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.
He is the editor of quarterly investigative journal Intelligence Report. According to Huffington Post Potok "leads one of the most highly regarded operations monitoring the extreme right in the world today." He has testified before the United States Senate, the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights and in other venues. The son of Joan and Andrew Potok, he grew up in Plainfield, Vermont, and studied at University of Chicago (from 1974 to 1978). He spent almost 20 years as reporter at several newspapers, including USA Today, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Miami Herald.
The Intelligence Report he edits recently received the 2007 Investigative Award part of the UTNE Independent Press Awards.