Meet the Director


Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs

Frank Sesno is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than thirty years of experience reporting from around the world. Well known as an anchor, White House Correspondent and talk show host on CNN, he is also a nationally renowned moderator who has engaged some of the world’s leading personalities and appears regularly on U.S. and international media.

Frank currently serves as director of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs where he leads over two dozen world-class faculty members and teaches classes on “The Art of the Interview,” journalism ethics and sustainability reporting.

Frank has interviewed heads of state including five U.S. Presidents and many other influential figures such as Bill Gates, Benyamin Netanyahu, Condoleezza Rice, Anderson Cooper, Karl Rove, Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell. He has interviewed Nobel prize-winning scientists, renowned economists, Hollywood celebrities, CEOs, best-selling authors and leaders from a wide range of industries.

He remains active in media, appearing on television and radio around the world on CNN, BBC, NPR, CBC, Al Jazeera and Chinese Television. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Politico and many others have turned to Frank for his observations and analysis. Frank hosts an annual Chesapeake Bay Summit with Maryland Public Television and recently narrated two feature-length documentaries, The Limits of Hope: Inside Obama’s White House (2016) and My Dear Children (2017), a film about “faith, family and tragedy” resulting from pogroms after the Russian Revolution.

He created, a user-driven web and television project that brings students and experts together to examine sustainable innovations that “move the planet forward.” The project is produced by GW’s Center for Innovative Media.

Frank has won several prestigious journalism awards, including an Emmy, several cable ACE awards and an Overseas Press Club Award. Frank is a member of the Board of Trustees at Middlebury College, AmeriCares and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also chair of the Posse Foundation Washington Advisory Board.


“What we do at SMPA matters now more than ever. As technology, media and politics change, our students are the next generation of journalists and communicators inventing the future.”

Frank Sesno

Director, School of Media and Public Affairs