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Karen Fragala Smith


Karen Fragala Smith is the Editor-in-Chief of ELYSIAN Magazine

Karen Fragala Smith spent several years as a senior correspondent for ELYSIAN Magazine before assuming the role of Editor in Chief in January 2021. An alumna of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Smith was a staff editor at the New York Times, and the former Articles Editor at Newsweek. In 2017, she was the Research Editor for the award-winning podcast, Serial which reinvestigated the murder of a Baltimore teen, and went on to become the most-streamed podcast in history. Smith’s love of journalism began when she was a delivery girl for her hometown newspaper at age 8, and she gravitated to the profession with the goal of learning history firsthand from the most influential political and cultural figures of our time. Her interview subjects have included Maya Angelou, James Brown, Vaclav Havel, Mikhail Gorbachev, Madeleine Albright and Benazir Bhutto.