks.

Love and Hate at Texas A&M

A report from the front lines in the battle of the sexes—inside the Aggie corps.

Murder in the Melting Pot

Some Vietnamese immigrants live the American dream. But for the family of Vu Dinh Chung, the dream turned into a fatal nightmare.

Blood in the Streets

Blood in the Streets. Houstonians and homicide detectives struggle to cope with a deadly crime wave.

The Cheerleader Murder Plot

To understand Wanda Holloway’s dark and desperate story, you have to start with where she came from.

The Ornish Treatment

His unconventional regimen-and his media savvy-have made him the latest of the Texas celebrity heart doctors.

“I’m Not a Bad Girl. I Just Do Bad Things”

Kristin Bauman, the 21-year-old with a $1.2 million trust fund, learned early on that notoriety is far more seductive than propriety.

Meet the Governor: Ann Richards

Revealing profiles of Ann Richards and Clayton Williams raise the question: How about none of the above?