“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
— Mahatma Ghandi
Imani M. Cheers is an award-winning multimedia producer and assistant professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., which she joined in May 2013. Before joining the faculty at GW, Cheers was director of educational “PBS NewsHour,” where she managed all educational resources for the program’s website, which averages more than 50,000 hits a day and more than 10 million unique visitors a year. She also managed the show’s student reporting labs program, a global journalism initiative that has partnered with sites in the Middle East, Africa, and South America.
Cheers received her BFA in photography at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, a master’s degree in African studies and research from Howard University, and her doctorate in mass communications and media studies at Howard. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association for Media Literacy Education, and Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN), and was named a 2013 New Media Fellow with the International Reporting Project.
Cheers has been using Adobe products for over a decade in her professional and personal work. As an educator, she enjoys challenging students and colleagues to use digital tools to engage audiences and reach their potential.