Kem's books for young readers include Refugees: Seeking a Safe Haven, The Underground Railroad in American History, Lucretia Mott: Friend of Justice, Freedom Calls: Journey of a Slave Girl, and biographies of Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi, Anne Frank, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Christian Science Monitor, Scholastic News, Cobblestone, and The Five Owls. She is also a contributor to the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Travel Guides.
Kem works at the Pulitzer Center as an editor and mentor for the university student fellows who receive international reporting grants. She also edits "Untold Stories" and e-books for the Pulitzer Center—most recently Flight from Syria: Refugee Stories. Her reporting projects include writing on children at risk in Congo, Haiti, Bangladesh, and India. Kem co-authored the Congo's Children e-book with Jon Sawyer.
A graduate of Yale University, Kem majored in English and French. She was a teacher for many years: creative dramatics in elementary schools, English and drama in high school, and writing in the BFA program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Visit www.kemsawyer.com.