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Frank Sesno discusses the future of news tonight

What's the future for news? Is there a future for news? Those questions, and more, are all up for discussion tonight when Channel 12 presents "Whose News? How Public Media Can Save Our Lives" with journalist Frank Sesno, currently the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and the host of the new PBS series, The Future of News, which airs at 7 p.m. Fridays on Channel 12.

Although you usually catch Sesno on TV -- he was with CNN for 21 years -- you'll see him live at this event, which starts at 6 p.m. in the Denver Post Auditorium at 101 West Colfax Avenue, in the building that the Rocky Mountain News shared until that 150-year-old institution closed fifteen months ago.

Sesno will be talking about other momentous events in the media business as he examines the role of the free press in the digital democracy, and explores the possibilities of public news.

The event, part of Colorado Public Television's thirtieth anniversary speaker series, starts with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by Sesno's presentation at 7 p.m. And then assorted local journalists -- including Dan Haley, editorial page editor of the Post; Ann Imse, editor of Colorado Public News; talk-show host/columnist David Sirota and, yes, me, too -- will join Sesno for a roundtable discussion moderated by Wick Rowland, the head of Channel 12.

The future of news starts now. Tickets are $20; find more information here.