Max is a senior writer at Newsweek and based in New York City. He covers politics and general interest news and focuses on the FBI, the Department of Justice and congressional intelligence committees. He has written about 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. He has also written for Newsweek Japan, Boston and Smithsonian magazines, Vassar: The Alumnae/i Quarterly and Vice.com.
Max is a regular guest on television and radio and has appeared on the BBC, MSNBC, CBSN, CTV, NY1, 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 nomination acceptance speech. He has spoken on panels at conferences and to college and graduate school students.
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.
He holds a master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Vassar College.