Who We Are

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The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) is a trailblazer in the study of political communication, journalism and media. 

As the only school of its kind in the capital of politics and media, SMPA excels at bringing Washington into the classroom. The SMPA community benefits from access to an extensive network, events with political and media leaders and a prime location to explore the interplay of media and politics.

In an era of dramatic change and information overload, we provide the skills, theory, ethics and experience necessary to communicate effectively and inspire change.

Our faculty members are top academics and professionals in their fields, bringing extensive experience and networks of knowledge into the classroom and beyond.

Our graduates are leaders in advocacy, politics, business and journalism and our students engage the world around them through internships and access to decision-makers, community leaders and power brokers.


Inside SMPA

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Frank Sesno, SMPA Director

Frank Sesno is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who spent 21 years at CNN where he served as Washington Bureau Chief, White House Correspondent and anchor. He has interviewed five U.S. presidents and thousands of political, business and civic leaders, from Hillary Clinton to Walter Cronkite.
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Broadcast Studio and Facilities

SMPA offers students access to a wide array of state-­of-­the-­art ­production and broadcasting facilities. Students enrolled in specific SMPA courses can use this industry­-standard equipment to learn and practice the craft of visual storytelling.

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Visit Us

SMPA is housed in the Media and Public Affairs building on GW's main Foggy Bottom Campus. Prospective undergraduate students and graduate students can request a tour of the school and meeting with students or faculty.


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