Montgomery, Alabama, United States
As a Senior Fellow of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Editor in Chief of its award-winning Intelligence Report magazine, Mark Potok helps lead the premier operation monitoring the extreme right in the United States. In addition to editing the magazine, Potok acts as a key spokesman for the SPLC, a well-known civil rights organization based in Alabama, and has testified before the Senate, the Helsinki Commission, the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights and in other leading venues.
Before coming to SPLC in 1997, Potok spent almost 20 years as an award-winning reporter at newspapers including USA Today, the Dallas Times Herald and The Miami Herald. While at USA Today, he covered the 1993 siege in Waco, the rise of militias, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the trial of Timothy McVeigh. In 1996, his editors nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize for a package of stories on racism in Texas public housing. Most recently, Potok won a 2010 first-place Green Eyeshade Award for best investigative magazine article from the Society of Professional Journalists.