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White House History with Frank Sesno Quarterly Lecture Series

White House History with Frank Sesno Quarterly Lecture Series

The White House Historical Association's 2023 Quarterly Lecture Series, White House History with Frank Sesno will feature four lectures dealing with various topics about the rich history of the Executive Mansion.

Topics related to the White House and media will include: television and the presidency, women’s role in media, Black voices in journalism, and the impact of the 24-hour news cycle on the White House. Speakers and additional information are forthcoming.

We are pleased to concurrently announce the new edition of White House History Quarterly: White House and Television. This edition of the award-winning journal published by the White House Historical Association dives into the role that television has played in the White House, from First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s televised tour of the White House to the authenticity of television shows.

About Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than thirty years of experience reporting from around the world. Well known as bureau chief, anchor, White House Correspondent and talk show host on CNN, he is also a nationally renowned moderator who has engaged some of the world’s leading personalities, and he appears regularly on U.S. and international media.

Frank has interviewed heads of state including five U.S. Presidents and many other influential figures such as Benyamin Netanyahu, Condoleezza Rice, Anderson Cooper, Karl Rove, Bill Gates, Walter Cronkite, Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell. He has interviewed Nobel prize-winning scientists, renowned economists, Hollywood celebrities, CEOs, best-selling authors and leaders from a wide range of industries.

Frank 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.