Keli Dailey

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Keli Dailey has been a journalist for 21 years. Some notable stops on her straight-news path include the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the TIME Asia bureau, and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Keli was awarded Stanford University's John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship in 2013. She also produces news comedy, including her "News Hangover" webseries supported by First Look Media and documentary-theater performances entitled "Surviving San Francisco." A media, satire, and journalism adjunct professor for the past seven years, Keli currently teaches at Mills College, Saint Mary's College of California and the University of San Francisco. Her interests are in primarily telling tales about her fellow women of color.


  • Women and media
  • Media analysis
  • Live journalism performances
  • Digital storytelling
  • News satire


  • Director of Communications, Mills College
  • Managing Editor, Globus Journal, University of San Francisco


  • UC Berkeley, Master of Journalism, 2005
  • University of Texas at Austin, BA in English and Bachelor of Journalism, 1996

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct Professor in Communications, Mills College
  • John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, Stanford University
  • Associate Adjunct Professor, Saint Mary's College of California
  • Staff Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Assistant Editor, San Antonio Current

Awards & Distinctions

  • Fellow, Rooted & Written, San Francisco Writer’s Grotto, 2022
  • Individual Artist Commission, San Francisco Arts Commission, 2018
  • Selected to present at South by Southwest conference, 2016-2019
  • Fellow, First Look Media, 2014
  • First place, Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego chapter, Food Writing, 2011

Selected Publications

  • "Race, Representation and Satire," forthcoming in 2023 by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowan & Littlefield
  • KQED: “African-American Comedy in a Time of Black Exodus”
  • “News Hangover,” a comedy-news webseries for women
  • San Francisco Chronicle: “Streets of MLK cry out the dream is incomplete / Memorials to a uniter who preached peaceful resolutions seem destined to mark poverty and violence in black neighborhoods”
  • FRONTLINE/World: “Belarus Election 2004, The View from the Underground”