Montgomery-based political reporter Max Reiss is leaving his position with Raycom Media and the five television stations he's served around Alabama and Georgia.
Max and his wife, Kelley, are moving to Hartford, Connecticut where he has secured the political reporter position at NBC's owned-and-operated affiliate, WVIT, or NBC Connecticut.
A native of New York City, Max says he made the decision to take the position in Connecticut because it puts him within two hours of family.
While based in Montgomery at WSFA 12 News, Max was employed by multiple stations and worked to break political stories in the capital city for a statewide audience, often producing numerous reports per day for multiple newscasts at Raycom affiliates WAFF 48 in Huntsville, WBRC Fox 6 in Birmingham, WTVM 9 in Columbus/Phenix City and WDFX Fox 34 in Dothan.
In addition to his ability to quickly process and clearly translate breaking political news on-air, Max handled multiple assignments online, managing the @AlabamaPolitics twitter handle for a growing digital audience.
A graduate of the University of Missouri's Radio-Television Journalism, Max came to Alabama and Raycom in October 2010. He's worked at KOMU-TV, the local NBC affiliate in Columbia-Jefferson City, MO, as well as the local CBS radio station KMOX-AM. He also reported nationally on ABC News Radio.
While in Alabama, Max proved his abilities, breaking multiple stories including the planned resignation of Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, two federal corruption trials involving casino owners, state lawmakers and lobbyists, and most recently that Alabama would be the site of a PGA Tour event.
On a more personal note, while buttoned-up and very professional on-air, Max made a name for himself in the WSFA 12 newsroom for his hilarious antics, often singing loudly and off key to the protests of some and cheers of others, telling jokes and doing anything to make producers laugh at the worst possible times.
In his short stint in the South, Max embraced grits and used the word "y'all" like he'd lived south of the Mason-Dixon line his entire life. He got married and adopted a dog, Lilly, for which he and his wife are currently trying to find sweaters for in preparation for the cold weather in Connecticut.
From all of us, congratulations Max and best wishes in this new adventure!