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.
After nearly four weeks, the City of Savannah shared with WTOC how it plans to determine if the land in-question for a proposed homeless shelter is the site of the Weeping Time slave auction - the largest recorded sale of enslaved people in U.S. history.
About a dozen neighbors in Beaufort County were unable to drive anywhere after a large tree fell blocking the only road out of their neighborhood this week. It happened after Saturday night’s severe weather. Neighbors weren’t able to drive out for two days.
There has been a lot of debate in the past decade about photo I.D.’s., Voter I.D., Real I.D., and when you need an I.D. But the issue for many older people in South Carolina and Georgia isn’t the I.D., it’s that they don’t have a birth certificate.
WTOC has confirmed the Savannah city council plans to vote on a proposal by the Salvation Army to build a multi-million-dollar transitional housing homeless shelter off Augusta Avenue in West Savannah.
After months of debate, the West Savannah community could soon learn the fate of what has become a highly-debated proposal by the Salvation Army to build a transitional housing homeless shelter off of Augusta Avenue.
It is a plan that put the focus for many on their personal bank accounts, but now that the stimulus checks have been processed, what other parts of the American Rescue Plan will impact your everyday life?
WTOC Investigates has confirmed an alderwoman on the Savannah City Council who has fought against the Salvation Army of Savannah’s efforts to build a new homeless shelter in West Savannah has ties to a proposal for the same land.
Coastal Health District Director Dr. Lawton Davis says in just a matter of months, a coronavirus variant from the United Kingdom - also known as B.1.1.7 - could become the dominant strain in Georgia and South Carolina.
The WTOC Investigates Team continues to follow a controversial proposal before Savannah’s City Council to move the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter to West Savannah. Some neighbors say they have serious concerns about the impact it could have on the community.