Matt Rota

Matt Rota is an illustrator living and working in Brooklyn. He's an Instructor at the the School of Visual Arts in NY and The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Stories By Matt Rota

The True-Crime “Podcast Junkie” Turned Real-Life Murder Suspect

Is Steve Pankey a cold-blooded killer who got away with murder for decades, or just a true-crime obsessive craving attention?

The Teenage Prank That’s Lasted 60 Years

I was a bored high schooler when I made up a harmless story about the creature from the sandpits. Decades later, its legend still haunts our small Southern town.

The Expat English Teachers’ Murderous Triangle

They seemed like fun-loving foreigners living it up in Taiwan. But below the surface was a gruesome story.

This One-Eyed, Insult-Spewing Senator Was the Donald Trump of the 1890s

How a fiery farmer known as “Pitchfork Ben” ravaged his own party, galvanizing angry voters with racist rhetoric — before it all came crashing down.

The Drab Ukrainian Office Block That Birthed a Revolution

Two years ago today, the headquarters of Ukraine’s uprising went up in flames while protestors were shot in the streets.