Director, Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs
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Media Innovation, Media and Politics, Political Coverage, the Cable Industry, Media Ethics, Energy and Climate, and Documentary.
B.A., Middlebury College, 1977
SMPA 179 Documentary
SMPA 199 Senior Seminar - Journalism
Frank Sesno is Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, an Emmy-award winning journalist, and host and creator of Planet Forward
, a ground-breaking web-to-television show seen on PBS and Bloomberg TV. He is chief executive of Face the Facts USA, a new nonpartisan, multi-platform content hub and civic engagement initiative dedicated to elevating the tone of national debate with provocative facts found at facethefactsusa.org
Sesno's diverse career spans over 30 years of experience, including 21 years at CNN where Sesno served as White House correspondent, anchor, and Washington Bureau Chief. As a professor of journalism ethics, documentary genre, and issues of
fairness in media, he teaches how the media affects the creation of public policy. He has also hosted a ten-part series for public television that explores news and communication in the digital
age titled, The Future of News with Frank Sesno,
at the Newseum in Washington D.C.
As a journalist, Sesno has interviewed
business and government leaders including U.S. Presidents George W.
Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan and former
General Electric Co. CEO Jack Welch, the late Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He covered stories ranging from the Iraq
War, the disputed U.S. presidential election of 2000, and the historic
series of superpower summits during the 1980s.
Before joining CNN in 1984, Sesno worked as a radio correspondent at
the White House and in London for the Associated Press. He has won
several prestigious journalistic awards, including an Emmy, several
cable ACE awards, and an Overseas Press Club Award. He is a member of
the Council on Foreign Relations. Sesno holds a Bachelor of Arts degree
from Middlebury College and serves on the Washington Advisory Board of
the Posse Foundation, on the Board of Trustees of the Potomac School in
McLean, VA, and on the Educational Advisory Board of CINE 2009.