Meet Keli


  Photo by Robert Caldarone

Photo by Robert Caldarone

Keli Goff is an internationally recognized multi-platform journalist and screenwriter, best known for chronicling the intersections of politics, pop culture, race and gender in America. Currently a Columnist for The Daily Beast, she is also a writer for the groundbreaking CW television series Black Lightning, based on the DC Comics superhero.  In 2018 the documentary Reversing Roe, a history of the political and legal battles that have defined America’s abortion debates, was released in theaters, marking Keli’s debut as a film producer.

As a journalist Keli’s work has appeared in some of the world’s leading publications, including the magazines TimeCosmopolitan and Essence, and the web editions of The New York TimesThe GuardianThe AtlanticElle, Glamour and New York Magazine to name a few. Before joining The Daily Beast, she 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. She continues to contribute regularly to “Left, Right & Center,” airing on NPR affiliate KCRW.

In 2014 she began writing for theater and television.

In 2017 Keli began writing for the CW television network series Black Lightning, based on the DC Comics superhero. Before Black Lightning, she served on the writing staff of the critically acclaimed drama Being Mary Jane, winning a 2016 NAACP Image Award for her work on the episode "Sparrow."

A recipient of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group fellowship, Keli spent 2014-2016 developing new material at the legendary artistic institution best known for producing Shakespeare in the Park. 

Keli's first book, 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 Civil Rights legend Julian Bond. 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 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".

Born and raised in Texas, Keli now splits her time between Manhattan and Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. from New York University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University.

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