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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.

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  • Prison relocation, Medicaid expansion the focus of Legislative Policy Summit

    SALT LAKE CITY — The upcoming legislative session in Utah will be chock-full of big debates over decisions that may have long-lasting effects, and some of those topics were up for discussion at a policy summit. FOX 13 News’ Max Roth attended the annual Legislative Policy Summit, where much of the focus of the discussions was on two topics: relocating the Utah State Prison and expanding Medicaid. See the video above for Max Roth’s full report.

  • Police shootings: de-escalating is always the goal, says Utah’s top trainer

    SALT LAKE CITY — The man in charge of Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training, or POST, says police shootings are traumatic for the suspect’s family and the officer involved. “I’m so blessed that I haven’t had to fire at someone, but I’ve had a lot of friends who have been involved in shootings and the aftermath is awful,” Stephenson said. POST training includes a 12-hour course in conflict resolution. “That talks about body language and proximity, some of the […]

  • U of U professor files document alleging sexual abuse, Prince Andrew among those named

    SALT LAKE CITY — A University of Utah law professor filed a document on Friday that accuses a member of the British royal family and one of the country’s most famous lawyers of involvement in sexual abuse. Professor Paul Cassell, also a retired federal judge, filed what is called a motion for joinder, asking for two new accusers to join a civil case he is pursuing against a billionaire in Florida named Jeffrey Epstein. The lawsuit alleges Epstein used teenage […]

  • Residents in Clearfield community upset over management’s response to flooding issues

    CLEARFIELD, Utah — A single mother and her three children spent 22 hours listening to water flood out of pipes under their home, and they’re just one of a number of similar cases in the community. There were several upset residents in the Sundown Mobile Home Community, including one woman who said her daughter’s water hasn’t worked for four days. Now, she said the foundation was flooded by a continuous stream of water that started Thursday afternoon and went on […]

  • Welcoming Utah’s New Year’s Day babies

    SALT LAKE CITY — Cambria Anderson and Gentrie Davis have a lot in common. They both were two weeks early, both have one older sister, both like to coo–and both were the first babies born in 2015 in their respective hospitals. Also, both have mothers who were ready to make a joke despite a long painful night in labor. “We were trying to get her before the tax break,” said Gentrie’s mom, Brikki Davis, talking about the tax deduction available […]

  • Hospitals see spike in flu cases compared to this time last year

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Flu season arrived early this year, and the latest statistics are showing a spike in the number of cases when compared to this time last year. The strain of the virus that is hitting hardest this year is influenza H3, which tends to pose the greatest risk to people aged 65 or older. Another issue is that the H3 strain mutated after this year’s flu shot was created, which makes it less effective against the […]

  • Governor’s budget proposal includes $500 million for Utah schools

    SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert wants to give schools a lot of money, and he’ll have a lot of support as he tries. The governor basked in the support of students at Granite Park Junior High School, where he held a press conference to announce his budget recommendations for the coming fiscal year. Still, the governor may have a fight on his hands anyway. The budget anticipates the state having an extra $638 million above the base budget […]

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    State considers banning wood burning from November 1 to March 15

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Air Quality will travel the Wasatch Front and beyond asking for public opinion before they decide if they will ban nearly all wood burning between November 1st and March 15th. The reason: wood burning emits particulate pollution at a far greater rate than equivalent amounts of energy expended in modern automobile engines, industrial plants and other contributors to the infamous annual inversion in Utah’s most populous Northern Valleys. “I’m really excited about […]

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    Utah organization brings Christmas cheer to the intellectually disabled

    SALT LAKE CITY — People with intellectual disabilities like autism and traumatic brain injuries are often overlooked during the holidays, especially as they get old enough that their parents are no longer caring for them. UAID organizes a holiday gift box giveaway every year, looking for donors and volunteers to make sure they get a gift on Christmas. Volunteers can pick up ornaments at their location at the old Mancuso’s religious gifts store on 1816 South State Street in Salt […]

  • Economists expecting higher holiday hiring numbers

    SALT LAKE CITY – If you are looking for extra money during the holidays, you don’t even have to wait for a real person to tell you they’re hiring. Target’s automated phone system tells you even before it tells you how to reach the pharmacy. “We’re now hiring. Stay on the line to speak to one of our team members for more details,” says a soothing female computer voice. Utah retailers, shippers and other employers are hiring more seasonal employees […]

  • Gun control groups ask Gov. Herbert to support campus restrictions

    SALT LAKE CITY — A collection of gun control supporters took a list of 20,000 signatures that were gathered online, most from outside of Utah, to Governor Gary Herbert’s office Friday. Their goal is to get the governor to support the right of public universities and colleges to keep guns out of meetings and assemblies. The inspiration for the petition came from Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist critic of video games who canceled a speech at Utah State University after receiving […]

  • Jonathan Johnson, Overstock.com board chair, discusses immigration reform ahead of President Barack Obama's address on the issue.

    Utah business leaders praise President Obama’s idea, criticize methods

    SALT LAKE CITY — Some of Utah’s biggest businesses will take advantage of one of President Barack Obama’s executive orders, even while many of the executives in those businesses disagree with the way the President changed immigration policy. They want highly skilled workers who would otherwise be sent out of the country. “Some days I only had three things to work on, visas, visas and visas,” said Coldwell Banker’s Lew Cramer of his attempts to hire qualified technical workers. A […]


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