Frank Sesno is senior vice president and Washington bureau chief for CNN. He supervises the network’s largest news gathering team and oversees the bureau’s daily operations and the editorial direction of the network’s coverage of the White House, Congress, Pentagon, State Department and general Washington news reporting. Sesno also serves as co-anchor of CNN’s Newsday along with Jeanne Meserve. The program airs weekdays from 12-12:30 p.m. (ET).
During major news events, Sesno provides on-air reporting and analysis. He also contributes special reporting projects to the network. For the 1996 political cycle, Sesno anchored Inside Politics Extra, the network’s daily morning political update, the conventions and election night congressional returns. From 1990-1997, Sesno hosted CNN’s Sunday public affairs program Late Edition, where he interviewed politicians, civic and world leaders, developing a reputation as a hard-hitting, but fair, interviewer.
Before his promotion to bureau chief, Sesno served as CNN executive editor in Washington, directing coverage and overseeing a major reorganization of the newsroom. From 1991 to 1994, he co-anchored two daily news programs, The International Hour and The World Today. From 1984-1991, Sesno was CNN’s White House correspondent.
Sesno has anchored and reported from many major international and domestic news events, including political conventions, presidential and economic summit meetings, Middle East Peace talks, the impeachment and trial of President Clinton, the 50th anniversary of D-Day from Normandy and the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake. He has interviewed numerous world leaders, including President Bill Clinton, former presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Vice President Al Gore, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the late Jordanian King Hussein and Czech President Vaclac Havel.
Many of Sesno’s special reports and documentaries have been recognized by his peers. He won an Emmy Award for coverage of the 1993 mid-west flooding; a CableAce award for his coverage of the superpower summits; a Houston International Film Festival award for his interview with the president of Mexico; and Lincoln University’s Unity Award in economic reporting for his series on economic dislocation in the United States. While based in London, Sesno received the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Spot News Reporting.
Sesno joined CNN in 1984 from AP Radio where he was an overseas correspondent in London and a White House correspondent. Before joining AP Radio, Sesno was with the Voice of America and WCFR Radio in Springfield, Vt.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Sesno also serves on the Board of Trustees of Middlebury College and is a former board member of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Awards.
Conversant in Spanish and French, Sesno graduated cum laude from Middlebury with an honors degree in American History 1977. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Monterrey Institute of International Studies.