Explanatory Journalism

What is the history of right-wing extremism? How does religion play into the forms of the radical right? Political ideology? Anti-Semitism? What about the effects of globalization? I'm experienced and knowledgable about the the deep roots of the radical right in this country and Europe, and I can explain this history in terms that anyone can understand. My personal journalistic experiences include covering the 1993 Waco standoff, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and the nine-week trial of Timothy McVeigh in 1997. After that, I spent 20 years on the front lines, investigating and combating the radical right as a leader of the Southern Poverty Law Center.


(Selected, U.S. Only)

  • “Hate.com,” HBO, 2000
  • “Evil Among Us: Hate in America,” Discovery Channel, 2003
  • "My Town," Michael T. Hayes and Melissa Saul, 2005
  • “Inside the New Black Panthers,” National Geographic Channel, 2007
  • “KKK: Inside American Terror,” National Geographic Channel, 2007
  • “Hate Nation,” Gangland, The History Channel, 2007
  • “Lou Dobbs,” 60 Minutes, CBS, 2007
  • “American Nazis,” National Geographic Channel, 2009
  • “The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist,” Peacock Productions (presented on MSNBC by Rachel Maddow), 2010
  • “Revealing Hate,” Cactus Three Films, 2010
  • “Pray for Eric,” Ken Wyatt, 2010
  • “The Muslims Are Coming!,” Vaguely Qualified Productions, 2013
  • “White Supremacist Killings,” Swamp Murders, Investigation Discovery, 2014
  • “Ruby Ridge: American Standoff,” Retro Report, presented by The New York Times, 2014
  • “Klansville U.S.A.,” American Experience Films, PBS, 2015
  • “The Shadow of Waco,” Retro Report, presented by The New York Times, 2015
  • “KKK: Beneath the Hood,” Discovery Channel, 2015
  • “America Divided — The Rise of Trump Nation,” A Dan Rather Documentary, 2016
  • “Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America,” First Run Features, 2016
  • “The KKK: Behind the Mask,” Inside Secret Societies, 2016
  • “Oklahoma City,” American Experience Films, PBS, 2017
  •  CNN's "The Nineties": Episode 5, "Terrorism Hits Home," 2017
  • "The Politics of Hate," World2Be Productions, 2017
  • "Alt-Right: Days of Rage," Alldayeveryday, 2018
"Oklahoma City"

Mark Potok, Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award, Alpha Phi Alpha, Montgomery, Alabama, 2007
Intelligence Report, Special Recognition, 19th Annual GLAAD Media Award, 2008
Intelligence Report, Best Investigative Magazine, Utne Independent Press Award, 2009
Southern Poverty Law Center, special award for “outstanding work” on covering nativist extremism, American Immigration Law Foundation, March 20, 2009
Mark Potok, First Place, Investigative Reporting-Magazine, 2011, Green Eyeshade Award, Society of Professional Journalists
Proclamation honoring Mark Potok for “dedication and service to the community,” Steve Bellone, County Executive, County of Suffolk, New York
Mark Potok, First Place, Serious Commentary-Magazine, 2012, Green Eyeshade Award, Society of Professional Journalists
Mark Potok, award for “deep commitment and dedicated work fighting hate and bigotry,” Central American Refugee Center, New York, 2012
Mark Potok, First Place, Serious Commentary-Magazine, 2014, Green Eyeshade Award, Society of Professional Journalists

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