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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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  • Utah sees great turnout for annual Great Shakeout

    SALT LAKE CITY — Quick: try to think of one event that doesn’t rhyme with “Birch Fonference” that includes nearly a million Utahns in one event at one time. About 946,000 Utahns signed up in one form or another to participate in the Great Utah Shakeout. They included elementary schools, state offices, businesses, and a group of high-level emergency coordinators at the Emergency Operations Center in the State Capitol complex. Jona Whitesides directs the state Preparedness Bureau, and he said […]

  • Senator Mike Lee’s ideas in presidential limelight

    SALT LAKE CITY — It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. That old adage about finding new opportunities may be taking on new meaning for Utah Senator Mike Lee. The New York Times has called Lee the “idea man” behind a group of young reformers in the Senate. Lee likes to dig into the nitty-gritty of policy and law, and that doesn’t always translate to big crowds and hordes of media. But Lee has the ear of at […]

  • Hatch talks on Iran, Rand Paul, and being 3rd in line of presidential succession

    Sen. Orrin Hatch thinks President Obama is too trusting of Iran, but he’s willing to hold judgment on a nuclear deal until he sees the details in July. That’s what the senior Republican in the U.S. Senater said in an interview on Fox 13’s Live@4. Hatch also said his senate colleagues who are presidential candidates, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, would be, “better than what we have now,” but Hatch thinks the Republican nominee for President should be a governor. […]

  • ‘Pediatricians don’t read the science;’ Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says autism linked to mercury in vaccines

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. stepped out from under his famous father’s shadow as an activist for environmental causes, with much of the scientific community standing with him. Now he’s taken on a cause that puts him at odds with the scientific and medical establishment. “Pediatricians don’t read the science,” said Kennedy when asked why the vast majority of doctors say his view is incorrect. Kennedy was in studio Monday talking about what he believes is a link between Thimerosol, a […]

  • Not counting bills, how much do you spend daily? Utahns guess the national spending average

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Gallup organization says Americans spend, on average, $86 a day, not counting mortgage or rent, utilities, car payments or other monthly bills. “Holy crap! That’s a lot of money,” said Autumn Anderson when told of the numbers. Anderson guessed the average American would spend about $30. Gallup breaks down the numbers between those earning $90,000 or more each year and those making less than $90,000. Americans in the higher income bracket spent $144 per day […]

  • ‘Star Wars’ inspires science: U of U researcher says planets with two suns may be widespread

    SALT LAKE CITY – A planet from the “Star Wars” movies featured a visually striking sunset thanks to the presence of two suns, and now science fiction has inspired scientists to discover more about how planets are formed and theorize that planets orbiting two stars may actually be widespread in our galaxy. Tatooine is the home of Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars”, and the desert planet is famous for its twin sunsets—shown in a scene early on into Episode IV. […]

  • Utah leaders have fun tweeting Presidential visit

    When President Barack Obama visited Utah, he held no events open to the general public–but some politicians and visitors staying at the downtown Sheraton were able to meet him briefly. FOX 13 News’ Max Roth looked at the Twitter feeds of a couple of Utah leaders who got the golden ticket to have a few seconds with the Commander-in-Chief, check out the video above for details.

  • Rep. Stewart: Iran deal misguided, White House ignored his office regarding Pres. Obama’s Utah trip

    SALT LAKE CITY — Congressman Chris Stewart, reprsenting Utah’s Second District, thinks the negotiated nuclear framework agreement with Iran is misguided. Stewart also said his office did not get any notification or invitation from the White House when President Obama spent the night in his congressional district, and Stewart addressed both issues Friday in an interview with Max Roth on FOX 13 News Live at 4 p.m. See the video above for Stewart’s comments on the issues.

  • President Obama arriving in Utah tonight for Hill Air Force Base visit

    SALT LAKE CITY – Secret Service agents are prepping the Sheraton on 500 S. in Salt Lake City before the president’s visit, and President Barack Obama is set to speak at Hill Air Force Base Friday morning. While the agents and the hotel did not confirm the president would stay at the site just off of I-15, the Secret Service asked FOX 13 News not to show their preparations. Fox 13 complied with the request.  The White House has only unveiled […]

  • New report from research group suggests stricter driving rules

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Foundation, an influential public policy research group, will publish a report suggesting a range of changes to the rules of the road in Utah, with just about each one making someone angry. The report, titled “Utah in the Fast Lane” looks at seat belt use, helmet laws, teen driving restrictions, drunk driving and driving while distracted by an electronic device. It’s in that last category the report may raise the most eyebrows. “Talking on a […]

  • BYU students’ research into nanocrystals could lead to better solar panels

    PROVO, Utah — Chemistry and physics students at Brigham Young University have discovered a way to harvest more energy from sunlight, and the method employs tiny items called nanocrystals. Trevor Smith is a graduate student at BYU, and he said their work could mean better solar panel efficiency in the future through the use of a unique tool. “The basis of my project is we take proteins, which are not normally considered as a material, and use them to create […]

  • Love Utah, Give Utah raises more than $1.2 million in one day for local non-profits and schools

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utahns raised $1.2 million for a variety of charities Thursday as part of an annual day of giving called “Love Utah, Give Utah.” This year marks the third year of the event, and the online fundraising push brings in money for non-profit organizations and schools across the state. The total raised on Thursday was $1,231,521 and the Humane Society of Utah had the most donors, bringing in $24,964 spread over 871 donors. Another animal group, Best […]


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