Four-Time Emmy Award Winner Joins SMPA Staff

Media and Public Affairs Building
April 01, 2019


Linda Lashendock joins the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs as Manager, Media and Instructional Technology on Monday after 16 years at Elon University and following a 20-year career at CNN.

Linda has been honored with two Edward R. Murrow Awards, four Emmy Awards and one White House Special Recognition Award. During her 20-year career at CNN, she served as White House video editor and then as manager of news production. 

Prior to joining SMPA, she served as the founding audio and video archives technologist at Elon University. She joined Elon University in 2003 as assistant director for Elon Television in the Teaching and Learning Technology Department and distinguished herself with multiple awards for exemplary service as well as Broadcast Education Association and Telly awards for video production at the university.

“We are extremely lucky to have found the ideal candidate in Linda,” said SMPA Director Frank Sesno. “Linda has enthusiasm for new ideas and a passion for creativity. She looks forward to working with faculty, staff and students at SMPA to maximize access to and use of our production, graphic and studio facilities.”

At CNN, she was responsible for designing and managing the Washington bureau's first standalone graphics suite. Linda traveled to more than 65 countries as White House producer/editor over the course of three presidencies.  

Linda also served on the Alamance County Teach of the Year committee for the last eight years and was awarded the 2017 Alamance County Volunteer of the Year.  

Working in conjunction with the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Office of Technology Services, Linda will oversee SMPA’s broadcast studio, production facilities and work closely with faculty and students in SMPA’s multimedia courses.