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 — Actor and Comedian Jon Lovitz is spending the weekend in Utah performing at Wise Guys Live Comedy. Lovitz is most famous for his roles on Saturday Night Live. His character, the pathological liar, had a generation of people saying “That’s the ticket” as they told crazy stories with themselves at the center. And his characters like the master thespian had them shout “Acting!” after doing something overly dramatic. Since his time on the iconic late-night show, […]

  • USU professor sued by former student alleging sexual assault

    LOGAN, Utah — Utah State University’s piano program has faced months of troubling revelations, with former students sharing their stories of mistreatment, sexual harassment, and in one case sexual assault. The allegation of assault came into more distinct focus today as our partners at the Salt Lake Tribune reported on a lawsuit filed by former student Jaime Caliendo against her former teacher, Dennis Hirst, who remains employed as a professor. We spoke with Tribune Reporter Erin Alberty. See that conversation […]

  • New SLCC Center offers training for high paying skilled jobs

    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake Community College officially opened a campus near Salt Lake City International Airport meant to train the skilled workers Utah’s corporations have been begging for as they expand operations. In fact, the Westpointe Workforce Training and Education Center has been home to 450 students since the college school year began, said SLCC President Deneece Huftalin. “When I became president, the first thing I heard from our industry partners is we need more skilled workers,” Huftalin […]

  • The tax tiff truth test in Love’s and McAdams’ District 4 ads

    SALT LAKE COUNTY — In ads airing regularly on Utah television, Representative Mia Love’s campaign says Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams “repeatedly supported higher taxes.” The ad¬†cites six¬†articles from Utah Newspapers and from Fox 13 to back up the point. So what do those articles say? The Oct. 31, 2014 article from the Deseret News and the June 27, 2014 article from Fox 13 show McAdams asking residents to vote in favor of renewing the Zoo, Arts and Parks […]

  • Jazz National Anthem Auditions bring out a lot of gutsy, talented Utahns

    The national anthem is poetic, inspiring, majestic, and darn near impossible to sing for the average mortal, so management of the Utah Jazz know they’re asking a lot when they invite the public to audition to sing the anthem in front of eighteen thousand people at Vivint Smart Home Arena. “It’s hard. I have great respect for them to stand up at the microphone and sing this song,” said Frank Zang, spokesman for the Jazz. Still, Frank and the other […]

  • After Operation Rio Grande, other jurisdictions are left with ongoing cleanups

    SOUTH SALT LAKE – The city of South Salt Lake feels like it’s inherited many of the problems of homelessness that Operation Rio Grande pushed out of Salt Lake City’s downtown. Operation Rio Grande is the cooperative effort between state, county and city leaders aiming to clean up crime and vagrancy in the Pioneer Park/Rio Grande area of Salt Lake City. “We’ve seen a huge increase of illegal encampments since the onset of Operation Rio Grande,” said Chief Jack Carruth […]

  • Financial worries have got Utahns down, new quality of life study reports

    SALT LAKE CITY — Despite a strong economy, Utahns are feeling more negative about the quality of life in the Beehive State than they have for several years, according to a new research study just released by the Utah Foundation. The Foundation surveyed 800 Utahns, asking about 20 factors related to community satisfaction and seven related to personal satisfaction. The Utah Foundation used the survey to create a Quality of Life Index graded on a scale of 1 to 100. […]

  • Love Campaign admits finance mistake as election heats up; Fox 13’s Max Roth breaks down campaign finances

    SALT LAKE COUNTY — The Mia Love campaign says they made an honest mistake that is being blown out of proportion as part of a national effort to turn the house blue, but they face the possibility of losing a lot of campaign money after getting a letter from the Federal Election Commission. At issue: campaign fundraising earmarked for the 2018 primary election on June 26th. What primary election? You may ask. That’s the problem. Candidates who face no opposition […]

  • Truth Test: Anti-Proposition 2 Radio Ad

    SALT LAKE CITY — A radio advertisement opposing the Medical Cannabis initiative in Utah has sparked outrage among proponents of the measure and has led to complaints to radio stations and to the state elections office. The ad reads: “An important message about Proposition 2.” “This is Dr. Bill Hamilton. Utah voters are being asked to consider Proposition 2. What proponents claim is medical marijuana. Prop 2 is actually about recreational use, not medical. Medicinal marijuana is already legal in […]

  • Utah’s Hatch and Lee sit on committee judging Kavanaugh

    WASHINGTON — Utah has an outsized influence on the Senate Judiciary Committee with both senators sitting on the hearings to advise and consent on the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee are allies in their support of the conservative jurist, though their styles are distinct. Hatch is combative and talks with Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, as a peer, suggesting how he should handle the hearings. “Mr. […]

  • Warren Jeffs’ second wife returns home 14 years after death

    ELDORADO, Texas — Barbara Ann Barlow Jeffs died fourteen years ago, and she returned home from the YFZ Ranch in Eldorado, Texas last week. She was the second wife of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, and cancer took her life when she was just 39 years old. Now that the state of Texas owns the land, they wanted to exhume and move the bodies to make the property more sellable, allowing Barbara Jeffs’ daughter Rachel to arrange for her mother to […]

  • Max Facts: What’s your faith type? The Pew Research Center has an idea

    SALT LAKE CITY — You should watch my story because I spent all day with only a calculator and PowerPoint to keep me company, but before that, how about going here to see what your religious “type” is. Pew has a good breakdown of their study. What I did was adjust all of the percentages of the four biggest religious groups in Utah, Mormons, Catholics, Evangelicals, and Unaffiliated. Utah’s largest faith community, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, […]