Emmy-winning journalist and professor Frank Sesno will deliver “Will We Lose the News? Learning to Tell Stories in a New Way,” the 2010 Muriel and Clarence J. Caulfield Memorial Lecture, on Thursday, April 22 at 5 p.m. in McGuire Hall on Loyola University Maryland’s North Charles Street campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Sesno is also director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and host and creator of Planet Forward, a groundbreaking Web-to-television show seen on PBS. He also serves as director of the Public Affairs Project at the Center for Innovative Media. Sesno’s diverse career spans more than 30 years, including 21 at CNN where he served as White House correspondent, anchor, and Washington bureau chief. As a professor of journalism ethics, the documentary genre, and issues of fairness in media, he teaches how the media affect the creation of public policy. He is currently hosting The Future of News with Frank Sesno, a 10-part series for public television that explores news and communication in the digital age, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Sesno has interviewed business and government leaders including U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan; former General Electric Co. CEO Jack Welch; the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat; Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He has covered stories including the Iraq War, the disputed U.S. presidential election of 2000, and the historic series of superpower summits during the 1980s.
Before joining CNN in 1984, Sesno worked as a radio correspondent at the White House and in London for the Associated Press. He has won several prestigious journalistic awards, including an Emmy, several cable ACE awards, and an Overseas Press Club Award. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Sesno holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and serves on the Washington Advisory Board of the Posse Foundation, on the Board of Trustees of the Potomac School in McLean, Va., and on the Educational Advisory Board of CINE 2009.
The Caulfield Lecture series at Loyola was established by the family of Clarence J. Caulfield, a 1922 alumnus who spent 26 years as an editor at The Baltimore Sun and was a mentor to such prominent writers as J. Anthony Lukas and Russell T. Baker. Hosted by the communication department, the Caulfield Lecture brings journalists and commentators of national stature to Loyola every year. Last year's Caulfield Lecture, "Going Local in the Age of Global Communications," was delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Marshall, Jr.
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