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
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, 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.
- Andrew Potok, Ordinary Daylight: Portrait of an Artist Going Blind, Random House, Inc., 2003, pp 18, 25, 106 245, 268.
- Potok gives Montpelier talk, Vermont Digger, November 11, 2010.
- Podcast interview with Mark Potok, SPLC Intelligence Report director, about anti-Latino hate groups
- "Rage on the Right: Christian Militia Raided in Michigan; Tennessee Skinhead Pleads Guilty to Obama Assassination Plot". 2010-03-30.
- "'Humiliated and Appalled,' Virginia Student Calls for Apology From Sen. Allen for 'Macaca' Slur". 2006-08-22.
- "A Look at Schwarzenegger’s Father’s Ties to the Nazis and Arnold’s Connection to Racist Hate Groups". 2003-08-26.
- "Should Trent Lott Resign? The Senate Republican Leader’s Support for Strom Thurmond’s 1948 'Segregation Forever' Presidential Campaign Generates Mass Calls for Him to Step Down, He Refuses". 2002-12-12.
- "Trent Lott and Bob Barr—Council of Conservative Citizens". 1998-12-22.
- National radio/TV interview with David Pakman about anti-gay hate groups
- A podcast interview with Mark Potok, SPLC Intelligence Report director, about anti Latino hate groups
- Voices on Antisemitism Interview with Mark Potok from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- "When Right-Wing Extremism Moves Mainstream", an interview of Mark Potok on "Fresh Air" from WHYY, NPR, March 25, 2010, explaining the growth of hate groups in the United States
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