Alexandria Carolan

Alexandria Carolan


Alexandria Carolan is a reporter with The Cancer Letter and associate editor of the Cancer History Project. She joined the publication in 2019. 

Her work focuses on a wide range of oncology issues including appropriations, diversity and, most recently, gender-related bias. 

Alexandria has worked as an editorial associate at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, where she wrote for The ASCO Daily News, and edited ASCO Educational Book and meeting programs. Alexandria holds a B.A. in journalism and English from the University of Maryland (2018), where she wrote for the university’s independent student newspaper, The Diamondback. 

She has written for local newspapers and magazines, where she covered city affairs, crime, science and technology, and bias. Alex’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Capital News Service, Asbury Park Press, Bethesda Beat and Bethesda Magazine.
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