Max grew up on the move, first living in Hawaii, then California, and then Arizona, where he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a dual degree in broadcast journalism and history.
He has accrued valuable experience from a broad range of media outlets, starting with his university’s television news station, UATV.
In his three years with the station, he reported, anchored and eventually took on the executive position of News Director.
At the same time, he interned with the local ABC affiliate in Tucson, KGUN9, and wrote for the editorial section of his university’s newspaper.
Additionally, he completed a research and writing internship with the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center, during which he wrote the initial draft of its annual publication, the Arroyo.
He also documented the lives of refugees for Iskashitaa Refugee Network, a grassroots refugee resettlement organization based in Tucson.
After his college career, Max decided to build upon his foundation as a journalist by accepting an offer as a general assignment reporter at his hometown’s newspaper, The Daily Courier (circulation: 18,019, Sunday 19,782). He spent 5 years at the paper, first covering business, college and weekend news, and then graduating to crime, courts and fire coverage.
Max has pursued many opportunities to travel abroad either for non-profit work or cultural exploration.
His travels have taken him to Ghana, Israel, Western Europe and Southeast Asia.
In all four cases, he took extensive video footage and coordinated interviews with locals, which he used to produce international stories for U.S. news outlets.
Such cultural experiences have broadened his perspective of the world and the people who live within it. He believes such contact has enhanced his versatility as a multi-media journalist and life enthusiast.