Keli Goff

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Keli Goff is an American journalist. She first came to prominence as a blogger and political commentator during the 2008 election, recognized for her contributions to the Huffington Post and her appearances on various television networks as a political pundit. She has appeared on CNN, the Fox News Channel, the BBC, MSNBC and other networks. She is the author of the book, Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence[1] and the novel The GQ Candidate, released in July 2011.[2]

She is currently a Columnist for The Daily Beast[3] and Special Correspondent for The Root.[4] In January 2014 it was announced that Goff had been named a member of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group.

Early life[edit]

A native of Missouri City, Texas, Goff graduated from Elkins High School. She holds a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master's degree in strategic communications from Columbia University.


Her first book, Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence, examined the perspectives and impact of younger voters and members of the Post Civil Rights Generation on the political process, with particular focus on the 2008 election. Her second book, The GQ Candidate, a novel, was published in 2011 by Simon & Schuster's Atria Books, with the paperback published in June 2012.

During the 2008 election she was a regular contributor to the BET public affairs program "The Truth With Jeff Johnson" and an editorial contributor to

Her essay "Living the Dream" is featured in the collection The Speech: Race and Barack Obama's A More Perfect Union. Her writing has also appeared in Time, UPTOWN, Cosmopolitan, Essence, The Guardian,[5] the Washington Post, the Daily Beast[6] and the web editions of the New York Times and New York magazine.

She is currently a regular contributor to the Huffington Post,[7] the Washington Post′s women's blog "She the People".[8] Goff's columns have been the subject of coverage in outlets including the Wall Street Journal[9] and the New York Times,[10] while her books have been covered by USA Today,[11] Vanity Fair,[12] and Politico.[13]

Goff was also an anchor at the Women in the World Summit in 2014 for the Toyota Solutions Studio. In addition to interviewing former President Jimmy Carter, she interviewed many of the speakers and panelists from the conference including Ken Burns.


  1. ^ "Party Crashing". 
  2. ^ "The GQ Candidate". 
  3. ^ The Daily Beast
  4. ^ The Root
  5. ^ Goff, Keli (April 21, 2013). "Female Ivy League graduates have a duty to stay in the workforce". The Guardian. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Goff, Keli (December 21, 2011). "What Condi Rice Would Bring to the Republican Ticket". Daily Beast. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  7. ^ "Entries by Keli Goff". Huffington Post. 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Goff, Keli (June 18, 2013). "What would Ann Richards say?". Washington Post. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ Kaufman, Jonathan (March 11, 2008). "Infighting Worries Democrats". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ La Ferla, Ruth (September 23, 2011). "An Uptick, but Is It Enough?". New York Times. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ Wilson, Craig (August 9, 2011). "Keli Goff's 'Candidate' is very well-informed". USA Today. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ Schappell, Elissa (March 2008). "Hot Type". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ Andrews, Helena (April 2, 2008). "Harnessing the Huxtable Vote". Politico. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 

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