Texas Monthly has chosen author, journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dan Goodgame to captain the magazine that has helped to define the state's culture since 1973.

Paul Hobby, member of a longtime Texas media and politics family, purchased the magazine for $25 million in 2016 through his Genesis Park LP private equity firm.

Hobby named Tim Taliaferro, former editor of Alcalde, the Texas Exes magazine, as editor in chief, with a special emphasis on expanding Texas Monthly's digital reach. Taliaferro made some public missteps and was moved to the position of chief innovation officer in May 2018.

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Media veteran Rich Oppel, former editor of the American-Statesman and originally tapped as a Texas Monthly ombudsman, was named interim editor in chief. Goodgame replaces Oppel on Jan. 28.

"I've been a fan of Texas Monthly for 30 years and am honored to join this talented team at a time when quality journalism faces great challenges and opportunities,” Goodgame said in a statement.

Before the Texas Monthly gig, Goodgame served as vice president for executive communications at Rackspace, the San Antonio-based cloud computing company. Prior to that, he was editor in chief of Fortune Small Business magazine and FSB.com.

During two decades at Time magazine, he filled the roles of White House correspondent, Washington bureau chief and assistant managing editor. Before that, he worked for the Miami Herald and the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain, part of that time as a foreign correspondent, as well as for the Tampa Tribune as night police reporter.

"Danny is a proven editor, a decorated journalist, and an honest to goodness Rhodes scholar," Hobby said in a statement. "More importantly, he is a gentleman with a curious mind and poetry in his soul. This is a wonderful milestone in the history of Texas Monthly."