The amazing planet we call home faces new pressures every day. According to the 2019 World Population Prospects from the United Nations, the number of people worldwide is expected to grow from 7.7 billion to 9.7 billion by 2050 — a change that will place even greater strains on Earth’s already stretched resources.
“Current projections indicate that we will need twice as much energy, 60% more food, and 40% more water by 2050,” says Emmy-award-winning journalist Frank Sesno. “That really leaves us with only two choices: innovate or witness tremendous suffering in the world.”
Frank Sesno has spent his career shining a light on critical societal issues. During his two decades at CNN, Sesno served as one of the network’s faces of journalistic excellence, reporting from the White House, hosting daily shows, and interviewing heads of state, Nobel prize-winners, business leaders, and celebrities from around the globe. Over the past 12 years, Sesno has helped inspire the leaders of the future through his work at George Washington University (GW), first as director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, and now as Director of Strategic Initiatives.
For Sesno, the leap to academia was an easy one. “Both journalism and teaching are very similar in how they allow you to connect with people,” says Sesno. “When I started teaching, I was surprised to have students come up to me after class and tell me that I had changed how they thought about something. It was the same energy I experienced as a CNN journalist when people would come up to me on the street to talk about how a story affected them. It was really gratifying to see how I was making an impact.”