Kem Knapp Sawyer

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Kem is an editor at the Pulitzer Center and director of its Campus Consortium student fellow program. She has reported on children at risk in Congo, Haiti, Bangladesh, and India. Kem co-authored Congo's Children, a Pulitzer Center e-book, with Jon Sawyer.

Kem's books for young readers include Grace Akallo and the Pursuit of Justice for Child Soldiers, Refugees: Seeking a Safe Haven, and The Underground Railroad in American History, and biographies of Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi, Anne Frank, Lucretia Mott, 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.

A graduate of Yale University, Kem majored in English and French. She has taught creative dramatics in elementary schools, English and drama in high school, and writing in the BFA program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Kem and her husband, executive director Jon Sawyer, have three daughters.

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