Max Tarlton is an Emmy-nominated journalist.


Max is currently a morning anchor for WAKE UP at KION Newschannel 5/46, covering Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties in California. 

It’s a dream come true for Max to be back in his native state of California, doing what he loves on the beautiful Central Coast.

Most recently, Max was at KMTV 3 News Now – the CBS affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska. He anchored Early Riser along with being the “Alert Desk” and Traffic Anchor for 3 News Now This Morning. He was known for his “What’s Driving You Crazy?” transportation franchise.

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 including groundbreaking medical stories 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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