GENEVA, N.Y.- President Mark D. Gearan is pleased to announce that Frank Sesno, CNN senior vice president and Washington bureau chief, will present a talk titled “Breaking News: 24/7 News Media and Terrorism” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 29, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Sesno will be this academic year's first President's Forum speaker. Other speakers visiting this fall include human rights activist Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, who will deliver a talk at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 26, and U.S. presidential candidate Alan Keyes, who will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 29.
Sesno, 46, served from 1996 until to the present as a CNN senior vice president and Washington bureau chief. He recently announced plans to step down after 17 years with the network. Sesno also worked as co-anchor of “Newsday,” a 30-minute daily roundup newscast, as executive editor at CNN in Washington, D.C., and as host of “Late Edition with Frank Sesno.” Prior to that he was the anchor of “The World Today” and “International Hour,” was a White House correspondent during the Bush and Reagan administrations, and worked as a correspondent with Associated Press Radio Network.
Some of Sesno's most notable assignments and interviews include the rise of the solidarity trade union in Poland, conflicts in Northern Ireland, the shooting of Pope John Paul II, Operation Desert Storm, superpower summits from Geneva to Reykjavik, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Iran-Contra, and the launch of the Mid-East Peace talks in Madrid.
The President's Forum series was inaugurated in January 2000 when then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton led a discussion on public service. The series has since included such speakers as journalists Karen DeWitt and Sam Donaldson, presidential candidates Ralph Nader and Michael Dukakis, and political analyst George
Stephanopoulos. The forums are free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information on the forum, visit the President's Forum website.
“In establishing the President's Forum, I hope to bring a wide range of notable individuals who will enrich our campus life while at the same time give our visiting speakers a better sense of the dynamic Hobart and William Smith community,” said Gearan.