Meet the Media: Max Darrow, multimedia journalist at KGUN-TV (ABC) Tucson

Mx Darrow, multimedia journalist as KGUN-TV (ABC) Tucson

Max Darrow is a multimedia journalist at KGUN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Tucson, Arizona. Max took a few minutes out of his schedule to give us an insight into his work.

Without revealing any secrets, can you tell us what types of stories, trends or issues are on your radar now?

The stories on my radar are constantly changing. I like to tell many kinds of stories, especially those driven by a strong character. If I had to pick one, I’d say local economy stories are pretty sought after right now. Tucson is a town with many small businesses with a lot of culture, history, and character.

Tell us about your dream assignment.

My dream assignment also always changes! You never know who you’re going to meet or what kind of story you’ll come across. A story I think of tomorrow could end up being my favorite assignment ever. You just don’t know all the time. That being said, something I would love to do at some point would be to travel across the country and tell a different story from every state.

Describe the craziest or most fun story you’ve ever written/ produced.

Numerous homes are left destroyed by floods after a devastating hurricaneI spent nearly a week in Naples & Ft. Myers, FL, during and after Hurricane Irma. It was such an eye-opening experience to be there for a natural disaster. From seeing how people prepared for the storm, to seeing how they came home to devastation, it was an incredibly important perspective to have. It was a difficult assignment, one I’ll never forget.

 

What is your top pet peeve with PR people?

My top PR pet peeve has to do with what kinds of releases we get, and how they’re written. We’ll often get releases that have interesting information, but don’t have the legs to be a relevant television news story. As for how they’re written, it’s frustrating when they’re missing key points of information (i.e., date, time, if we can interview someone).

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in the Bay Area and am the youngest of three children. When it was time for college, I was ready for a change of pace, so I moved out to Central New York. I’m a proud graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. I really love my job and am lucky to work in this field, but I do enjoy things outside of work too. I play the piano almost every day, and I exercise a lot. In Tucson, we have some amazing hikes…so I’ve started to enjoy hiking a lot.

Finish this sentence: People would be surprised to know that I…

People would be surprised to know that I often shoot, write, and edit most of my news stories. Many people think news is a very glamorous business, where the reporter doesn’t do very much. On the contrary…I’m typically a one-man band, multimedia journalist, who looks at a camera standing on a tripod!

Questions or comments for Max? Leave a comment below or tweet @MaxDarrowTV and @LandisComm.

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4 Comments

  1. Sean Dowdall Reply

    Max,
    Thanks for your blog. Covering disasters and the aftermath must be one of the toughest assignments for media. So many people are devastated. Hopefully, there will be very few to cover, but I’m sure it was a professional and personal growth experience for you.
    Sean

  2. David Landis Reply

    Max, as a fellow former journalist who still plays the piano, thanks for the great blog. My favorite thing to play on the piano? Broadway tunes, of course (with family and friends signing along). How about you? Cheers, David Landis

  3. Ashley Boarman Reply

    Hi Max. Thanks for giving our team a window into your daily life and career as a multimedia journalist. It sounds like you’ve already had a chance to travel beyond Tucson for work to cover breaking news. Speaking of Tucson, how did you end up there? We have a client – Evergreen Mortuary and Cemetery – based in Tucson, so you may be hearing from me in the coming months! ~Ashley

  4. Gus Nodal Reply

    Max, thanks for giving us an insight into your work!