Reared in Ohio, Maharidge was a staff writer for ''The Plain Dealer'' and the ''Sacramento Bee''. It was while at the ''Bee'' that he formed his partnership with Williamson, who was a news photographer for the paper. The pair have traveled and lived among the rural poor as they documented the underside of American prosperity. Maharidge has also contributed to publications including ''Rolling Stone'' and the ''New York Times''.
In 2011, he published ''Someplace Like America: On the Road with Workers, 1980-2010''. His latest project is ''Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War'' which was published in March 2013.