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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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  • Gov. Herbert discusses whether or not state prison should be relocated

    DRAPER, Utah — The Utah State Prison will be rebuilt, but will it move? State lawmakers heard Governor Gary Herbert voice his doubts for the first time in his monthly news conference held at the University of Utah’s Dolores Dore Eccles Broadcast Center. “I have said if there is a better place to relocate the prison than Draper, let’s move it,” Herbert said. “If we cannot find a better place than Draper then we need to reconsider keeping it in […]

  • What would it take for Utah to spend as much on education as the national average?

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  • Unusually high temperatures, low snow pack could spell trouble for Utah’s water needs

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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.

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

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

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