Former CNN Bureau Chief Is University Professor

Posted: March 12, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

Frank Sesno, former senior vice president and Washington, D.C., bureau chief for CNN, joins the faculty of the School of Public Policy and the College of Arts and Sciences this week as University Professor of Public Policy and Communication.

Sesno will teach an undergraduate special topics course on media bias in the Communication Department this fall, and next spring he will teach a graduate course in the School of Public Policy and a course on current issues for the larger university community. In addition to teaching, Sesno will hold a series of public forums on journalism, the media, and public policy, and will host regular on-air town meetings on GMU-TV. He also is collaborating with the university and WETA-TV to develop a weekly local 30-minute public affairs series that will combine the reach and mission of public television with the intellect, expertise, and diversity the university has to offer.

At CNN, Sesno supervised the network’s largest newsgathering team and was responsible for the editorial direction of Washington coverage, including the White House, Congress, the Pentagon, and the State Department. He also covered national issues and politics as a reporter, analyst, and anchor for CNN, and was host of the network’s weekend public affairs program, Late Edition with Frank Sesno, for seven years. Sesno won an Emmy for coverage of the 1993 flooding in the Midwest.

“I see this as an opportunity to drill down and look at some key issues in public policy and journalism–to make a difference on matters of policy and media,” says Sesno. “George Mason University was especially attractive to me because of its entrepreneurial nature and the opportunities it presents for serious academic pursuit. I’m looking forward to working with the students, and hope to bring to George Mason my passion for quality journalism along with public and academic engagement.”

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