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It's official: Texas Monthly names new editor in chief

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Texas Monthly has named a new editor-in-chief. Texas Monthly/Facebook

Three months after being named interim editor in chief, Brian D. Sweany will take his permanent place on the masthead at Texas Monthly. Sweany, who took over for former editor Jake Silverstein in April, is only the fifth person to helm the stalwart publication.

"I am honored to be named the editor in chief of Texas Monthly, where I first fell in love with magazine journalism," Sweany said in a press release. "Our commitment to covering all aspects of life in Texas remains at the core of our mission, and the future holds exciting opportunities for us in the realms of digital journalism and live events."

A native Texan, Sweany has been with the Austin-based publication since 1996 when he joined the staff as an intern. Sweany grew up in Plano and received a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of North Texas and a master's degree in English literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Silverstein took to Twitter to congratulate Sweany — and share an interesting fact about his successor.

"Brian's knowledge of this state is rivaled only by his love for it," said Elynn J. Russell, president of Texas Monthly, in a press release. "This is a match made in heaven, or, as we call it, Texas."

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