About

 

MELEIKA GARDNER

Background

In an interview, Evanston Public Library described Meleika as being “on an inspiring path with twists and turns including years spent in Atlanta and Los Angeles, oftentimes rubbing shoulders and working with well known artists and producers.” As a young woman, Meleika toured with La Face Records, a joint venture with artist/producers Babyface and L.A. Reid (Arista Records). Touring with La Face were Damian Dame, TLC, Outkast, Usher, and many others. Meleika also worked with Concord Music Group learning from then co-owner Norman Lear. She did casting for independent films.

Returning to Evanston in 2013, Meleika noticed Evanston did not have a video platform
that allowed residents a voice on local issues. With her background in entertainment and production, she grabbed her phone and hit the streets to hear from the people guerilla style. These exchanges became the podcast that later birthed Evanston Live TV. During the local elections, Meleika put candidates in her car to interview them, bringing the Evanston candidates into homes via social media. Residents and city officials acknowledged that Evanston Live TV was partially responsible for the highest voter turn-out since the 1970s.

ELTV has become known for promoting people, brands, and organizations on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Channel 6 Evanston News. Some of her video episodes have received over 100k views. Since then, Meleika’s Evanston Live TV has led to hosting events for nonprofit organizations such as the Evanston Community Foundation, organizing press conferences for political figures, and moderating panel discussions for such organizations as the NAACP. Her latest venture is her work with the We Will Women organization that helps women and children get involved in drafting legislation. Drawing on her passion and communication abilities, Meleika co-authored an Amendment to State Representative La Shawn K. Ford’s education Bills HB4954 and HB5851 and mobilized a coalition for support. Recently, Representative Ford and Meleika have launched a new radio program on iHeart Radio WVON and WCPT Progressive Talk titled Chicago Heal, addressing Chicago violence and community mental health.

Meleika Gardner is a proud Community Engagement Specialist assisting Evanston in furthering its messaging of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. Evanston Live TV is the voice of the people!

Awarded Community Leadership Person of the Year 2021 by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.

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Work

Evanston Live TV

Returning to Evanston in 2013, Meleika noticed Evanston did not have a video platform that allowed residents a voice on local issues. With her background in entertainment and production, she grabbed her phone and hit the streets to hear from the people guerilla style. These exchanges became the podcast that later birthed Evanston Live TV. During the local elections, Meleika put candidates in her car to interview them, bringing the Evanston candidates into homes via social media. Residents and city officials acknowledged that Evanston Live TV was partially responsible for the highest voter turn-out since the 1970s.

ELTV has become known for promoting people, brands, and organizations on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Channel 6 Evanston News. Some of her video episodes have received over 100k views. Since then, Meleika’s Evanston Live TV has led to hosting events for nonprofit organizations such as the Evanston Community Foundation, organizing press conferences for political figures, and moderating panel discussions for such organizations as the NAACP. Meleika Gardner is a proud Community Engagement Specialist assisting Evanston in furthering its messaging of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity along the North Shore and Chicagoland area. Evanston Live TV is the voice of the people!

 

Legislation

Her latest ventures include her work as board member with the We Will Women organization that helps women and children get involved in drafting legislation. Drawing on her passion and communication abilities, Meleika co-authored an Amendment with State Representative La Shawn K. Ford’s education Bills HB4954 and HB5851 and mobilized a coalition for support. Both Bills were added to the Black Caucus Agenda and were passed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on March 8, 2021.

Chicago Heal

Meleika also produces Chicago Heal with Representative Ford on iHeart Radio WVON, WCPT Progressive Talk Radio, and CAN TV, addressing Chicago violence, trauma, and mental/emotional health services.


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