Max Tarlton is an Emmy-nominated journalist.


Max is the morning anchor for WAKE UP at KION Newschannel 5/46, covering California’s beautiful Central Coast. He also investigates local and national concerns in his twice-weekly francise, “Message Max”. 

It’s a dream come true for Max to be back in his native state of California.

Previously, Max spent time in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, working at one of the channels he grew up watching – KMTV 3 News Now, the CBS affiliate. He anchored Early Riser along with being the “Alert Desk” Anchor and Traffic Anchor for 3 News Now This Morning. He was known for his “What’s Driving You Crazy?” transportation segment.

Prior to Omaha, Max was the morning anchor and executive producer for SUNRISE at KYMA News 11 – the NBC affiliate in Yuma, Arizona. Max covered a variety of stories along the U.S./Mexico border during the 2016 election and covered groundbreaking medical advancements in his weekly “Healthline 11” report.

Max holds a Broadcast Journalism degree from Columbia College Chicago. While in school, Max was one of seven students selected for the Semester in Los Angeles program. He also had the opportunity to intern with Warner Bros. and WGN News before being offered a position to become a news writer working on various newscasts throughout the week.

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