Anderson Cooper to Discuss Politics, Career at GW

CNN anchor will join SMPA Director Frank Sesno in conversation Feb. 29.

Anderson Cooper to Discuss Politics, Career at GW
January 29, 2016

The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs will host award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper for a conversation about politics and journalism on Feb. 29. SMPA Director Frank Sesno will moderate the discussion.

The event is part of SMPA’s Silver Anniversary celebration, and it will be presented in association with the student organization GW Allied in Pride. It will be held at Lisner Auditorium.

“This event will provide our members and allies with a unique opportunity to learn more about Anderson Cooper's fascinating career in journalism and what it is like to be openly gay in media,” Allied in Pride President Robert Todaro said.

Free general audience tickets are open to students, staff and faculty, and they will be available here starting Feb. 2 at noon. Audience questions can be submitted in advance on Twitter by tweeting to @smpagwu with the hashtag #ACGW. An online live stream will also be available here.

Mr. Cooper anchors CNN's nightly newscast, “Anderson Cooper 360°.” He has received Emmy and Peabody awards for his work covering major news events throughout his 24-year career. Most recently, he reported on the NSA surveillance programs, conflicts in Syria and Egypt, the Boston Marathon bombing and the Sandy Hook shootings. He is also a regular correspondent for CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

Mr. Cooper is the latest guest to join SMPA’s Conversation Series, which has brought prominent politicians and leaders in the media to GW to discuss politics, current events, and media. Past visitors include Mexican-American news anchor Jorge Ramos, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow.