Meet Keli


Photo by Robert Caldarone

Photo by Robert Caldarone

Keli Goff is an internationally recognized multi-platform journalist and fiction writer best known for documenting the intersections of politics, pop culture, race and gender in America.

As a journalist her work has appeared in some of the world’s leading publications, including the magazines Time, Cosmopolitan and Essence, and the web editions of The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Elle Magazine, New York Magazine and Glamour Magazine to name a few. Currently a Columnist for The Daily Beast, Keli previously served as a Contributor to The Washington Post blog “She the People,” The Huffington Post and the online magazine The Root.

Keli’s columns have sparked national conversations in a variety of media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” She has appeared on more than 100 television and radio programs providing political analysis and cultural criticism on the networks CBS, MSNBC, NPR, FOX, BET, the BBC and many others. During the 2016 presidential election she hosted "Political Party with Keli Goff," a series of specials featuring interviews with politicians, media personalities and artists about the issues shaping the 2016 presidential election for NPR affiliate WNYC.

In 2014 she began writing for theater and television.

She was a recipient of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group fellowship and spent 2014-2016 developing new material at the legendary artistic institution best known for producing Shakespeare in the Park. She joined the writing staff of the critically acclaimed drama “Being Mary Jane” during its third season. The following year she was awarded an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing on a Dramatic Series for her work on the episode "Sparrow." 

The author of two books, her first, Party Crashing: How the Hip Hop Generation Declared Political Independence (Basic Books, March 2008) featured interviews with young voters and high profile leaders, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. The Washington Post called Party Crashing “engaging” while Arianna Huffington declared that it “Should be on the nightstand of candidates on either side of the political aisle.” Her second book, the political novel The GQ Candidate (Atria Books, 2011), was designated a recommended summer selection by The Los Angeles Times and More Magazine.

Keli’s books have generated extensive coverage in outlets such as Vanity Fair and USA Today. She was also profiled in the book “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How we Think about Power,” by bestselling author Gloria Feldt. Keli is also featured as one of the “expert bloggers” in the book "The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging".

A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Keli holds a B.A. from New York University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University. Born and raised in Texas, Keli now splits her time between Manhattan and Los Angeles. Follow Keli on twitter @keligoff