Maria Karavia studied art history. She travelled widely in Asia and the Middle East as a correspondent for the newspapers Kathimerini and Mesimvrini and Eikones magazine. During the dictatorship she lived in London and worked for the BBC’s Greek Service.
In 1996 she worked with director Giorgos Emirzas on “Odessa: Forgotten Homeland”, the first extensive research on Greeks in that area. She worked for the Greek state radio’s Third Programme and was in charge of planning and researching the programmes Images and Visual Arts on Greek state TV Channel ET1 (1975-1987). Till 1997 she wrote a column for Kathimerini daily.