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The Baltimore Sun

Jonathan Pitts

Writer

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

  • Council told of shortage of resources to prevent lead poisoning

    Thousands of rental homes in Baltimore are believed to contain dangerous lead paint, but the city has money to repair only 230 of them over the next three years, a top housing official testified Thursday. At a City Hall hearing called in response to a Baltimore Sun investigation, government officials...

  • Council told of shortage of resources to prevent lead poisoning

    Council told of shortage of resources to prevent lead poisoning

    Thousands of rental homes in Baltimore are believed to contain dangerous lead paint, but the city has money to repair only 230 of them over the next three years, a top housing official testified Thursday. At a City Hall hearing called in response to a Baltimore Sun investigation, government officials...

  • Mosque to host Obama grew from tiny gathering to influential congregation

    Mosque to host Obama grew from tiny gathering to influential congregation

    When President Barack Obama steps shoeless into the prayer room at the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday, he'll be entering a mosque that began as a small Sunday gathering at the Johns Hopkins University but is now one of the largest and most influential Muslim communities in the Mid-Atlantic....

  • Challenges remain for services and deliveries after record winter storm

    Challenges remain for services and deliveries after record winter storm

    The snow along the streets of Bolton Hill on Sunday was hip-deep. Few cars even tried to ply the single, narrow lane that city plows had opened. Residents cooped up since Friday were just beginning to emerge. But at Park Cafe & Coffee Shop on McMechen Street, owner David Hart was busy serving a...

  • Peace Corps withdraws from violent El Salvador

    When Andrew Piotrowski went to El Salvador as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2011, he settled into his labors in the rural village of La Cuchilla without incident. He taught young Salvadorans computer literacy and sex education. He wrote grants, planted crops and ran soccer tournaments. He saw himself...

  • Unlocking the mysteries of classical Greek pottery

    Unlocking the mysteries of classical Greek pottery

    Few customs better illustrate the culture of Classical Greece than the symposium, a form of drinking party where men of social standing gathered to discuss the great issues of the day. As courtesans and others entertained them, they spoke and sipped wine from bowl-like vessels known as kylikes,...

  • Rebranding of Sparrows Point bittersweet

    Rebranding of Sparrows Point bittersweet

    The men and women who toiled at Bethlehem Steel, and the neighbors of the Sparrows Point mill that powered the local economy for more than a century, say they've long since worked through the early stages of grief over its closure three years ago. They saw the place sold at auction in 2014. They...

  • Beginnings and endings, serials and scandals and cultural chasms drove the news in Baltimore in 2015

    Beginnings and endings, serials and scandals and cultural chasms drove the news in Baltimore in 2015

    The death of Freddie Gray and the unrest that followed dominated the news in 2015, but Baltimoreans wrote a quiet counternarrative as neighbors rallied to clean up after the riots, ministers led prayers in the streets and civic leaders called for change. Reid Wiseman, an astronaut who had circled...

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