Maximillian Potter is the executive editor of 5280: Denver’s Magazine. Under his editorial guidance, 5280 has earned many of the most prestigious honors in journalism, including its five (print) National Magazine Award nominations.
As a writer, he’s been a finalist for the GLAAD award, the Investigative Reporters & Editors prize, and the Michael Kelly Award. Kelly judges commented that his articles are "beautifully written, ambitious in intent, and-most of all—fearless in their pursuit of truth." Among other prizes, he’s won First Place honors from the Military Reporters and Editors organization, and the Silver Gavel, which is the American Bar Association's highest recognition for legal reporting. In 2005, 5280 received its first two National Magazine Award nominations for stories Potter wrote.
In 2010, his story about the closing of the Rocky Mountain News was a finalist for the Newhouse School’s Mirror Award, honoring excellence in media reporting, and he was for a second time anthologized in the Best American Crime Reporting with his piece, “The Great Buffalo Caper.” More recently, his story, “The Assassin in the Vineyard,” which was published in Vanity Fair, won the 2012 New York Deadline Club Award for Magazine Feature. He is currently working on a non-fiction book based on the piece. The book will be published by Twelve, which acquired the worldwide rights with a pre-emptive auction bid.
Concurrently, Potter works as a long-form narrative and investigative features editor, collaborating on award-winning journalism that serves the city of Denver. Folio has dubbed him a “Publishing Innovator to Watch” and cited him as a “Top Talent.” A former staffer of Premiere, Philadelphia, and GQ magazines, Potter has served as a contributing editor to Men’s Health/Best Life and Details. He’s appeared on television and radio programs such as Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Inside Out, and ABC’s 20/20. A fellow of the Knight Digital Media Center Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Program, Potter is a native of Philadelphia, with an MS in journalism from the Medill School. He lives in Denver with his wife and two sons.
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