About Maria Karagianis

Maria Karagianis, who most recently served as a guest editor on the editorial board of the Boston Globe from 2014-2016, began her career as a reporter for the Boston Globe in the early 1970s. Part of a team that covered the violence in Boston caused by a federal court order to de-segregate the public schools, Karagianis was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize gold medal in 1975.  The following year, her editor sent her to South Africa for a year, where she covered apartheid, traveled throughout Africa and reported on the civil war in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia).


Maria Karagianis joined the staff of the Boston Globe in the era when major newspapers still had “Women’s Pages”. She would have been assigned to cover weddings, engagements, flower arrangements and recipes except that a federal court order to de-segregate the Boston public schools was causing three years of near- constant warfare in Boston neighborhoods....


In 1999, Maria Karagianis was hired by the Boston Bar Foundation under the auspices of the federal judiciary to give birth to an idea long valued by many judges and lawyers including Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who had been a federal judge in Boston before being nominated for the high court. That idea  — more important now than ever 20 years later — was to use the new....

Public Speaking

In 2007, the former dean of Radcliffe College (the woman’s college at Harvard before the two were merged) asked Maria Karagianis if she could nominate her to be a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow (put the link here) A roster of high achieving non-academic professionals across America with prominent careers in politics, journalism, the arts, business and other disciplines, Woodrow....

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