Connect with Max
When did you start working here? May 2013
Where else have you worked? I was the senior web producer for the E.W. Scripps-owned station WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida. I worked there for two years before moving to Cincinnati to join the WCPO team.
Where did you go to college? I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the State University of New York in New Paltz.
What are you most proud of when it comes to your work? Providing the public with great journalism and being a part of the news gathering process has always been a passion of mine. I was the managing editor of my college's newspaper, The New Paltz Oracle. I also created my college newspaper's website, which later earned me two Society of Professional Journalists "Mark of Excellence" Awards -- one for best college newspaper website in my region and another as a finalist for best college newspaper website in the country. While working at WPTV in 2012, my web team co-workers and I received the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters first place award for best website.
What are you most proud of in your own life? I'm proud that I have a good job -- one that I love and hope to grow in. If I do this job right, I'm providing the community with something useful that can help make a difference and bring on positive change -- and if I can do that, I'm one happy web guy.
What do you love about living in the Tri-State? I'm from New York, so the Tri-State is a very new place for me. I'm a foodie, so I love exploring all the great restaurants and hidden spots to find good eats. I love the seasons, which is something I didn't get during my time in Florida, and I know I'll have plenty of in the Midwest. I also find it fascinating that I can do my groceries in Kentucky, go for a run in Indiana and eat lunch in Ohio all within a few hours.
What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports & cultural institutions? I love Over-the-Rhine and its variety of great drinks, amazing food and interesting people. I'm also a big fan of the baby animals at the Cincinnati Zoo -- except for the baby spiders.
All time favorites?
Movies: Vanilla Sky, Gladiator, Serenity, Up, Into the Wild, Once, Sunshine, Casino Royale
Television: Breaking Bad, LOST, Game of Thrones, Firefly, Six Feet Under, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Walking Dead, Dexter, Community, Luther, Sherlock, Homeland and House of Cards
Books: A Song of Ice and Fire series, Y: The Last Man, To Kill a Mockingbird and anything by Ray Bradbury
Music: There's too much music I love to list here. So I'll put it this way: I like indie rock, alternative, noise pop, experimental rock, indie folk, shoegazing, dream pop, Gypsy punk, dark cabaret, indietronica and pretty much everything in between.
Apps you can't live without? The Associated Press app, Yelp, Shazam, Netflix, Breaking News, Groupon, the Game of Thrones Companion app, and of course, my WCPO app ;)