Maximillian Potter is a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair magazine. He has been a staff writer at Philadelphia Magazine, Premiere, Details and GQ; and a contributor to Outside and The Atlantic. Most recently, he was Editor at Large for Esquire magazine.
In March 2019, The Atlantic, published an investigative report Potter co-wrote with Alex French, “Nobody Is Going To Believe You,” about an A-list Hollywood director and a pattern of sexual misconduct allegations, spanning two decades and in which the alleged victims were teenagers. It was a story originally commissioned by Esquire.
Potter has written two books: "The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics," the memoir of Colorado Governor and Democratic Presidential / U.S. Senate Candidate John Hickenlooper, published in May 2016; and "Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison The World's Greatest Wine," published in July 2014. "Shadows" began as an article for Vanity Fair magazine.
In its critique of Woe, Kirkus Reviews wrote: “Colorado's high-profile governor submits an unconventional autobiography. All this entertains wonderfully. ... It’s difficult to imagine a more unusual preparation for public life than the one ably recounted here.” The New York Times selected "Shadows" as a best wine book of 2014 and it was optioned by District 33, where it is in development.
He is at work on a non-fiction book, which is for Simon & Schuster, and writing his first novel.
Before working on Hickenlooper’s memoir, Potter served as the Senior Media Adviser & an award-winning speechwriter to the governor, and since has consulted as a media strategist for pubic and private sector organizations.
From 2004 to 2013, while he was Executive Editor of 5280, Denver's city magazine, it emerged as a city magazine of national interest, and was a finalist for the National Magazine Award—the most prestigious prize in magazine journalism—six times. Two of those National Magazine Award nominations were for stories Potter wrote. Folio, trade publication of the magazine industry, described Potter as a "Publishing Innovator to Watch."
His writing has received accolades including the Military Reporters & Editors First Place and the Silver Gavel—the American Bar Association's highest recognition for legal reporting—and he was a finalist for a GLAAD Award. Judges for the Michael Kelly Award described his work as "beautifully written, ambitious in intent, and-most of all—fearless in pursuit of truth." His writing has been included in several "Best American" anthologies; most recently, "Next Wave: America's New Generation of Great Literary Journalists."
Potter is a graduate of Allegheny College, with a BA in English/Creative Writing; Northwestern University, where he got his MS in Journalism, and he was a fellow at the Knight Digital Media Center's Multimedia Program at UCLA, Berkeley.
He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Journalism Department at the University of Colorado.