Imani Cheers

Imani M. Cheers

Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs
MPA 512, Office Hours M/W 10:00am - 11:00am by appt.
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 and a multimedia producer for the PBS NewsHour, a producer/writer at Howard University Television and a multimedia producer at 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.

Cheers’ areas of expertise are the intersection of women/girls, technology and health/conflict/agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and diversity in Hollywood, specifically the representation of Black women in television. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, DAWN (Diaspora African Women's Network) and a 2013 New Media Fellow with the International Reporting Project.

Currently, Cheers is a faculty advisor for the inaugural Emerging Leaders for Food Security program with Land O’Lakes, Inc. She recently launched her production company, Cheers Media Group and regularly updates her blog, The Cheers Report. Cheers is also writing her first book, a historical and contemporary analysis of black women in Hollywood set for publication in 2016.



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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