Kristina Marusic

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Kristina Marusic is an award-winning journalist at Environmental Health Sciences who covers environmental health and justice at and She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of San Francisco, and her personal essays and reporting on topics ranging from the environment and LGBTQ equality to politics, food, and travel have been published by outlets including CNN, Slate, Vice, Women's Health, The Washington Post, MTV News, The Advocate, and Bustle, among others.

Kristina’s younger sister was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 25 years old. Thyroid cancer usually runs in families, but no one else in their family ever had it, so Kristina began to question whether something in the environment could have played a role. These questions led her to write “Prescription for Prevention,” a 5-part series on cancer and environmental exposures in Pennsylvania, where she and her sister grew up, for Environmental Health Sciences. This series culminated in a national investigation of these issues in her new book, A New War on Cancer: The Unlikely Heroes Revolutionizing Prevention (Island Press / May 11, 2023 / $28).

Kristina has received recognition and awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Institute of Health Care Management, the Group Against Smog and Pollution, and the Carnegie Science Center for her reporting on the environment. She lives in Pittsburgh with her partner of ten years, Michael, and the cutest dog in the world, Mochi.

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