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Frank Sesno Joins Faculty at George Mason University

Mar. 11, 2002

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FAIRFAX, Va.---Frank Sesno, former senior vice president and Washington, D.C., bureau chief for CNN, has joined the George Mason University faculty as University Professor of Public Policy and Communication. He will teach courses in the School of Public Policy and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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 is keenly aware of the unique and important role that the media plays in creating an informed public, and we are very proud to have him on the George Mason team," says President Alan Merten. "I am impressed with his commitment to the education of young people and to informing the general public of the key policy issues that we face in the United States."

Sesno will teach an undergraduate communication course and a graduate course in public policy, as well as a course on current issues for the larger university community. In addition to his teaching role, Sesno will hold a series of forums on journalism, the media and public policy, and will host regular on-air town meetings on GMU-TV.

"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."

Sesno is collaborating with the university and WETA-TV to develop a weekly, local 30-minute public affairs series. The purpose of the program is to combine the reach and mission of public television with the intellect, expertise and diversity the university has to offer.

In addition, Sesno is working with a Washington-based production company, Team Video, to produce a two-hour documentary on the life and legacy of President Ronald Reagan, which will air on the History Channel.

Sesno won an Emmy for coverage of the 1993 flooding in the Midwest. He also received a CableAce Award for coverage of the superpower summits; a Houston International Film Festival Award for his interview of the Mexican president; a Worldfest Houston Silver Award for his profile "Man of Courage"; an Overseas Press Club Award for best spot news reporting from abroad; a National Press Club Award for best consumer reporting on the breakup of the Bell system; and Lincoln University's Unity Award for his 1992 documentary on economic dislocation in the United States.

Before serving as Washington bureau chief, Sesno was executive editor of the Washington bureau, host of "Late Edition with Frank Sesno," anchor of "The World Today" and "International Hour" and a White House correspondent. He joined CNN in 1984 from Associated Press Radio, where he was an overseas correspondent in London and a White House correspondent.

Sesno received a bachelor's degree in American history from Middlebury College and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the Monterrey Institute of International Studies. He serves as a trustee of Middlebury College and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.