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Frank W. Sesno Faculty Member

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Frank Sesno serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. Prior to this position, he led the school for 11 years as its Director. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and creator of Planet Forward, a multi-media storytelling platform that celebrates compelling narratives in sustainability and science. Sesno hosts the Planet Forward summit as well as the monthly Planet Forward video series on Peril and Promise, PBS’s digital platform, which focuses on climate change and sustainability. He also hosts a podcast, Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic, a co-production of the GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the School of Media and Public Affairs. Sesno teaches classes on environmental reporting, ethics in journalism, documentary, and “the art of the interview.” He is the author of Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change, which illustrates how the right questions at the right time lead to creativity, success, empathy, and discovery. Sesno’s diverse career spans four decades in journalism, including 21 years at CNN, where he served as White House correspondent, anchor, Sunday talk show host, and Washington Bureau Chief. Before joining CNN, Sesno worked as a radio correspondent for the Associated Press at the White House and in London. He has won several prestigious journalistic awards, including an Emmy, several cable ACE awards, and an Overseas Press Club Award. An experienced questioner who incorporates persistence, warmth, and wit, Sesno has interviewed five U.S. presidents and engaged with some of the world’s leading figures in politics, business, science, and culture including Bill Gates, Walter Cronkite, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Stacey Abrams. He has moderated a wide range of events and conversations and worked with many influential organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Kavli Foundation, The US Global Leadership Coalition, The White House Historical Association, the Hospice Foundation of America, and others. Sesno serves on the board of directors for the Global Council for Science and the Environment and is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute. He serves on the Discovery Journalism Advisory Group and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves as an emeritus trustee of his alma mater, Middlebury College, from which he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History.

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