Imani Cheers

Imani M. Cheers

Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs
MPA 512
Address: School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Phone: 202-994-7932
Fax: 202-994-5806

Areas of Expertise

Multimedia Production, International/Field Reporting, Photojournalism, Media Literacy Education


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 GWU, Cheers was director of educational resources for 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 NewsHour’s student reporting labs program, a global journalism initiative. Previously, she was a producer/writer at Howard University Television and a multimedia producer at She was also a community organizer at the DC Rape Crisis Center in Washington, D.C. She received her BFA in Photography at Washington University in St. Louis, a Master’s degree in African Studies and Research with a concentration in Women's Studies from Howard University and her doctorate in Mass Communications and Media Studies at Howard. Her area of expertise is the intersection of women/girls, technology and health/conflict/agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association for Media Literacy Education, DAWN (Diaspora African Women's Network) and a 2013 New Media Fellow with the International Reporting Project.


Ph.D., Howard University, 2010
M.A. Howard University, 2007
B.F.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2002

Classes Taught

SMPA 2112: Intro to Digital Production
SMPA 3232: Online Journalism Workshop

Faculty Soundbite

"I challenge students to think differently and see the world differently."
Assistant Professor Imani M. Cheers describes why mentoring students is fulfilling. 
The Faculty Soundbites Series reveals the most captivating and rewarding aspects of SMPA professors' work in the field and in the classroom.

The Cheers Report

Imani M. Cheers, the cheers report

Hotline Aims to Save Vulnerable Lives in Ghana

Watch this video to learn more about Ghanaians whose lives are impacted by the “Text Me! Flash Me” hotline services one call at a time. From "Hotline Aims to Save Vulnerable Lives in Ghana," by Imani M. Cheers, December 2013.

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