B.A., American History
379: What It’s Like to Be GWU’S Director of Media & Public Affairs w/ Frank Sesno, George Washington University [Main T4C episode]
Frank Sesno is an Emmy-winning journalist and currently serves as the Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is also the creator of Planet Forward, a multi-media initiative that showcases environmental reporting by college students. Frank is the former Bureau Chief of CNN’s..
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“Having a real sense of what you want out of an interview and putting these pieces together, I think makes it a better experience.”
“It was a main piece that alleged abuse, chemical weapons in Southeast Asia targeting Vietcong during the Vietnam war and American POWs. It was a big deal piece of CNN and it turned out to be widely disputed and actually discredited. A lot of the reporting wasn’t done well. I was brought into it as a Washington Bureau Chief. I looked at it. I never thought the actual reporting was bad, but I felt that it was written in ways that were a little loose…I trusted my colleagues, but I was told by it and I should have been far more assertive. I should have spoken out.”