Rob D'Amico

Investigative Journalist / Writer / Storyteller

I learned a long time ago that reality was
much weirder than anyone's imagination."
- Hunter S. Thompson

My Work

An investigative serial podcast for Texas Monthly: Shane and Sally

On July 4, 1988, 16-year-old Shane Stewart and 18-year-old Sally McNelly went out for the night in the West Texas town of San Angelo. They watched the fireworks, stopped for burgers, and drove to the lake outside of town. They were never seen alive again. Reporters Karen Jacobs and Rob D’Amico pick up the cold case of two murders that have haunted their family, their friends, and generations of investigators.

A Victim’s Father in an Infamous Cold Case Yearns to Know More — Who Killed My Son?

Recent work:

Preschool Funding Loophole has Tax Dollars Going to Religious Schools. Who Benefits? (Austin Chronicle, October 27, 2023)

Witnessed: Borderlands Podcast

The true story of a sheriff in Marfa, Texas, who joined with a rogue outlaw to smuggle tons of cocaine into far West Texas.

Criminal Justice

Investigations and prosecutions of homicides involving alleged domestic violence are uneven across Texas.

News / Texas History

Inside the arguments, lawsuit, and angry outbursts that are dividing a key authority on historical matters.

Border & Immigration

Two brothers arrested in connection with the shooting of migrants face scrutiny in a small Texas town.

News / Arts

Marfa Invitational has suffered IRS troubles and board member shuffling, but founder Michael Phelan is counting Sleeping Figure a victory.

Criminal Justice

Many poor Texans are being short-changed on their right to be represented by a defense attorney in cases with potentially life-changing consequences.


A Marfa man is waging war against the Texas distillers claiming the right to make sotol outside of its ancestral home.

Rob D'Amico article Austin Chronicle The Bicycle Thief
One of my favorites

A cocky bike racer in Austin, Texas, betrays friends and lovers to steal their high-end bikes...but a local agitator puts the police on his trail.


Acclaimed for his research on the Big Bend region and the Porvenir Massacre, David Keller was suddenly marched out of Sul Ross State University in December.

Border Stories

Available for covering all issues involving the U.S./Mexico border…from the Lower Rio Grande Valley, to Far West Texas and beyond.