Kelly Boyer Sagert, a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), has sold thousands of pieces of her writing to magazines, newspapers, online sites, encyclopedias and literary journals. She was part of the Emmy-Award-nominated team that created the documentary Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story that appeared on PBS.
She received sole writing credits for the documentary and the same team is now working on bringing the story of Victoria Woodhill to life. Woodhull was the first woman to publicly address Congress (1870), the first to run for president of the United States (1872), and the first – along with her sister, Tennessee Claflin – to serve as a stockbroker on Wall Street, among other firsts for women.
Sagert has written fourteen books and contributed material to more than one dozen other books. Her most recent release is Hidden History of Lorain County (History Press, 2018).
She has taught writing classes for Writers Digest University since the program’s inception in 2000.
Sagert served as managing editor of Northern Ohio’s Over the Back Fence for nearly four years (1997-2001). This magazine, which profiled the art, history, intriguing people and fascinating places along Lake Erie’s shores, was nominated by Writer’s Digest for their “Top 100 Award” in 1998 and 1999. She served as the contributing editor for the Southern Ohio edition of Over the Back Fence as well, and she also edited five trade magazines and numerous business directories, community guides and travel planners for the company.
Sagert currently works fulltime as a writer, editor, and speaker. She writes biographical and educational material for encyclopedias and other anthologies, including publications put out by Macmillan and Gale Group, Charles Scribner’s Sons, ME Sharpe, Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, University of Indiana Press and Facts on File. She also writes marketing materials and ghost blogs for a wide variety of companies.
She speaks regularly on communications issues at writer’s conferences and workshops, including the ASJA conference held in New York City, plus those held at The Ohio State University, Youngstown State, Kent State University, Bowling Green State University and Lorain County Community College. She has spoken at Jacobs Field (the Cleveland Indians stadium) and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and she appeared on an ESPN2 program called “The Top Five Reasons You Can’t Blame the Black Sox.”