Chakka Reeves is a digital storyteller with an educational background, social justice lens and a mental library of media references. As Industry Pathways Manager for Free Spirit Media, Chakka leads Free Spirit Media’s creative workforce development initiatives—providing underrepresented emerging media-makers ages 18-25 with professional development, production and skills training, mentorship and work-placed opportunities.
Chakka is also a multimedia producer. Her projects include the short film Fuzzy Legs (2018), many short non-fiction video pieces, and the Highwater podcast, a forum for artists and creatives to share their stories. Her work as an educator and consultant includes clients such as After School Matters, Alternative Schools Network (Chicago), Columbia College Chicago’s Convergence Academies Program, Rebuild Foundation and School of the Art Institute’s Continuing Education Department.
In addition to advising, teaching and producing video and digital content, Chakka is an avid essayist. Her written work has been featured in publications such as The Root, Black Girl in Om and The Lighthouse.