Jeanne Meserve

Jeanne Meserve

Homeland Security Group Member, Senior Fellow, George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute

Jeanne Meserve is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute. Prior to that, she covered the beat for CNN from the September 11th attacks through their tenth anniversary, as long as any reporter in the country. Her portfolio has included intelligence, law enforcement, cyber, aviation, border, and port security. She has flown with a combat air patrol, reported from atop a crane in the port of Los Angeles, and watched undercover “red teams” test airport security checkpoints. 

On the ground in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Meserve was the first to report on the devastating flooding inundating portions of the city. CNN’s coverage of the storm and its aftermath won a Peabody Award. Judges for the 2005 David Bloom Award gave Ms. Meserve special recognition, saying her coverage revealed “extraordinary composure and compassion as well as her unwavering respect for the facts.”

Her experience in Katrina has given Ms. Meserve real-life understanding of crisis communications, as has her coverage of other natural disasters and major crime stories. She was one of the primary reporters covering the Washington, DC snipers for CNN, and was the only reporter to meet face to face with John Allen Mohammed. Ms. Meserve has covered technology and its application to homeland security problems, including border security, nuclear detection, bioterrorism, and cyber. She has also used the latest technologies in the field to bring her stories to air.

Her understanding of the international terror picture is augmented by her years as a State Department correspondent for ABC News, where she reported from China, the Middle East, and Europe. She anchored CNN’s award-winning coverage of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination and the death of Princess Diana, and won an Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting from Cuba on the international tug of war over Elian Gonzales.

Ms. Meserve has moderated interviews and policy debates for the Aspen Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. She received a BA in English literature from Middlebury College, and she is a recipient of the college’s Alumni Achievement Award. She is a member of the Aspen Homeland Security Group.