Michael Wittner

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Los Angeles, CA
Bard College, New York University
Hiking, Road Trips, National Parks
  • Michael has traveled extensively, including a semester abroad in India, Senegal, and Argentina. He recently completed a road trip up the entire Pacific Coast Highway.
  • He is a travel show junkie, binging everything from Rick Steves to Anthony Bourdain to Conan O'Brien to "Travels With My Father."
  • Michael is a Geoguessr champion who spends far too much time taking virtual walks on Google Street View.


Michael has always loved traveling, maps, globes, and daydreaming about traveling everywhere (the theme of his Bar Mitzvah was even flags and maps). He 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 local news of cities nationwide and statewide stories, like surging gas prices and the Gabby Petito story. Two of his stories — features on travel and adventure — 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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