Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for the station's original productions across digital, radio, and television. She is also a moderator and on-camera host. For many years, Stanford was a journalist, producer, director and writer with a career spanning print, web, TV and independent film.
Her work has garnered four Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, CINE Golden Eagle, Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award and several Mid-Atlantic Emmy® nominations.
Her productions include the multi-platform projects Women in Science Profiles (WisciFiles) and Water Blues - Green Solutions, the television documentaries Holding History and As Long As We Dance, the web series Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings and The Geospatial Revolution and the multimedia project African American Chronicles. She is the narrator of Why We Dance: The Story of THON. Stanford is the past Chair of the PBS Digital Media Advisory Council. She is an interviewer and host for the radio program Take Note and a moderator of the Penn State Forum Speaker Series. Stanford was a 2016 Next Generation Leadership Senior Editorial Fellow and a 2011 CPB/PBS Producers Academy Fellow.
Before joining WPSU, she worked on several projects with her filmmaker icon Albert Maysles at Maysles Films in Harlem, New York, including the ESPN documentary Muhammad and Larry. Stanford also served as Production Coordinator for the election road-show series for Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, working with her mentor and friend, Gwen Ifill.
While earning her Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, Stanford served as the Assistant Director for The Maid, a short narrative film that premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. She earned a prestigious Future Faculty Fellowship and taught video production to undergraduates. In addition to creating her own work and teaching production courses to undergraduates at Temple, Stanford taught video production and media literacy to Philadelphia high school students. She has spoken at media education conferences at Harvard University and the Alliance for a Media Literate America and presented her work at conferences and film festivals around the country and the world.
Stanford began her career as a reporter and staff writer for the Charlotte Observer newspaper in North Carolina. She is a cum laude graduate of Duke University and a native of Jamaica.