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
  • Salt Lake City’s ‘Hobbitville’ no longer home to humans

    SALT LAKE CITY — Most Utahns have not heard of Allen Park. It’s seven acres of tiny, rustic homes on a private drive across the street from Westminster College. Those who have heard of it probably know it as “Hobbitville,” and they may be under the impression it is inhabited by creatures out of fantasy. Salt Lake Tribune reporter Taylor Stevens spent time in the unique neighborhood in the final days residents were allowed to stay. You can read her […]

  • 6 percent of of adults in Utah admit to using marijuana, according to new study

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new report by the Utah Department of Health finds that roughly six percent of adults in the state admit to using marijuana. The report, released Monday, said the majority of those use marijuana recreationally (42.3 percent). According to the report, another 30.8 percent used for both medical and non-medical reasons and another 26.9 percent used marijuana purely for medical reasons. “However, the reason for using marijuana varied distinctly for those who also reported chronic pain, […]

  • Huntsman family gives new 30 million dollar gift to namesake Cancer Institute

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Family of the late philanthropist Jon M Huntsman Sr. made something crystal clear in a morning announcement on Friday: They are as committed as ever to the Huntsman Cancer Institute and its missions of care and research. The Huntsmans announced a new gift of $30 million to allow the institute to double the size of their next phase of construction, called the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers. Karen Huntsman, […]

  • Shutdown impacts: from meatballs in Ogden to worldwide weather

    SALT LAKE CITY — The “partial” in the partial government shutdown makes it difficult to discern where impacts are happening, but the impacts are widespread. Some big picture data examples from the Pew Research Center: For example, financial analysts who help lenders and investors evaluate risk are not getting regularly scheduled data like home sales and construction. Farmers don’t have access to the national and international trends in crop demand and pricing. Local law enforcement and elected leaders don’t have […]

  • Utah’s craft brewers face a ‘crisis’ as federal shutdown prevents beer sales

    (KSTU) — The Utah Brewers Guild employ an estimated 5,000 Utahns full or part-time. Many of those jobs could go down the drain, according to an executive at Utah’s second largest brewery. “Locally and nationally, this is a crisis,” said Doug Hofeling, the Chief Operating Officer of Salt Lake Brewing Company,  which brews Squatters and Wasatch brand beers. Salt Lake Brewing has nine brews made and ready to distribute, but it has to sit in giant vats while they wait […]

  • Max Facts: The U.S. and Mexican border; how many people, drugs are crossing

    Here are the facts: The illegal immigrant population in the United States peaked at 12.2 million and declined to 10.7 million by 2016, according to the Pew Research Center. 66 percent of illegal immigrants in the U.S. have been here longer than 10 years. 18 percent have been here less than 5 years, also according to Pew. From 2008 to 2015 1.1 million illegal immigrants “entered without permission” (EWI) which means crossing the land border without permission. 2 million illegal […]

  • Retirement saving rules change in 2019, prompting more Americans to save

    (KSTU) — If you don’t control your finances, they’ll control you. That’s the message from financial planners as 2019 begins, with new tax laws making it easier to save for retirement. The tax reform passed last year allows workers to save up to $19,000 a year if they’re under fifty and $25,000 a year if they’re fifty or older. Gary Gygi of Gygi Capital Management says workers should set a goal to save fifteen percent of their income for retirement, […]

  • Utah Clean Air Partnership says it’s ‘Easy to be Epic’

    SALT LAKE CITY — We knew the day would come. The inversion trapping unhealthy air in the valleys of the Wasatch Front. Friday was that day, with particulate pollution climbing into the orange category. That means unhealthy for sensitive groups. The Utah Clean Air Partnership unveiled a new advertising campaign to fight the pollution. The idea behind it is that it’s “Easy to be epic.” Here’s a link to the Public Service Announcement in its entirety.  

  • Two new members of Utah’s D.C. delegation sworn in today, but one is getting all the attention

    (KSTU) — Mitt Romney and Ben McAdams, two men known in Utah as chief executives are now officially in positions where they share power in giant groups. The former Salt Lake County Mayor is now a Democratic Congressman from Utah’s 4th District. He was sworn in along with his 434 colleagues in the House of Representatives on Thursday morning, and he promptly voted against the woman who now leads his party in the House. McAdams voted against California Congresswoman Nancy […]

  • Romney challenges Trump and D.C. pays attention

    (KSTU) — With a government shutdown and a new party taking over the House of Representatives, it would be nearly impossible for any newly elected official to get attention in Washington D.C. — unless they’re Mitt Romney. “There’s not that many freshmen Senators that would get this much attention for an opinion piece,” said Morgan Lyon Cotti, Associate Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Utah’s Senator-Elect penned an op-ed in the Washington Post that […]

  • Polar Plunge in Stansbury Park drops temperatures, raises funds for charitable cause

    It’s already pretty frigid this week, but some Utahns took things to the next level of chill with a polar plunge for a good cause. Dozens gathered in Stansbury Park for the polar plunge, where outside temperatures were in the teens or low 20s Tuesday. Fox 13 was there for the fun, and we bleeped the footage when necessary as participants reacted to the sudden temperature shift. Sponsors say the funds raised by the event will help provide food, clothes […]

  • Northern Utah snow pack is average, and that’s good news

    (KSTU) — Average never sounded like such great news, but that’s exactly what Utah is seeing with current snowpack levels. Fox 13 checked in with the hydrologist responsible for tracking the snow in Utah mountains. Troy Brosten works with the National Resources Conservation Service in Utah. He says at this point in the season, Northern Utah mountains are at their historic average level for snow. “Our snow pack is really double what it was last year, but last year was […]