Max Diekneite

Max Diekneite

Anchor/Investigative Reporter

Savannah, Ga.

Max Diekneite is an investigative reporter/anchor for WTOC. You can catch him anchoring the 7 p.m. news every weeknight with Dawn Baker.

Max moved to Savannah in October 2020 after spending more than three years as an anchor/reporter at KCCI (CBS) in Des Moines, Iowa. During his time in Iowa, Max helped lead the coverage of several monumental events, including the 2020 Iowa caucuses. He also anchored major breaking news events, including the George Floyd protests and central Iowa’s historic floods in 2018.

A St. Louis native, Max attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism. During his time in school, Max worked as a reporter for KOMU 8 News (NBC) in Columbia, Mo., and interned for the award-winning investigative team at KTVI/KPLR News (FOX) in St. Louis.

Max is committed to fair, unbiased journalism. He is passionate about helping everyday people and believes in earning the viewers trust every day.

In his free time, Max likes to watch sports, exercise, and travel. He is a die-hard Cardinals baseball fan. Max has family in the southeast and is excited to explore the Coastal Empire.

Recent Articles by Max

  Proposed homeless shelter site assessment could take 30-60 days

  S.C. woman asks county for help with private road after neighbors stuck for two days

  Born without a birth certificate, a lifelong struggle for some in the South

  Savannah’s leisure, hospitality industry struggling to hire workers

  Elders speak out against shelter planned for West Savannah

  Taxpayers will foot bill for archeological assessment for homeless shelter

  City Council approves proposed West Savannah homeless shelter; must complete archaeological study

  Final vote on proposed West Savannah homeless shelter set for Thursday

  WTOC survey shows community split over homeless shelter proposal

  Savannah’s restaurant industry took a hit in 2020

  White House public engagement director discusses American Rescue Plan

  Georgia, South Carolina flunk ‘Gun Law Scorecard’

  March held against proposed homeless shelter in West Savannah

  Groundbreaking ceremony held for expansion of the Savannah Convention Center

  Savannah alderwoman says she has no conflict of interest over property development proposal

  Questions over Savannah alderwoman’s opposition to homeless shelter, ties to competing proposal

  Gov. Kemp reflects on Ahmaud Arbery’s death, promises changes in Georgia

  COVID variants hit Georgia; doctor warns of imminent spread

  Data shows backlog, long wait for social security disability hearings

  Debate over fire services heats up in Chatham County

WATCH: Interview with Sen. Raphael Warnock

  Ga. & S.C. saw increase in gun sales in 2020

  WTOC Investigates: Concern over election flyers ahead of Georgia runoff

  WTOC Investigates: Federal investigators focusing on gun-related crimes in Savannah

  Explaining the Coronavirus Relief Bill: Money set aside for individuals, businesses & more

  WTOC Investigates: Salvation Army, neighbors passionately debate proposed West Savannah homeless shelter

  Savannah City Council discusses proposal by Salvation Army to build new homeless shelter