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
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    SALT LAKE CITY — While Senate Republicans struggle to come up with an health care plan acceptable to the moderates and conservatives in their caucus, Utah advocates for the Affordable Care Act are not relaxing their efforts. Supporters of Medicaid and the protections of Obamacare posted flags on the lawn in front of the Wallace Bennett Federal Building in downtown Salt Lake City. In between the flags, they posted small placards printed with stories of Utahns who have received medical […]

  • Great Salt Lake levels threaten birds, are people next?

    GREAT SALT LAKE, Utah — Eared Grebes, Wilson Phalaropes, American Avocets, Black-necked Stilts, Snowy Plovers, White Pelicans and White-faced Ibis. Those are just a few of bird species that rely on the Great Salt Lake as a nesting habitat or staging area for a significant portion of their worldwide population. It’s one of the reasons the National Audubon Society has hired Marcelle Shoop to direct the Saline Lakes Project, which is looking at maintaining and improving habitat provided by salt […]

  • Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano about to blow? Probably not, experts say

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park has been hit by a swarm of more than 1,200 earthquakes since June 12. Researchers at the University of Utah are watching the swarm with interest, but they’re not worried. Jamie Farrell, Research Professor of Seismology at the University of Utah, says this is a large swarm, but adds the activity is otherwise pretty normal for the volcanic area. “We get a lot of calls as to whether people […]

  • Senator Mike Lee has no regrets about decision to oppose GOP health plan

    WASHINGTON — Utah Senator Mike Lee effectively stopped Republican efforts to pass an Obamacare replacement in the coming weeks with a Tweet on Monday night. The tweet reading: “My colleague, [Kansas Senator] @JerryMoran and I will not support the MTP [motion to proceed] to this version of the BRCA [Better Care Reconciliation Act.] Lee has been upfront about his reluctance to support the plan, and had no qualms about his decision in a conversation with Fox 13. “In every conversation with […]

  • UTA report shows efficient operation, low ridership

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –The Utah Transit Authority is seeing a decline in ridership even as they keep their costs down, according to their 2016 annual report. “We’re very efficient.  When you look at the numbers you’ll see we’re doing better than many transit agencies,” said UTA’s Vice President of finance, Bob Biles. Those better results come in the agency’s operating expenses broken down per mile and per hour.  By those measures, UTA spends less than most agencies in all […]

  • New project aims to fight threat from a dry Great Salt Lake

    GREAT SALT LAKE, Utah — One of the world’s oldest and largest conservation organizations has decided to invest millions of dollars into a new program located in Salt Lake City with the mission to study and protect salt water lakes around the West, including the Great Salt Lake. “There’s no place on Earth like the Great Salt Lake ecosystem; it’s unique,” said Deborah Drain, Conservation Chair with Great Salt Lake Audubon. The National Audubon Society’s new Saline Lakes Program aims […]

  • While Senators grill potential FBI chief on Russia, Hatch asks about cell phones and DNA

    WASHINGTON D.C. — Utah’s Senior Senator bucked the trend at Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee for FBI Director. Just about every Senator who asked questions of Christopher Wray focused on some aspect of the controversy swirling around Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election in the wake of revelations that Donald Trump Jr. accepted an interview with a Russian national he believed was offering information from the Russian Government. Utah’s Orrin Hatch was the exception. Hatch has made […]

  • Fireworks, ozone lead to worsening summer air problem in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Up and down the Wasatch Front, air monitoring machines noted the same thing at the same time: a spike in particulate pollution between 10 p.m. and Midnight on July 4. It’s not hard to understand why, especially if you live in an area where neighbors on all sides set off fireworks that night. “We’re seeing higher and higher levels of particulate pollution across the valley, especially surrounding the 4th of July,” said Ashley Soltysiak, Policy Director […]

  • Hatch tours new crime lab, touts rapid DNA bill

    SALT LAKE CITY — Senator Orrin Hatch toured a new addition to the Utah Department of Public Safety Crime Lab on Thursday, learning about improvements to forensics and pushing for passage of his Rapid DNA Act. “Utah is setting a standard that I think a lot of other states would do well to follow,” Hatch said. Rapid DNA is already used in some police departments around the country. It involves inserting a high quality sample into a machine, which then […]

  • New Amazon center means jobs, same-day delivery for Salt Lake City

    SALT LAKE CITY — Amazon made it official Wednesday, releasing the news that they plan on building a giant fulfillment center in Salt Lake City. The 855,000 square foot facility will sit in the city’s northwest quadrant, a largely unoccupied stretch of land west of Salt Lake City International Airport. “This is a spectacular day for Salt Lake City,” said Mayor Jackie Biskupski. The Mayor and her Economic Development Director, Lara Fritts, have been in talks with Amazon since December […]

  • A look at the small celebrations on July 4th

    SALT LAKE CITY – Independence Day is marked by giant events marked by music, fireworks, and celebrity appearances in stadiums and amphitheaters around the country, but far more people celebrate in thousands of small gatherings in parks and backyards. With that in mind, Fox 13’s Max Roth went to Liberty Park and talked with people who were celebrating in their own way with the important people in their lives.

  • New Utah State Fairpark stadium just in time for Days of ’47 Rodeo

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah State Fairpark now has a stadium big enough to draw some of the biggest stars of the most Western sport of all. The new Fairpark stadium is ready to host the Days of ’47 Rodeo later in July. The stadium seats over 10 thousand people with room for the livestock and soil specially prepared for the rodeo. It took 17 million dollars to build. $13 million came from the State of Utah and Salt […]