Frank Sesno Anchor and Washington Bureau Chief, CNN (1984-2009) and Director, School of Media & Public Affairs George Washington University
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A 21-year veteran at CNN, Frank helped shape the revolution in television news. CNN changed the way the world communicates, and Frank was on the front lines – as White House correspondent, anchor, Sunday talk show host, and Washington Bureau Chief.
As a reporter, Frank covered the White House during the dramatic days of the Reagan and Bush Administrations, including the fall of the Berlin Wall.
As an anchor and host, Frank interviewed five American Presidents – Carter, Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton, Bush (43) – and countless political, foreign, and business leaders. He has also moderated conversations with Jack Welch, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, Sean Spicer, and Nancy Pelosi.
At the George Washington University, Frank is dedicated to educating the next generation of journalists and political communicators. While technology and the business markets have changed, he tells young people that the basic role of credible, solid, sourced information has not. It is, he argues, a cornerstone of our democracy.
At George Washington, Frank inaugurated the Conversation Series to expose young people to some of the most informative – and inspiring – personalities. He also started an innovative web-to-television series on energy and climate change called Planetforward.
Frank recently authored a book titled Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change. In it, he illustrates that what connects the world's most successful people is that they ask the right questions at the right time.
Frank has won several prestigious awards, including an Emmy, for his work. He brings a uniquely broad perspective and a truly global outlook.