Max is a proud Ogden boy, graduate of Uintah Elementary School, South Ogden Junior High and Bonneville High School.

He then packed up his Subaru and journeyed to the big city to study all kinds of random stuff at the University of Utah.

Random stuff became Max’s specialty, meandering to a history degree and then into a two-year stint as a VISTA helping set up the Emma Lou Thayne Community Service Center at Salt Lake Community College.

Turns out Graduate School in random stuff is called Seminary, where you spend three years learning more history, psychology, theology and no-longer-spoken languages.

The real disappointment, a Master of Divinity did not qualify Max to make a fluffy white vanilla-pecan confection.

But from great disappointment comes revelation: there’s a job in random stuff and it’s called journalism!

And so Max’s meandering path led to the University of Southern California Annenberg School, and on to Palm Springs and home to Utah.

Of course, love leads from randomness to specificity, and Max loves politics. He’s not ashamed to admit he was a David Brinkley fan when it WASN’T cool (you band-wagoners know who you are!)

When Max found a woman who actually had fun on a first date at the Utah State Legislature hearing the “State of the Judiciary” address, he knew he’d found the one.

That was in 1994. Natalie still tolerates him to this day, and his two sons have no choice.

Recent Articles
  • Utah more skeptical of global warming than most other states

    SALT LAKE CITY — Seventy percent of Americans say global warming is happening, and 63 percent of Utahns agree, according to a series of maps published by Yale University’s Program on Climate Change Communication. Both numbers show significant majorities, but the numbers shrink when the question is about human activities playing a role in the phenomenon. Fifty-three percent of Americans believe humans are the primary contributors to global warming, while just 43 percent of Utahns agree, making Utah the second […]

  • Utah’s population tops 3 million for first time, Census Bureau reports

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is growing fast. The population rose 10.4 percent from 2010 to 2016. For the first time, the census estimate for Utah has topped 3 million residents, with the annual American Community Survey estimating the total population at 3,051,217. Census staff took special note of the number of cities in Utah on the list of the 20 fastest growing metropolitan areas. “When we look at the top 20 fastest growing metro areas in the country, we […]

  • A citizenship celebration: 127 new Americans take oath at State Capitol

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s population of American citizens spiked by 127 Wednesday morning. A total of 127 people from 43 countries took the oath of citizenship in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building. Sonia deGriselles has been in the country since she was a small child and her parents immigrated from Mexico. “When I was little I knew I was different going to high school, knowing that I was limited,” deGriselles said. “It was hard but I feel […]

  • Utah’s Hatch and Lee question Supreme Court Nominee

    SALT LAKE CITY — Judge Neil Gorsuch spent a long day on Capitol Hill facing questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee in his quest to take a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Among his questioners: both of Utah’s U.S. Senators, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee. With 40 years on the committee, Hatch was the second Republican to ask questions after Committee Chair Charles Grassley of Ohio, and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein of California. Hatch lobbed softballs and Gorsuch played […]

  • Rep. Stewart hopes FBI ‘Cracks leakers on the head’

    SALT LAKE CITY — The House Intelligence Committee got big news from FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers today, including confirmation of a broad investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. Presidential Election and possible ties between the Trump Campaign and Russia. Utah Republican Congressman Chris Stewart sits on the Committee, was skeptical of the intelligence assessment that the Russians favored Trump over his rival, Hillary Clinton. Stewart said he felt the most logical […]

  • President Trump proposes slashing after school, anti-poverty programs

    SALT LAKE CITY — Among the programs President Donald Trump’s new budget blueprint would slash is funding for after school programs for low income students throughout Utah. “I was devastated. How can you abandon the future of children in America?” said Margaret Peterson, Executive Director of the Community Education Partnership in West Valley City. Peterson’s agency runs after school programs in 19 schools in West Valley City, serving 5,000 students this year. “It would mean 5,000 kids this year would […]

  • Historic SLC neighborhoods get ‘Main Street America’ designation

    SALT LAKE CITY — State Street and the Granary District of Salt Lake City just gained hundreds of extra city planners and economic development directors. Salt Lake City got a “Main Street America” designation for the two neighborhoods, meaning they’ll get the benefit of planning help from a national organization that works with hundreds of cities. “It means we get to tap into a national network of commercial revitalization organizations,” said Lara Fritts, Salt Lake City Economic Development Director. In […]

  • City Creek Center turns 5, Main Street celebrates

    SALT LAKE CITY — Five years has changed a lot of downtown Salt Lake, notably the Eccles Theater and 111 Main Street High Rise, but nothing has changed the landscape as much as City Creek Center. The massive retail center stretching from State Street to West Temple, with a retractable roof, a creek running down the middle, and a number of high-end shops found nowhere else for hundreds of miles, City Creek Center has become the hub of downtown business. […]

  • SLCC Promise: Free tuition for low-income students

    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake Community College has made a promise to students from low-income families: if they qualify for a federal Pell grant, SLCC will pay the tuition and fees the grant doesn’t cover. “We’ll fill the gap between what you qualify for in Pell and what it costs to be a full-time student at Salt Lake Community College,” said Salt Lake Community College President Deneece Huftalin. College tuition at public colleges and Universities has increased by more […]

  • Students in Farmington learn about our legal system during ‘3 Little Pigs’ mock trial

    FARMINGTON, Utah — Students in Farmington recently got some hands-on experience with the criminal justice system in a fun setting. Fox 13 News’ Max Roth takes us to Farmington for the mock trial, where the big bad wolf and curly the pig got their day in court.

  • Robotics competition requires smarts, skills and a competitive spirit

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Forty eight high school teams converged on the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Friday to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The students take months to design, build and program robots. They also raise money for their projects. The results are high-tech machines able to gather materials and deliver them to the appropriate, and precise, locations in a race against time with other teams attempting to accomplish the same goals in the same […]

  • Utah to become first state to lower DUI level to .05

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature has passed a bill lowering the blood alcohol content level for DUI from .08 to .05. House Bill 155, sponsored by Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, passed the Senate on Wednesday night on a close 18-11 vote. Having previously passed the House, it now goes to Governor Gary Herbert for his signature or veto. The governor’s office told FOX 13 on Wednesday night he plans to sign the bill into law, making Utah’s […]