Max is a senior writer at Newsweek and based in New York City. He specializes in long-form general interest magazine stories on topics such as crime, mental health and higher education. He has covered the high suicide rate for farmers, the dark side of college rankings, undocumented American tigers in captivity and sex trafficking to farm worker labor camps. Besides Newsweek, he has written for Newsweek Japan, Boston and Smithsonian magazines, Vassar: The Alumnae/i Quarterly and Vice.com.
Max’s documentary films have screened at festivals across the United States. His film At the Corner of 3rd and 3rd won Best Documentary at the 2013 Red Hook International Film Festival and Best Documentary Short at the 2013 Greenpoint Film Festival. He has created videos for PBS, The American Library in Paris, City Parks Foundation and the Office of Communications at Vassar College.
Max regularly appears as a guest on television and radio, including on MSNBC, NY1, CBSN, TRT World, NPR affiliates WNYC, KCRW, KVPR and WBUR and stations WDEL and KDOW. The Education Writers Association twice named him a finalist for its National Awards for Education Reporting, in 2016 and 2017. His work has been cited in books, a federal court decision and a United States president's convention acceptance speech. He has spoken on panels and to college and graduate school students.
He holds a master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Vassar College.