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Jonathan Pitts

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Jonathan Pitts writes about religion, sports, music, medicine and the military – and anything else that touches on the human spirit -- for the Baltimore Sun. Since joining the paper in 1999, he has covered oyster shuckers and opera singers, Deadheads and D-Day vets, sauerkraut and the Scriptures and more, always seeking the enduring in the everyday. The co-author of Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog’s memoir, “You’re Missin’ a Great Game,” he’s a native of St. Louis and a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Missouri School of Journalism

Recent Articles

  • Lifting the fading monarch

    Lifting the fading monarch

    Pam Spencer was about to dig up a fading milkweed plant in her garden when her husband, Steve, showed her a black-and-yellow larva he'd found on one of its leaves. It was a monarch butterfly in its earliest stages of life. At her computer, she learned it had less than a 3 percent chance of surviving...

  • Iconographer Dionysios Bouloubassis adorns Hunt Valley church with art, theology

    Iconographer Dionysios Bouloubassis adorns Hunt Valley church with art, theology

    As Dionysios Bouloubassis picks up his paint brush at Saint Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church early one morning, the large canvas before him is blank but for the outlines of an angel he has sketched in pencil. Swirling on reddish-brown pigment, he brings its wings to life. He fleshes out a Bible,...

  • Catholic Relief Services names Sean Callahan president and CEO

    Catholic Relief Services names Sean Callahan president and CEO

    Sean Callahan, the veteran Catholic Relief Services executive who was named Friday to head the Baltimore-based organization, takes over amid a historic global humanitarian crisis: the displacement of a record 60 million refugees worldwide. Callahan, who is set to become president and CEO of the...

  • Rising from the ashes

    Rising from the ashes

    When Thomas Heidenberger's wife died Sept. 11, 2001, shock and grief weren't all the Chevy Chase man had to deal with. Heidenberger, then a 55-year-old airline pilot, had a daughter at Loyola College in Baltimore. He had a son who would be heading to college in a few years. And as recovery workers...

  • Boating deaths down slightly after a tragic 2015

    Boating deaths down slightly after a tragic 2015

    With the summer boating season now over, a dozen people have died in state waters, officials said. That was slightly off the pace of 2015, when the 12-month total of 21 deaths was the most in two decades. It's hard to identify the cause of last year's spike or this year's modest drop-off, says...

  • Baltimoreans remember Mother Teresa: 'She outloved you at every turn'

    Baltimoreans remember Mother Teresa: 'She outloved you at every turn'

    The nuns who live at the Gift of Hope convent in East Baltimore have little time for frivolity. They care for hospice residents, many of them seriously ill. They scrub floors, call on shut-ins, visit prisoners. They pray four hours every day. But on Sunday, they're making time for an extravagance....

  • Battling the invasive stink bug

    Battling the invasive stink bug

    They creep into gardens, trees and crops in the field. They find hiding places through the winter, then re-emerge to infest again. As late summer becomes fall, brown marmorated stink bugs will soon be seeking entry points into Maryland homes in search of a haven for the winter. The crawling, flying,...

  • A 'paradise' amid the rocks and weeds

    A 'paradise' amid the rocks and weeds

    It has been years since visitors to North Gay and Washington in East Baltimore have seen anything much but blight. Boarded-up rowhouses line the streets. Weeds flourish in sidewalk cracks. But Walker Marsh looked at the Broadway East neighborhood and saw possibility. Marsh, 28, has created a flower...

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