Max McCoy has won awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors and other groups for his longform reporting on unsolved murders, serial killers, and hate groups. In addition to his work as an investigative writer for The Joplin Globe, McCoy has written for publications as diverse as True Detective, American Photographer, Fortean Times, True West, The New Territory, and The Wilson Quarterly. He's a professor of journalism at Emporia State University, in east central Kansas, where he specializes in investigative reporting, nonfiction narrative, and Free Speech issues. He's also director of ESU's Center for Great Plains Studies
Recently, he's been writing about Albert Bigelow Paine, who was Mark Twain's official biographer and literary executor. McCoy was a presenter at the international Twain conference at Elmira College in upstate New York. He is also a member of Western Writers of American and a board member of the Ozark Creative Writers annual conference at Eureka Springs, Arkansas.