Kem Knapp Sawyer

Kem Knapp Sawyer

Kem Knapp Sawyer

Contributing Editor | Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting

Kem Knapp Sawyer is a contributing editor at the Pulitzer Center and director of its student fellow program. She has reported on children at risk in Congo, Haiti, Bangladesh, and India.

Kem has a long-time interest in social justice issues. Her 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, as well as biographies of Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi, Anne Frank, Lucretia Mott, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, St. Louis Post Dispatch, and Christian Science Monitor. She co-authored Congo’s Children, a Pulitzer Center e-book, with her husband, Jon Sawyer.

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.


Keynote at Model UN
Children at Risk Pulitzer Center


Grace Akallo and the Pursuit of Justice for Child Soldiers (Out in Front)
The Amazing Underground Railroad (Stories in American History)
DK Biography: Harriet Tubman
DK Biography: Eleanor Roosevelt
Mohandas Gandhi (Champion of Freedom)