Keli Dailey: She’s Got the Scoop on News Satire

May 4 - On The Dot
FIRST THOUGHT: The News, With a Side of Sass

When I was in school, one of my favorite times of the day was recess, not so much because I was desperate to hang from the monkey bars, but because that’s when my group of girlfriends gathered at the edge of the playground for our daily gossip circle. We’d cover all the news that’s fit to dish, from Johnny’s wild mohawk hairdo to the coolest new shop at the mall to whether the substitute teacher would surprise us with a pop quiz.

For years, this daily hen party acted as my life’s news outlet. And even once I outgrew such trivial chitchat, I felt a lot more grounded when I stayed connected to what was going on in others’ lives and around the world. So, in the end, I guess I have my teenage gossip circle to thank for my penchant to stay informed!


Are you a news hound? Do you scour media websites throughout the workday and set up notifications on your smartphone so that you never miss a single breaking-news story, whether it’s a detailed account of the most recent political scandal, particulars about NASA’s latest exploration mission or just to get your daily baby giraffe fix? Ladies, you are not alone. Lots of us find value in staying informed. And in today’s busy and thoroughly connected world, many of us prefer to get our breaking news from the screen—but not necessarily the TV screen.

According to the Pew Research Center, 4 in 10 American adults get their news online, whether through websites, from social media or through apps. Though TV news still reigns supreme, for the time being anyway, digital news outlets have already eclipsed the popularity of radio news and that long-held institution of reporting: the newspaper.

WOMAN TO WATCH: Keli Dailey, Journalist and Teacher

Today’s Woman to Watch is one heck of a news hound herself. In fact, Keli Dailey spent more than 15 years working as a serious journalist, breaking news at a variety of distinguished media outlets, from the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine to the San Francisco Chronicle. Then she discovered the cure for what can often be a draining and all-consuming endeavor: comedy.

In 2014, after decades of journalism work, Keli had a realization: There was no Daily Show for women. So, like any hardworking, entrepreneurial-minded woman, she decided to launch her own comedy-based news show. Thus, News Hangover was born, a comedy-news web series specifically aimed at young women. Keli tackled serious issues, like mental illness, economics and politics, but in a way that was approachable, informative and definitely LOL-worthy. Offering up news scoops with a side of humor turned out to be a stellar career move for this dedicated woman who was already a pillar of the journalism community.

These days, Keli teaches others how to take real-life, serious events and spin them into something poignant yet hilarious. At Saint Mary’s College of California, Keli teaches a course titled News Satire: Understanding and Making Comedy News, demonstrating that writing and speaking satirically requires determination, a commitment to due diligence and a certain witty mindset. As Keli well knows, transitioning from being an unbiased journalist to a satirical one can take some time and a bit of a mental shift. But ultimately, she understands that oftentimes, it’s the satirical news that sinks the deepest into our minds. For instance, during a 2017 South By Southwest panel, Keli delved into how humor can accidentally educate people. How powerful is that?

We’re thankful for ladies like Keli who keep us informed (and unapologetically giggling) with smart takes on current events served up with a welcome side of humor. And we couldn’t agree more with Keli’s keys to living a good life: work hard, believe in yourself and bring on the bottomless mimosa brunch!


With Keli Dailey in mind, today’s quote and frank piece of advice comes from wise satirist Benjamin Franklin, who said:

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

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