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Keli Goff

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Keli’s first book, the critically acclaimed Party Crashing: How the Hip Hop Generation Declared Political Independence (Basic Books, March 2008) is recognized as one of the first to document the rise of “Generation Obama.” Featuring 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.” Keli’s essay “Living the Dream” is featured in the collection The Speech: Race and Barack Obama's A More Perfect Union (Bloomsbury, 2009).

Keli’s career in politics and media began with a college internship on the senate campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton. After a brief stint as a Democratic operative, she found her political Independent streak more suited to the blogosphere. She has been surprising readers with her unpredictable take on the political and pop culture news of the day ever since. Keli’s fearlessness in giving voice to issues, people and opinions that often go unheard has earned her and her work coverage in a host of media outlets, among them Vanity Fair and USA Today. Most recently she was profiled in the book “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How we Think about Power,” by bestselling author Gloria Feldt. 

A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, she 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 resides in Manhattan.


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