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Karen Cristiano

Karen Cristiano

Assistant Department Head of Communication
Teaching Professor of Communication
Department of Communication
Office: 3201 Arch Street, Suite 100, Room 166


  • MA, Journalism, Temple University, 1994

Research Interests:

  • Journalism
  • Medical writing
  • Feature writing
  • Copy editing
  • Mass media and society


Karen Cristiano specializes in media writing and has a particular interest in medical journalism, feature writing, and copy editing. She earned her master’s in journalism from Temple University.

She serves as co-director of the capstone course for senior communication students.

Professor Cristiano spent 13 years working in daily newspapers as an editor and writer, the last seven as a medical writer for The Express in Easton, Pennsylvania. Until mid-2010, she was editor for six years of Communication Abstracts. She also served as a proofreader and associate editor for nine years.

Previous to Drexel she taught at Ursinus College and Temple University.