Max Reiss - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Max Reiss

Max Reiss covers Alabama politics for all of Raycom's television stations in the state of Alabama which include Montgomery's WSFA 12 News, Birmingham's FOX6 (WBRC), Huntsville's WAFF, and Columbus/Phenix City's WTVM. Max is based in Montgomery. You will generally find Max in the Alabama Capitol Complex interviewing state department heads and members of Alabama's legislature.

Max has covered some of the biggest political stories in the state since he arrived in Montgomery. He broke the news that Chief Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb was going to resign her post in June 2011. Max also broke the story that Medicaid Director Bob Mullins was set to resign after an $81 million accounting error was brought to light within the agency. Max covered a pair of federal corruption trials featuring casino owners, state lawmakers, and lobbyists over a period of 18 months. During those trials, Max updated a live blog of all of the courtroom proceedings, providing a play-by-play for online readers.

Although he is based in Montgomery, Max has done some traveling for several major stories. Max traveled exclusively with Governor Robert Bentley to New Orleans to look at how charter schools have worked in the areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Immediately following that trip, Max uncovered that the schools the governor visited all had either unsatisfactory or failing grades according to the Louisiana Department of Education school grading system. Max also traveled to Mobile to cover the announcement that Airbus would locate its first North American assembly plant in Mobile, one of the biggest economic development announcements in Alabama history.

Born in New York City, Max made his way to Montgomery after working for the past few years for several news outlets in the Columbia-Jefferson City, MO market. While there, Max worked in television for the local NBC affiliate, KOMU. He covered state politics for the only network owned and operated radio station in Missouri, St. Louis' KMOX-AM (CBS). Max had several of his radio reports air nationally on ABC News Radio. Max's crowning achievement while covering Missouri politics was revealing a culture of disorganization and miscommunication when it came to the state's water quality at its state-run beaches, leading to wide-scale changes in the reporting mechanisms for the safety of beaches along the Lake of the Ozarks.

A graduate of the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's in Radio-Television Journalism as well as minors in political science and classical humanities, Max is a die-hard Mizzou Tiger fan. From time to time, Max will make road trips to see the Mizzou football and men's basketball teams play whenever possible. During his time as a student, he was named one of the top 39 graduating seniors by the Mizzou Alumni Association (an homage to Mizzou's founding in 1839). In his spare time Max loves playing golf, attending sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.

You may email Max at mreiss@wsfa.com.

 

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