Christianna McCausland

Writer, Editor, Author and Content Creator

United States

I love words and stories, interesting people and beautifully designed spaces. I excel at feature writing, particularly profiles, light business reporting, and writing on lifestyle topics including interior design, architecture, regional travel, and food culture. I've won two journalism awards and occasionally I appear on television. I treat deadlines as sacrosanct.

I previously worked in marketing and call on that background to collaborate with companies and nonprofit organizations on content creation that rings with creativity and distinction.


Recent Work

Christianna Writes
This is Not a Movie Review

Last weekend I took our 10-year-old to see Barbie. Did I enjoy it? Sure. Great costumes, some funny scenes, and I can never say no to a good song and dance number. Was it the best movie I've ever seen? Certainly not. It ...


Bulletin, The Alumni Magazine of the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Bulletin Fall 2021

An interview with renowned pediatrician, virologist and immunologist Paul Offit who shares insights into COVID-19 and the way forward.

Bulletin, The Alumni Magazine of the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Grace Under Pressure

A profile of the new president of the SoM, Dr. Bruce Jarrell, and the challenges of starting one's tenure in a pandemic.

Baltimore magazine
Chef Cindy Wolf Ventures into Kitchen Design Consultation

Fittingly, it all starts with a cookbook. Chef Cindy Wolf of Charleston fame has long been working on one. So long, in fact, that it has grown into a series. And now she anticipates the first of her Cooking With Wolf cookbooks will publish in time for the holidays this year.

Baltimore Law: the magazine of the University of Baltimore School of Law
Public Service in a Cynical Age

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger and others speak about how they keep optimism and integrity in public service and politics in a cynical time.

Making a Difference: Soledad O'Brien

It all began with one girl in New Orleans. In 2005, while covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as anchor and special correspondent for CNN, Soledad O'Brien learned of a young woman who didn't have the money to attend one of the only schools still open, after the disaster had decimated much of the public school system.

Lifestyle: Interior Design, Architecture & Culture

Baltimore Magazine
This Lutherville Build Gave a Couple a Home That Finally Felt Like Them

Lisa and David had a reasonable wish list: For one, they frequently entertain and wanted to be able to leave a mess in the kitchen and not see it when they host a dinner. They also typically have more than 20 guests for Thanksgiving, so they needed a large dining space and commissioned a custom table for that purpose.

Home & Design Magazine
Light House - Home & Design Magazine

A renovation transforms an outdated house in Maryland's Breton Bay area into a bright family retreat Tiffani Johnston's first thought upon moving into her family's current Leonardtown home was that the kitchen was dark. It lacked windows to take in its views of a backyard creek, which meanders all the way to the Chesapeake Bay.

Baltimore Magazine
A Couple Thoughtfully Restores a Childhood Home in Catonsville

Michelle Knighton and her six siblings grew up on the outskirts of Catonsville on six acres of land abutting Patapsco State Park. Their parents purchased the land in 1962 and, in 1964, completed the construction of a contemporary four-bedroom home.
How an artist turned a rundown Baltimore auto shop into an urban oasis home and studio

Luck follows Kelly Walker. When she hitchhiked into Baltimore as a teenager, the North Carolina native was addicted to drugs and alcohol and living out of a backpack. But she found recovery services that saved her life. Then she stumbled into an apprenticeship that led her to start her own decorative painting and faux finishing company, Art Star Custom Paintworks, in 2002.

Cottage Style/Traditional Home
Ode to the Lowcountry

High style and easy living blend in this family getaway on the South Carolina Coast.

Home & Design Magazine
Mid-Century Marvel - Home & Design Magazine

An architectural gem on Gibson Island regains its shine Luis and Cara Medeiros long enjoyed visiting Gibson Island near Annapolis, but when they decided to look for a home to purchase, they were underwhelmed. "A lot of the homes here are like our primary home in Chevy Chase," says Cara Medeiros, noting the abundance of traditional houses and quaint cottages.

The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore At Home
Inside a 'House of Cards' home with a deep history

As a child, Jim Fielder knew Sophia's Dairy as the big house he couldn't enter. "The farm I grew up on is three miles from here," says Fielder, a Harford County native who is now Maryland's secretary of higher education.

General Reported Features

Baltimore Magazine
How the Housing Market Became the Unexpected Winner of 2020

By Christianna McCausland Edited by Ken Iglehart Illustrations by Bett Norris April 2021 N ICK AND KATE COLVIN LOVED their home in Homeland Mews. In their three years of ownership, they replaced the roof, updated the floors, and remodeled the kitchen and baths. They enjoyed their neighbors.

Baltimore Magazine
It's Never Good News When the Bankruptcy Business is Booming

As a bankruptcy attorney, Dennis J. Shaffer sees people at one of the most challenging times in their lives. And with the pandemic-hobbled economy, he's getting busier. Take, for example, his client in the personal service industry (who, understandably, asked that their name be withheld).

The Christian Science Monitor
Fiscal cliff? Here are ways to cushion your fall.

Higher taxes and federal spending cuts would begin to hit all Americans Jan. 1. Here are ways to cope with the 'fiscal cliff.' The "fiscal cliff" - that perfect storm of mandatory budget cuts, expiring tax cuts, and new taxes - looms with all the finality of a New Year's countdown clock.

AAA World
Paddler's Paradise

A first-person reported piece on kayaking the "ghost fleet" of Mallows Bay in Maryland (includes my own photos, too).

A Family Afloat

For more than 50 years, a Wooden Houseboat Moored in Gibson Island Harbor has served as a Baltimore Clan's Summer Retreat

It's Never Too Early to Learn to Say 'Hola'

When María Giraldo Greene rolls out La Caja de Sorpresas (the surprise box), all eyes are fixed on her. The box can hold any number of wonders, from pompoms to puppets. In this brightly lit classroom at Mount Olivet Methodist Church in Arlington that is home to ¡Hola Baby!, Greene's Spanish...

University, Institutional & Marketing

Professor Jane Murphy Retires: Founder of Modern Clinical Law Program Plans to Keep Fighting for...

A Life of Mentorship Murphy's list of accolades and leadership positions is extensive: vice president of the Women's Law Center; multiple appointments at the Association of American Law Schools; editorial board member at Family Court Review. She received the University System of Maryland's Award for Faculty Excellence and was the first recipient of the University of Baltimore's Presidential Faculty Award.


How a dark horse team made it to the top of NASA competition to design a next-gen space suit for deep space exploration.

In Crisis, Hope

As the opioid crisis ravages the nation the University of Baltimore's new Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement looks for solutions.

Johns Hopkins Magazine
Illuminating the weird

How two librarians are using social media to showcase some of the strangest items in the George Peabody Library.

RPH Architecture
RPH Architecture / Annapolis

RPH is a boutique architecture firm that required a complete overhaul of its existing website. I created succinct copy that highlights their diverse expertise.

BSO Overture
Classical Heritage

This highlights one of the many articles I've written for Overture, the in-house publication of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


Thundering Hooves: Maryland Steeplechase Racing

Offered expert commentary to this full length documentary drawing on experience and knowledge from the publication of my pictorial history book, Maryland Steeplechasing, published in 2005.