Michael Wittner

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Los Angeles, CA
Bard College
New York University
Hikes, Road Trips, National Parks
  • At age 15, Michael co-wrote a book about his experiences volunteering at a nursing home that was published a few years later.
  • Michael has interviewed the mayors of Beverly Hills and Malibu, the founder of a traveling cat show, and the creator of a Renaissance Faire sitcom, to name just a few.
  • Michael is a Geoguessr champion who spends far too much time taking virtual walks on Google Street View.


Michael began his journalism career writing for high school and college newspapers. In 2018, he was named associate editor of the Jewish Journal, which covers the Jewish community north of Boston. In 2020, just as the pandemic revved into high gear, he accepted a position at Patch reporting the local news of Beverly Hills, Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, and Northridge, also known as their "rich and famous beat." He also contributed articles to The Beverly Hills Courier. At Patch, he has also reported on the local news of cities around the country, and nationwide and statewide stories, like surging gas prices and the Gabby Petito story. Two of his stories - features on travel and adventure, naturally - received Best of Patch Awards. He now reports the local news of the Tri-Valley, a collection of cities east of San Francisco.


Michael received a bachelor's in sociology from Bard College, and master's in Teaching French as a Foreign Language from New York University.
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