Sean Rossman

Sean Rossman is the Assistant Washington Editor in USA TODAY’s D.C. Bureau, part of an editing team overseeing White House, Congress and breaking news coverage.

Sean was previously a reporter on USA TODAY’s Investigative team, working on a number of award-winning projects, and spent time on the trending news team. Before that, he covered state and local government for the Tallahassee Democrat in Tallahassee, Florida, and won statewide awards for investigative reporting and enterprise writing. He’s covered everything from local crimes and government meetings, to hurricanes, mass shootings, college football fandom, and elections.

A native of North East, Pennsylvania, Sean has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Temple University. He started taking classes at WIT in 2017 and completed the curriculum in 2018. He now plays with the indie team Free Snacks and Harold team Ruth. He loves the risk-taking and real-time learning that comes with improv and is excited to help WIT further its mission.

Personal hero
Gerald "Perk" Ensley, former newspaper columnist
Personal motto
"Clarity is its own style." - Borrowed from a friend, but applies to writing/communication/comedy

Sean threw himself into improv after discovering all of his comedy heroes did the same. He'll resent them if it doesn't work out.

Years ago, Sean dabbled in stand up, which rattled him enough to postpone any comedy until 2017, when he started improv. He completed the WIT curriculum in 2018 and has been playing with indie team Free Snacks ever since.

Sean enjoys cooking and exploring new foods and is unabashedly THAT Instagram guy. Among his joys is instigating food debates among people he knows will disagree. He’s a journalist and editor always, but loves that improv allows him to blurt out whatever he wants without choosing perfect words.

Hidden Talent
The ability to be super casual around very important people.
Favorite Snack
Cilantro lime Triscuits with guacamole