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Join the White House Historical Association for the third installment of its 2023 Quarterly Lecture Series, “Black Voices in the Media,” moderated by Emmy award-winning journalist and former CNN White House Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief Frank Sesno, and featuring a conversation about how diversity and race in the media have shaped the American presidency and those who cover it. Guest panelists will also discuss their experiences covering the White House and the importance of diversity in their careers.


Frank Sesno currently serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, where he also teaches classes on the art of the interview, journalism ethics, documentary and sustainability reporting. He was previously the school's director for 11 years, leading SMPA's nearly two dozen world-class faculty.

He created, a multi-platform project that brings students and experts together to examine sustainable innovations that “move the planet forward.” The project is headquartered at the School of Media and Public Affairs.

Guest Panelists:

  • Kevin Corke, White House and Senior National Correspondent for Fox News Channel
  • Abby Phillip, Anchor of CNN Newsnight with Abby Phillip
  • April Ryan, White House Correspondent for The Grio

WHEN: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 5:30 – 6:30 pm EST; Reception to follow

WHERE: The White House Historical Association, 740 Jackson Pl NW, Washington, DC 20006

This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited, and an RSVP will be required. RSVP HERE.

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About the White House Historical Association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the nonprofit, nonpartisan White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $115 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

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