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
  • Busiest weekend of year coming up for many national, state parks

    SPRINGDALE, Utah — If you want a place to wait in line with 86,000 or more people this weekend, look no further than Zion National Park. Memorial Day weekend is the busiest at Utah’s busiest park. And Zion isn’t alone. Arches and Canyonlands also reported that Memorial Day is their busiest weekend of the year. We caught up with tourists who grabbed the last available campsite for tonight, and they said they’ll be getting up early to hike. “We’re hoping […]

  • BLM seeks information on sacred Paiute mesa vandals, offers reward

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — Authorities are asking for help identifying whoever vandalized a mountain considered sacred by the Paiute tribe. The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction for the person(s) who painted “Dog Town” on a mesa near St. George called Shinob Kibe, which means “Great Spirit Mountain” in the Paiute language. The Washington County Historical Society says the Paiute used it as a refuge from other tribes, and they […]

  • What and Why with Max Roth Podcast: Grateful: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks with Diana Butler Bass

    Does gratitude ever feel like a burden? It does to me. I think I should just naturally feel grateful, but I don’t. In this weeks episode, bestselling author and historian Diana Butler Bass takes us on her journey to learn about gratitude at a time she didn’t feel all that grateful herself. It’s a worthwhile and fun journey. Her insight helped me and I hope it helps you too! Listen to “What and Why with Max Roth” on these platforms: […]

  • New Hogle Zoo art exhibit delights visitors while showing the dangers of pollution

    SALT LAKE CITY — From May 24 to September 30, Utah’s Hogle Zoo will host an art exhibit unlike any other. Visitors will see 15 giant sculptures scattered around the zoo representing beloved and sometimes feared animals, from penguins to sharks. But it’s the stuff those animals are made of: human creations of plastic and rubber and metal that make “Washed Ashore” more than an exhibit. They come with a message: those materials we toss out are threatening the animals […]

  • McAdams votes for LGBTQ Equality Act, Utah’s other reps vote against

    SALT LAKE CITY — Every member of Utah’s delegation in the House of Representatives said they support rights for members of the LGBTQ community, but just one of the four voted for the Equality Act that passed on Friday. Fourth District Representative Ben McAdams, a Democrat, co-sponsored the legislation, saying it affords the same protections to LGBTQ Americans identical to other civil rights without placing any restrictions on religious practice. Utah’s Republican representatives are concerned the bill doesn’t provide an […]

  • Police seek trio who took cash, vapor products in armed robbery at West Bountiful 7-Eleven

    WEST BOUNTIFUL, Utah — Three armed robbers terrorized a 7-Eleven Clerk in West Bountiful, holding him at gunpoint as they stole vape supplies and cash. But police believe the excellent quality of surveillance video may lead to their capture. The three men covered themselves head to toe, but the video still reveals what may be telling clues. Most notably, the robber holding a pistol to the store clerk throughout the crime hopped on one foot, seemingly unable to put any […]

  • Utah businesses and consumers will feel the pinch of tariffs

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah businesses are already feeling some of the effects of the back-and-forth tariffs that constitute the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. Miles Hansen tracks Utah’s international business trends as President and CEO of World Trade Center Utah. “We see several Utah companies have seen their stocks decrease significantly just in the past few days,” Hansen said. Hansen says about 6,000 Utahns have jobs depending on exports to China, most notably in agriculture, where […]

  • Living Traditions, other festivals banning sale of single-use plastic water bottles

    SALT LAKE CITY — Organizers of several of Salt Lake City’s big summer festivals are banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles, asking the public to bring their own or to buy a reusable bottle on-site for four dollars. The push starts this week with the summer’s first big festival: Living Traditions, Friday through Sunday. Megan Risbon, the Salt Lake City Arts Council events production manager, said they are trying to make a dent in a massive global problem. […]

  • Granite schools to offer employees a free health clinic

    SALT LAKE CITY — Granite School District is about to be the first district in Utah to offer employees a health clinic with a full range of preventative, wellness, and urgent care — free of charge. District spokesman Ben Horsley said the service will make Granite stand out to its current and potential employees. “We think this makes us a destination district,” he said. The new clinic is on the grounds of Valley Jr. High at 4195 S. 3200 West. […]

  • Average mother’s education, age, time spent with kids have increased over the years

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new study is shedding light on what it means to be a mother in America today and how motherhood has changed over the years. The population of mothers in the United States actually spend more time with their kids now than they did in 1965. They’ve also become more educated and older when they have their first child. In 1994, a lot more 24-29-year-old women had given birth. But by age 44, a higher percentage […]

  • Max Facts: Moms feeling frazzled have a great excuse

    If you are a mom, and you feel frazzled, you have every reason to feel that way. That’s an easy conclusion from a study the Pew Center just updated for the Mother’s Day weekend. Pew looked at numbers from 1965 and 2016 and on average they found mothers in 1965 did nine hours of paid work, 32 hours of housework and 10 hours of childcare per week. In 2016 those numbers were 25 hours of paid work, 18 hours of […]

  • Max Facts: The 19th century’s greatest engineering feat owed to despised and mistreated workers

    The Golden Spike was pounded home by Leland Stanford, former Governor of California, and alternately described as a captain of industry and a robber baron. Stanford showed the business know-how needed to capitalize on the federal drive for tracks spanning the continent, but most spikes not made of gold were driven by Chinese workers who made less money and were treated more poorly than their white counterparts. In fact, before he needed them to work on the project that cemented […]

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