Kelly Candaele is a writer, filmmaker, professor and elected official in Los Angeles. For the past ten years Mr. Candaele has written extensively for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Nation magazine the International Herald Tribune and Salon. He traveled to Ireland three times with President Bill Clinton during Clinton’s attempts to push the Northern Ireland peace process forward. His journalistic work has focused primarily on the conflict in Northern Ireland, Los Angeles political developments, history, culture and baseball. In addition to Northern Ireland he has worked as a journalist in Great Britain, Brazil, Sweden, Cuba, Spain, Australia and Vietnam. Mr. Candaele has lectured at Hebrew University in Jerusalem about the conflict in Northern Ireland, and has been a lecturer in writing and leadership development at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Mr. Candaele has produced and directed a number of documentary films. His documentary film A League of Their Own, about his mother’s years as a professional baseball player in the 1940s, was awarded an Area Emmy as part of a public television series. He wrote the story for the Columbia Pictures feature film about the women’s league which stared Tom Hanks and Madonna. His brother Casey played for parts of ten years in the major leagues coming up with Montreal and also playing for Houston and Cleveland. Mr. Candaele also produced and wrote an award-winning documentary on the life of assassinated Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, which was narrated by actor Paul Newman. In 2007 Mr. Candaele’s documentary film When Hope and History Rhymed – which explores the aftermath of the Northern Ireland peace agreement – premiered at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. The film has being shown throughout Ireland and the United States.
His documentary film from 2009 – Second Chances – Union Made – looks at how former gang members have turned their lives around by joining building trades unions to help re-build the City of Los Angeles. It premiered at Paramount Studios in April, 2008 and has aired on several public television stations. His 2010 documentary film, El Clasico – More Than a Game, looked at Spanish history and politics through the soccer rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. The film has screened througout Europe and the United States. In 2014 Mr. Candaele Directed and Produced another film on soccer, history and politics – this time in India. Goal Kolkata examined the role of soccer in the anti-colonial struggle in India and in the partition of India in 1947.
As part of his film and journalism work Mr. Candaele has interviewed former German Chancellor Willy Brandt, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Bill Clinton, Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds, Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Cyrus Vance, former United States Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, African National Congress President Oliver Tambo, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume.
In 1996 Mr. Candaele ran for and was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District. He is one of seven members who oversee the nine-college district that enrolls over 130,000 students a year. He served as President of the Board in 2000, 2004 and 2009.
Mr. Candaele obtained a Masters Degree in Psychology and Counseling from California State University, Chico in 1979 and studied European History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.