White House correspondent, former State Department official join SMPA this year

Tara Sonenshine, who was named an SMPA fellow Wednesday, has won 10 Emmy news awards. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Robert Daniel Smith.

A White House correspondent and a former State Department official will join the School of Media and Public Affairs as fellows this year.

Major Garrett, the chief White House reporter for CBS News, and Tara Sonenshine, who served as undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the State Department, will serve as guest faculty and lecturers.

Garrett, also a fill-in anchor for “Face the Nation,” has reported on events like President Barack Obama’s second inauguration and gun control proposals.

He also served as the chief White House correspondent for Fox News before transferring to CBS.

“Frank Sesno has built an innovative program that analyzes, explains and evaluates the media environment. To call it an ever-changing landscape is a cliché. Frank has never trafficked in those and his program doesn’t either,” Garrett said in a release.

Sonenshine, who has won 10 news Emmy awards, was also a contributing editor at Newswork and worked at ABC News.

She spent the last year directing public diplomacy outreach and communications at the State Department, after working in the White House during the Clinton administration.

She said she was excited for the fellowship because it combined her professional interests.

“My career has always been at the intersection of media and international affairs, which makes this fellowship at GW perfect,” she said in a release.

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