Frank Sesno

Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno, now the director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, will visit the Sewanee campus Thursday, Nov. 6, to meet with students and give a public talk. His talk, "Reflections on the 2014 Elections," will be given at 2 p.m. in Convocation Hall, and is expected to cover both politics and the media.

During his visit, Sesno will also meet with several groups of students and with Sewanee’s representatives in the Planet Forward Consortium.

Frank Sesno has more than 30 years of experience reporting from around the world. Well known as anchor, White House correspondent and talk show host with CNN, he is also a nationally renowned moderator who has engaged some of the world’s leading personalities.

Sesno joined CNN in 1984 and for seven years was White House correspondent before moving to the anchor chair. From 1996 through 2001, he served as the network’s Washington, D.C., bureau chief.

Sesno has interviewed world leaders including five U.S. Presidents—George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter—as well as Benjamin Netanyahu, Margaret Thatcher, Yasser Arafat, Hosni Mubarak and many others. His documentaries have included “Iran: Fact or Fiction,” whichexplored Iran’s nuclear program; “Rumsfeld:  Man of War;”We Were Warned: Tomorrow’s Oil Crisis;” and “Avoiding Armageddon,” an eight-hour PBS series examining terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and failed states.

Sesno created and hosts, a user-driven Web and television project that brings students and experts together to examine innovations in sustainability and global food security. Sesno also launched, a nonpartisan content hub dedicated to highlighting factual information during the 2012 election cycle.

Sesno’s work has earned several prestigious journalism awards including a national and regional Emmy; several CableAce awards, Clarion Award, and Cine Golden Eagle awards; and an Overseas Press Club Award. At GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs, Sesno leads nearly two dozen faculty members who research and teach journalism, political communication and the impact of digital media in international affairs. He teaches classes on journalism ethics, documentary, sustainability reporting, and “the art of the interview.”


Convocation Hall