Cheriss May

Cheriss is a visual journalist and adjunct professor at Howard University, her alma mater, in Washington D.C. She has been teaching for 18 years, and was selected by Adobe in May 2019 as an Adobe education leader. She is passionate about history, art, culture and storytelling through photography.

Cheriss is the president of Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), and co-chair of the photography committee at The National Press Club. As a photojournalist, she covers the White House, Capitol Hill, news, entertainment, and culture. She has been published in O Magazine, Essence, Time, The White House Historical Association, The New York Times, and ESPN. Cheriss’s photo of Michelle Obama was featured in Obama’s ABC interview with Robin Roberts.

Cheriss’s work is featured in a group exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, which will go on a national tour, and return to the museum for permanent exhibition. Her work has also been exhibited in FotoWeekDC, and other shows in the Washington, D.C. area. In 2016, Cheriss received the Acts of Kindness™ Outstanding Community Service Award, with a citation from Governor Hogan, and the Howard University School of Communications Chair’s award for outstanding service.

Originally from Kansas City, Mo., Cheriss currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area.