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A renowned journalist who has covered some of the world’s biggest events and most consequential leaders, Frank Sesno has a reputation for fairness and integrity that few can match.
One of the world’s most experienced journalists, Frank Sesno provides an intriguing perspective into how today’s constantly changing headlines will affect you. With unparalleled insight and signature wit, he’ll tell you what issues are really at stake for the future and how politics, media, personality, and policy fit together in a compelling national story.
A reporter for nearly three decades, Sesno helped shaped the revolution in television news. As CNN changed the way the world communicates, it was Sesno who reported from the front lines—as a White House correspondent, anchor, Sunday talk show host, and Washington bureau chief. He has interviewed five American Presidents—Carter, Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton, and Bush (43). He has also spoken to countless political, foreign, and business leaders, including Jack Welch, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, Sean Spicer, and Nancy Pelosi. As Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, he is educating the next generation of journalists and political communicators.
Sesno is a frequent analyst on television and in print on the subject of American politics and media. He has hosted and produced documentaries for both The History Channel and PBS.
Sesno is the author of Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change, which illustrates that what connects the world’s most successful people is that they ask the right questions at the right time. It provides insight from the kind of illuminating interviews that have marked an award-winning career in journalism.
World Affairs TODAY Season 13 Episode 11 - Author Frank Sesno
Frank Sesno, “Ask More”
Frank Sesno's Full Intervention at the AIPAC Summit 2017
Frank Sesno's Speech Topics
At a time when events, panels, and conversations have moved to a virtual format, having a skilled and experienced moderator who understands the special challenges and opportunities of online conversations is essential. Frank Sesno brings his unique curiosity, caring, and deft interviewing skills to this new world of convening. As an experienced moderator and facilitator, Frank connects audiences and discussants with knowledge and a keen sense of timing and respectful engagement in order to optimize interest, information, and participation. Sesno honed the skills of remote interviewing during his years at CNN as an anchor and talk show host. He will work with you and your organization across various platforms and technologies to maximize the effectiveness of virtual meetings, events, brainstorming sessions or community-building. Frank brings offers his subject matter expertise as well as his passion for engaging people to make this new virtual world as engaging as possible.
There is art to this. Leading a meeting, event, conversation online is not like doing it in person. It's a significantly different experience. Virtual conversations are deprived of the body language, eye contact, and in-person dynamic one has when sitting next to someone on stage or in a room. The group dynamic is entirely different. Participation is more challenging. Sesno knows how to structure a discussion, engage speakers and audience more deliberately, and manage the conversation so a speaker is invested and makes the most of the technology and format.
The Story of Health Care: What to Make of the Never-ending Debate and How to Frame it in 2020
Just about every adult in America has an opinion about the health care they get, the premiums they pay, the doctors they visit, the meds they take. We're obsessed with our health even as we see troubling trends and outcomes. And our national debate is stuck in neutral. Should the government play a larger role to make health care coverage available to all? Should it get out of the way and let the states and consumers find their way? Who should decide? Why do we pay so much? Why do we complain so loudly?
In this talk, Frank Sesno draws on a career of work as a journalist, educator, and author examining politics, health care, communication, and the media to explain out how you and your organization can make sense of the health care debate and engage it. The topic will be a major player in the 2020 election cycle. Where is the conversation going, what does the public really want, which issues will have traction with voters, candidates, and the media? Frank will offer ideas, insight, and real-world stories that will reveal how health care can be framed to resonate with the stakeholders who will shape its future.
Trump: An Unprecedented President
The Media and the Message
Telling the Climate Story in the Age of Trump
Moderated Panels and Leadership Discussions
Ask for Success: How Questions Can Inspire Confidence, Mission, and Creativity at Your Organization
What Other Organizations Say About Frank Sesno
Mr. Sesno knows how to reach an audience. He has developed and mastered a performance style that is an art of the conference circuit. He was amazingly quick to grasp the issues we were trying to elucidate. I'm a fan!GSA Office of Citizen Services and Communications
What Other Organizations Say About Frank Sesno
His keynote speech and participation on the panel were very well received. In fact, I think he was one of the top speakers at the event, if not the very best.SwissRe
Works by Frank Sesno
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Renowned Journalist; Former Moderator, NBC's Meet the Press; Political Analyst, CNN
Senior Political Commentator, CNN, and Host, The Axe Files; Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics; Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2011)