Making the News


Panelists sit on stage in front of a blue screen

Political Communicators Tackle Ethics Questions

Former John McCain press secretary and “Meet the Press” director were among panelists at Project on Ethics in Political Communication launch.
Senator Leahy and Janet Steele pose with an award plaque in a Senate hearing room

SMPA Institute Honors Senator Leahy for Commitment to Public Diplomacy

Professor Janet Steele awarded the Vermont senator the Walter Roberts Award for Congressional Leadership in Public Diplomacy during a Capitol Hill ceremony.


Nasser Diallo

Building a New Start at SMPA

From political asylum, Nasser Diallo arrived in the U.S. speaking only French. Now, with support from the SMPA community, he's on a path for success in politics.

GoING Beyond the Classroom

Subscribe to News and Events at the Forefront of Media and Politics 



Conversation Series

Sean Spicer and Frank Sesno


The Conversation Series brings prominent decision-makers and journalists to campus for discussions on current events, politics, the media and their take on the world around us.

The series is moderated by Frank Sesno, the SMPA director and a former CNN correspondent, anchor and D.C. bureau chief.

Recent speakers include Chuck Todd, Sean Spicer and Nancy Pelosi.


Watch Past Events ►