Mark Potok

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Mark Potok is a spokesman and director of publications and information for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Alabama, a nonprofit organization that arose from the anti-segregation movement to counter extremism and hate crimes.

Early life and education[edit]

Potok's father was Jewish, but Potok does not consider himself Jewish and he was raised Christian. The son of Joan and Andrew Potok, he grew up in Plainfield, Vermont,[1][2] and studied at University of Chicago (from 1974 to 1978).


He is the editor of quarterly investigative journal Intelligence Report. He has testified before the United States Senate, the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights and in other venues. He spent almost 20 years as reporter at several newspapers, including USA Today, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Miami Herald. The Intelligence Report received the 2007 Investigative Award part of the UTNE Independent Press Awards.[3]

He has appeared frequently on the Democracy Now! show.[4][5][6][7][8]


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