Teresa Anika White

Program Manager, Out-of-School Time

 

Teresa White is a multimedia journalist and educator with a love for producing uplifting, meaningful stories. For the last eight years, she's worked in youth media -- serving as an instructor and mentor to support youth in telling stories that matter most to them. After two successful internships at the Chicago Sun-Times and State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, her teaching journey started at Howe School of Excellence. Teresa created the campus' first journalism club for middle school youth. She then dived into working with high school teenagers as an instructor and editor of The Dime Child Foundation's DCX Magazine. She then reignited her art for visual storytelling by moving on to serve as the Program Coordinator and producer of FSM News, one of the many youth-led broadcast media programs at Free Spirit Media. Teresa helped teen participants create countless newscasts for Chicago's public access channel, CAN TV. The youth also produced several in-depth projects through a partnership and special initiative with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Many of the crew members' videos, including topics such as under resourced schools, LGBT discrimination and racial profiling, are award-winning and showcased in various festivals.

Currently as the program manager at Free Spirit Media, she oversees four after school programming teams at various sites. Most recently, she has created a documentary company called YellowBrick Films through which she hopes to enlighten her audience with new and more accurate perspectives on under- and misreported narratives. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Teresa resides in the south suburbs with her husband, Apprentiss, and one-year-old, Amber. She is an alum of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism graduate program.