ABOUT

"Have you seen Keli Dailey's web show News Hangover? It's hilarious, AND it has some smart points to make about workplace dynamics for women."

- Take the Lead on Facebook

Keli leads the Communication program at Mills College and teaches journalism courses there. She also teaches news satire at Saint Mary's College of California.

As a culture journalist, Keli uses her multimedia storytelling skills and grit to advance truth, democracy and the common good.

Some notable stops on Keli’s news path include the Los Angeles Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer and TIME magazine’s Asia Bureau. She was also an award-winning food critic and TV presenter for the San Diego Union-Tribune, and served on the James Beard Awards panel of judges (aka the Oscars of the food world). In 2013, Keli was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, where she developed a news-agency prototype called Public Table.

After years of being a serious journalist, Keli found comedy. She's the creator of Surviving San Francisco--a series of fact-based comedy shows examining life in America's most expensive city-- supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and Media Alliance. She produced, wrote and starred in an original comedy-news webseries for young women called News Hangover, supported by First Look Media.

Keli's efforts to blend journalism with comedy have been recognized by Poynter, Huffington Post, the Austin Chronicle, women’s blogs and comedy sites like Whohaha. Keli has appeared on South by Southwest panels to talk about the power of comedy to communicate news in 2019, 2018 and 2017--in 2016 Keli gave a solo SXSW talk called "Comedy is the New Journalism." Keli sits on the advisory board of Pilot Media Initiatives, a social enterprise committed to enhancing democracy through political satire—see their Nigerian TV show “The Other News.”

Keli's first work blending comedy with news reporting explored Chris Rock’s advice to avoid streets named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – see that here.

Her master’s degree comes from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, where she concentrated in feature writing and documentary photography. Her undergraduate degrees in English literature and journalism come from the University of Texas at Austin, in her home state.

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