D. Michael Cheers
...D. Michael Cheers is director of photography for The Fourth Estate and The Third Sector.He
first camera at age nine, a Christmas gift from his
grandmother, who was a domestic worker in St. Louis.Studying the text and photo essays by Life Magazine photojournalist Gordon Parks helped Cheers make an early decision about pursuing a career in photojournalism.
After a 1975 summer internship at the Boston Globe
was hired by the newspaper.He transferred his college credits to Boston University and earned a BS in journalism in 1977.He went on to earn two masters degrees from Boston University - a MS in journalism and a MA in African American Studies.
The allure of travel offered by Ebony and Jet magazine editors convinced Cheers
to move to Chicago, where he
soon began covering assignments throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa.In 1989 he began his doctoral work in African Studies and Research at Howard University.
Later that year, he
helped organize the "Songs of My People" documentary photo project.His
1993 documentary short film on Goree Island, in Senegal (West Africa), was regularly re-broadcast on National Geographic Television.In 1987, his
photo essay of a desolate, drought-stricken village in Mozambique, prompted a medical group in the U.S. to assist Cheers
in raising $50,000 in cash and medical supplies.He
returned to the village nine months later and drilled water wells helping villagers tap underground streams that provided drinking water where it had not rained in 10 years.A few months before he
PhD from Howard University
in 1994, Cheers
won a Fulbright to South Africa.With added assistance from Kodak and Time Warner
taught photojournalism to township children and disadvantaged freelance photographers.He
brought Gordon Parks to South Africa to help judge and critic the photographers' works.Dr. Cheers was promoted to managing editor of Ebony South Africa, where he continued training disenfranchised reporters and photographers.
joined the journalism faculty at The University of Mississippi
in August 2002.He is a professor of photojournalism and magazine journalism. email@example.com