Christina Tkacik

Writer

Christina Tkacik is a multimedia journalist specializing in video, photography and social media. She worked at National Geographic in Washington and A Magazine in Beirut. Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in media studies from American University of Beirut. 

Recent Articles

  • Retro HoCo: Ellicott City's jail

    Retro HoCo: Ellicott City's jail

    The Ellicott City jail has the musty aroma of an old stone building that’s lain vacant for 30 years, collecting layers of mold. But Fred Dorsey, president of Preservation Howard County, sees potential. It could be a tourist site, maybe, or an office building. “It’s our only jail here,” he said....

  • Jane D. Diefenbach, Baltimore County guidance counselor, dies

    Jane D. Diefenbach, Baltimore County guidance counselor, dies

    Jane D. Diefenbach, a retired Baltimore County guidance counselor who took an innovative approach to dealing with a schoolyard bully, died of complications from liver cancer Nov. 17 in Mays Chapel. The longtime Catonsville resident was 90. “I used to say she was as wise as Solomon,” said her daughter,...

  • Lights Out Baltimore works to curb fowl deaths in Birdland

    Lights Out Baltimore works to curb fowl deaths in Birdland

    Early mornings in the spring and fall, while the city sleeps, 17-year-old Claire Wayner marches through downtown Baltimore in search of dead birds. She’s looking for live ones, too. But mainly dead ones. “It’s tough to predict how many birds you’re gonna get, or if you’re gonna get any,” says Wayner,...

  • Retro HoCo: Maple Lawn turkeys

    Retro HoCo: Maple Lawn turkeys

    Ellsworth and Mary Elizabeth Iager had just returned from their honeymoon in 1938 when they began raising not children, but turkeys. On a 108-acre farm in Fulton that had been in the Iager family since the 1840s, the newlyweds woke before dawn to till the land, milk dairy cows and tend to turkeys...

  • Two men shot, one fatally, Thursday night in Baltimore

    Two men shot, one fatally, Thursday night in Baltimore

    Two men were shot, one fatally, Thursday night in Baltimore, according to police. A 32-year-old man was shot at Belwood Avenue and Benton Heights Avenue in the Waltherson neighborhood before 4 p.m. Police arrived at the scene and the man was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview hospital, where he later...

  • Maryland transportation secretary pulls graphic after swastika comparison

    Maryland transportation secretary pulls graphic after swastika comparison

    The Maryland Department of Transportation removed a brochure from its website Thursday after several people pointed out that it contained a graphic that resembled a swastika. "It was an unintentional mistake that has been corrected,” Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn said in a statement. “A...

  • Two plead guilty in murder of man known as 'Mayor of Brooklyn'

    Two plead guilty in murder of man known as 'Mayor of Brooklyn'

    Two men have pleaded guilty in the December murder and robbery of James Herget, an elderly man known in his community as the “mayor of Brooklyn.” “This was an outrageous and heinous crime perpetrated by individuals with no code of ethics against a vulnerable 83-year-old, well respected community...

  • Two African penguin chicks born at the Maryland Zoo

    Two African penguin chicks born at the Maryland Zoo

    Two African penguin chicks were born this month at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, according to zoo spokeswoman Jane Ballentine. Ballentine said both chicks are healthy, though one has struggled to gain weight and is being cared for by zoo employees, hand-fed a milky-looking smoothie of krill, herring...

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