Michael D. Pitman

Michael D. Pitman covers political news in Butler County, as well as state and national issues that may have an impact on the community. In addition to his award-winning journalism skills, Pitman has developed into a reliable staff photographer. He also enjoys telling features about people, and the interesting lives they have led. He was born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area. Pitman graduated from Wyoming High School and earned his B.A. from the College of Mount St. Joseph. He also has a Masters in Sport Administration from Xavier. He has a twin brother, an older brother and older sister. He lives on the Westside of Cincinnati with his wife, Christy, and daughters, Emma and Sophia. He's taken an interest in fiction writing. He is always trying to learn something new in his craft, and has a desire to be constantly learning new things.

Latest from Michael D. Pitman

U.S. immigrant naturalizations up 37 percent since 2005
 The United States saw a 37 percent increase in naturalized immigrants from 2005-15, led by larger naturalization rates for the largest 20 immigrant groups, according to the Pew Research Center. And during that decade, the government denied nearly 1 million applications, which is roughly 11 percent of the 8.5 million applications filed over...

Posted: 5 hours ago

The United States saw a 37 percent increase in naturalized immigrants from 2005-15, led by larger naturalization rates for the largest 20 immigrant groups, according to the Pew Research Center. And during that decade, the government denied nearly 1 million applications, which is roughly 11 percent of the 8.5 million applications filed over...
New Fairfield Vice Mayor ‘looking forward’ to new role
 Fairfield Vice Mayor Craig Keller said he’s “looking forward” to serving alongside Mayor Steve Miller for the next year, leading both the city council and the city of Fairfield. Miller made Keller, who’s entering his third year as the Second Ward City Council member, vice mayor for 2018. “It means a lot to serve...

Posted: a day ago

Fairfield Vice Mayor Craig Keller said he’s “looking forward” to serving alongside Mayor Steve Miller for the next year, leading both the city council and the city of Fairfield. Miller made Keller, who’s entering his third year as the Second Ward City Council member, vice mayor for 2018. “It means a lot to serve...
Former elections board member to run for Ohio Statehouse
 The reason why former Butler County Board of Elections member Kathy Wyenandt
            resigned her board seat last month is so she can run for office. Wyenandt told the Journal-News she will formally announce on Sunday afternoon at Grainworks Brewing Company that she will run against Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., who was...

Posted: 2 days ago

The reason why former Butler County Board of Elections member Kathy Wyenandt resigned her board seat last month is so she can run for office. Wyenandt told the Journal-News she will formally announce on Sunday afternoon at Grainworks Brewing Company that she will run against Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., who was...
5 ways Mike Fox changed Butler County during his legendary statehouse career
 There’s not much in Butler County that hasn’t been impacted by former state lawmaker Mike Fox. He sponsored and pushed to enact more than 100 pieces of legislation — either a bill or an amendment — as a member of the Ohio General Assembly from 1975 to 1997. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars were directed to Butler...

Posted: 3 days ago

There’s not much in Butler County that hasn’t been impacted by former state lawmaker Mike Fox. He sponsored and pushed to enact more than 100 pieces of legislation — either a bill or an amendment — as a member of the Ohio General Assembly from 1975 to 1997. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars were directed to Butler...
Democrat sworn in as newest BOE member
 Mariann Penska was sworn in as the newest member of the Butler County Board of Elections on Thursday. The Butler County Democratic Party picked Penska to succeed Kathy Wyenandt, the Democratic board member who resigned on Dec. 18. Wyenandt also resigned as the party’s Central Committee chair. INITIAL REPORT: Penska set to join Butler...

Posted: 3 days ago

Mariann Penska was sworn in as the newest member of the Butler County Board of Elections on Thursday. The Butler County Democratic Party picked Penska to succeed Kathy Wyenandt, the Democratic board member who resigned on Dec. 18. Wyenandt also resigned as the party’s Central Committee chair. INITIAL REPORT: Penska set to join Butler...
Mike Fox’s ‘simple’ choice: ‘I either lose this weight or I lose my life’
 Mike Fox said he should have died last month. He was admitted to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford on Dec. 2 after he collapsed in his home. He was in hospitals, both McCullough-Hyde and Bethesda North in Hamilton County, until Dec. 18, and he doesn’t remember most of that time. While he was in the hospital, he said his heart &ldquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

Mike Fox said he should have died last month. He was admitted to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford on Dec. 2 after he collapsed in his home. He was in hospitals, both McCullough-Hyde and Bethesda North in Hamilton County, until Dec. 18, and he doesn’t remember most of that time. While he was in the hospital, he said his heart &ldquo...
An interchange opened explosive growth in Liberty Twp. Here’s how.
 Liberty Twp. could be on its way to doubling in size, and the Liberty Way interchange will play a major role in that growth. The interchange, which opened in 2009, helped to open up land for development that saw the Liberty Center create a 100-acre development just two years ago. Then earlier this month, The Christ Hospital Health Network...

Posted: 8 days ago

Liberty Twp. could be on its way to doubling in size, and the Liberty Way interchange will play a major role in that growth. The interchange, which opened in 2009, helped to open up land for development that saw the Liberty Center create a 100-acre development just two years ago. Then earlier this month, The Christ Hospital Health Network...
It was a wild week in Ohio statewide politics. Here’s what happened.
 Big decisions announced this past week made the second week of 2018 the political equivalent of professional golf’s “moving day,” or in this case moving week. The first week of the year has seen multiple big news announcements — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel dropping from the Senate race, Democratic Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni...

Posted: 8 days ago

Big decisions announced this past week made the second week of 2018 the political equivalent of professional golf’s “moving day,” or in this case moving week. The first week of the year has seen multiple big news announcements — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel dropping from the Senate race, Democratic Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni...
5 things to know about the Hamilton-connected businessman running for lieutenant governor
 Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor formally introduced Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth as her running mate in her bid for Ohio governor. Estruth, 50, was one month from celebrating 27 years with Procter & Gamble when he chose to retire Wednesday from the Cincinnati-based corporation. He was the CEO of P&G subsidiary iMFLUX, an injection molding technology...

Posted: 10 days ago

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor formally introduced Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth as her running mate in her bid for Ohio governor. Estruth, 50, was one month from celebrating 27 years with Procter & Gamble when he chose to retire Wednesday from the Cincinnati-based corporation. He was the CEO of P&G subsidiary iMFLUX, an injection molding technology...
Taylor names Hamilton businessman as running mate in governor race
 Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor announced Wednesday that Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth will join her gubernatorial campaign as candidate for lieutenant governor. Estruth, 50, retired Wednesday morning from his position as CEO of iMFLUX, a Procter & Gamble subsidiary, to join the campaign, an act that Taylor called “a big sacrifice.&rdquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor announced Wednesday that Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth will join her gubernatorial campaign as candidate for lieutenant governor. Estruth, 50, retired Wednesday morning from his position as CEO of iMFLUX, a Procter & Gamble subsidiary, to join the campaign, an act that Taylor called “a big sacrifice.&rdquo...