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

She wanted to be a musician. Instead, she became a groundbreaking judge in Ohio.
 Law school wasn’t in the plans for Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart when she graduated high school. It was music. “With a name like Melody, what else would I study in college?” Stewart said. “The only thing I wanted to study was music. That’s the only thing that interested me, that fascinated me.&rdquo...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Law school wasn’t in the plans for Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart when she graduated high school. It was music. “With a name like Melody, what else would I study in college?” Stewart said. “The only thing I wanted to study was music. That’s the only thing that interested me, that fascinated me.&rdquo...
Butler County police chief on social media threats: ‘We’re going to find you’
 After a week of increased police presence at Fairfield High School because of a threat circulated on social media, the city’s police chief said those producing such posts “can’t just hide in the internet” despite the relative anonymity such platforms can afford. The Fairfield Police Department, as well as the Fairfield...

Posted: a day ago

After a week of increased police presence at Fairfield High School because of a threat circulated on social media, the city’s police chief said those producing such posts “can’t just hide in the internet” despite the relative anonymity such platforms can afford. The Fairfield Police Department, as well as the Fairfield...
A lawmaker wants to reform some welfare programs. Local officials say it’s not that easy.
 Operators of Butler County public assistance programs say a bill introduced by a local lawmaker meant to streamline some welfare programs has positive points, but the issue is an extremely complex one. U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, said his People Centered Assistance Reform Effort Act, or People CARE Act, would create a bipartisan commission...

Posted: 2 days ago

Operators of Butler County public assistance programs say a bill introduced by a local lawmaker meant to streamline some welfare programs has positive points, but the issue is an extremely complex one. U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, said his People Centered Assistance Reform Effort Act, or People CARE Act, would create a bipartisan commission...
‘Fairfield Forward’: What’s next for the city after it listened to the community
 Fairfield’s new planning document designed to guide the city into the future is expected to be wrapped up by this summer. The city started the process with the help of a Cincinnati-based engineering company in May 2018 to develop an updated comprehensive plan it’s calling “Fairfield Forward.” The plan will help direct...

Posted: 2 days ago

Fairfield’s new planning document designed to guide the city into the future is expected to be wrapped up by this summer. The city started the process with the help of a Cincinnati-based engineering company in May 2018 to develop an updated comprehensive plan it’s calling “Fairfield Forward.” The plan will help direct...
Fairfield rejects Nepali grocery store in former chiropractic office
 Fairfield City Council unanimously voted against approving changes to a planned unit development that would allow a Nepali-oriented grocery store to fill a vacant building. Narayan Dhungel owns a former chiropractic office at 4630 Pleasant Ave. and requested to convert it to a grocery store. It shares a parking lot with Walgreens at the corner...

Posted: 3 days ago

Fairfield City Council unanimously voted against approving changes to a planned unit development that would allow a Nepali-oriented grocery store to fill a vacant building. Narayan Dhungel owns a former chiropractic office at 4630 Pleasant Ave. and requested to convert it to a grocery store. It shares a parking lot with Walgreens at the corner...
Timeline: A week of disruption in Fairfield after school threat reported on Instagram
 Today has been on the forefront of the minds of school and police officials since a social media threat of a school shooting at Fairfield High School was circulated earlier this week. The threat, which was investigated and police and determined not to be credible, has been disruptive to city officials, police and parents. Here’s how...

Posted: 3 days ago

Today has been on the forefront of the minds of school and police officials since a social media threat of a school shooting at Fairfield High School was circulated earlier this week. The threat, which was investigated and police and determined not to be credible, has been disruptive to city officials, police and parents. Here’s how...
Butler County lawmaker accused of fraud, ‘illegal adoption contract’
 A lawsuit filed in Hamilton County alleges that Ohio Rep. Sara Carruthers adopted twins more than a decade ago but failed to live up to a promise that she would provide a home for the birth mother and her three children. Jamie Robinson, of Hamilton County, claims in the civil lawsuit filed Feb. 5 that the freshman Hamilton Republican lawmaker...

Posted: 4 days ago

A lawsuit filed in Hamilton County alleges that Ohio Rep. Sara Carruthers adopted twins more than a decade ago but failed to live up to a promise that she would provide a home for the birth mother and her three children. Jamie Robinson, of Hamilton County, claims in the civil lawsuit filed Feb. 5 that the freshman Hamilton Republican lawmaker...
These Butler County students have found the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day
 Hundreds of Compass Elementary students will sing together about kindness, respect and compassion this morning as part of a program that hopes to grow its work in Fairfield’s schools. All this week, the students have learned about the importance of kindness and compassion with the help of LoveWorks, a 3-year-old Fairfield organization...

Posted: 4 days ago

Hundreds of Compass Elementary students will sing together about kindness, respect and compassion this morning as part of a program that hopes to grow its work in Fairfield’s schools. All this week, the students have learned about the importance of kindness and compassion with the help of LoveWorks, a 3-year-old Fairfield organization...
Police: Message threatening ‘Fairfield’ in Ohio came from outside U.S., was re-posted by local student 
 Fairfield police say the social media message that included a threat against “Fairfield High School” in Ohio originated outside the United States, and they have not identified any credible threats. A Fairfield student re-posted the message, police said, and they have identified and interviewed that student. They do not believe...

Posted: 5 days ago

Fairfield police say the social media message that included a threat against “Fairfield High School” in Ohio originated outside the United States, and they have not identified any credible threats. A Fairfield student re-posted the message, police said, and they have identified and interviewed that student. They do not believe...
Food pantry’s annual 5K has developed into its largest fundraiser
 Hopefully, snow won’t make another late-March appearance at this year’s Fairfield Food Pantry 5K Run/Walk, organizers said. The pantry’s 5K run and walk had grown in each of its first two years, but race organizer and pantry board member Wayne Krieghoff said snow last year caused entries to “drop way down.” &ldquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Hopefully, snow won’t make another late-March appearance at this year’s Fairfield Food Pantry 5K Run/Walk, organizers said. The pantry’s 5K run and walk had grown in each of its first two years, but race organizer and pantry board member Wayne Krieghoff said snow last year caused entries to “drop way down.” &ldquo...