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Frank Sesno

Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs; Director, School of Media and Public Affairs
Room 400
Address: School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-6227
Fax: 202-994-5806

Areas of Expertise

Media and public policy; issues of fairness and bias in news media; impact of global real-time media on war and terrorism


Frank Sesno is an Emmy-award winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience, including 18 years at CNN, where he serves as a special correspondent. His current work at CNN involves producing documentaries. His last program titled, "We Were Warned: Tomorrow's Oil Crisis," aired on CNN this past March and April. Prior to working as special correspondent, Sesno served as White House correspondent, anchor, and Washington Bureau Chief. He teaches how the media affects the creation of public policy and is a host and producer of in-depth specials and mini-series on PBS and The History Channel.

As a journalist, Sesno has interviewed business and government leaders including U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan and former General Electric Co. CEO Jack Welch, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He covered stories ranging from the Iraq War, the disputed U.S. presidential election of 2000, and the historic series of superpower summits during the 1980s.

Before joining CNN in 1984, Sesno worked as a radio correspondent at the White House and in London for the Associated Press. He has won several prestigious journalism awards, including an Emmy, several cable ACE awards, and an Overseas Press Club Award. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Sesno holds a Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College.


B.A., Middlebury College

Classes Taught

SMPA 3479 Art and Genre of Documentary

SMPA 4199 Senior Seminar: Journalism