Frank Sesno is an internationally recognized journalist with over 30 years of experience reporting from around the world. Well known as a former anchor, White House correspondent, and interview host with CNN, he is also a nationally renowned moderator that has engaged some of the world’s leading personalities including five American Presidents.
As Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, Sesno works with dozens of faculty to advance the study, teaching, and practice of journalism, digital media, and political communication. He teaches a range of courses, including the art and genre of documentary, journalistic ethics, and bias in news media. Mr. Sesno is also the host and creator of Planet Forward, a ground-breaking web-to-television show seen on PBS and Bloomberg TV that focuses on energy, climate, and sustainability issues.
Mr. Sesno has won several prestigious journalistic awards including a national and regional Emmy, several CableAce, Clarion, and Cine Golden Eagle awards, a Lincoln Unity award, and an Overseas Press Club Award.
Mr. Sesno holds an honors degree in American History and graduated cum laude from Middlebury College. He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1995 by the Monterrey Institute of International Studies in California, and received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from his alma mater, Middlebury College in 2009.