Anderson Cooper

Journalist and Author
Born Jun 3, 1967

Anderson Hays Cooper is an American journalist, author, and television personality. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. The program is normally broadcast live from a New York City studio; however, Cooper often broadcasts live on location for breaking news stories. As of September 2011, he also serves as host of his own eponymous syndicated daytime talk show, Anderson.… Read More

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1967 Birth Born on June 3, 1967.
1970 3 Years Old Cooper's media experience began early. As a baby, he was photographed by Diane Arbus for Harper's Bazaar. At the age of three, Cooper was a guest on The Tonight Show on September 17, 1970, appearing with his mother. … Read More


1978 11 Years Old Cooper's father suffered a series of heart attacks while undergoing open-heart surgery, and died January 5, 1978, at the age of 50. … Read More


1988 21 Years Old Cooper's older brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, committed suicide on July 22, 1988, at age 23, by jumping from the 14th-floor terrace of Vanderbilt's New York City penthouse apartment. … Read More
1989 22 Years Old Cooper went on to attend Yale University, where he resided in Trumbull College, and was inducted into the Manuscript Society, majoring in political science and graduated with a B.A. in 1989. … Read More
1995 28 Years Old In 1995, Cooper became a correspondent for ABC News, eventually rising to the position of co-anchor on its overnight World News Now program on September 21, 1999.


2000 33 Years Old In 2000 he switched career paths, taking a job as the host of ABC's reality show The Mole. … Read More
2001 34 Years Old Cooper left The Mole after its second season to return to broadcast news. In 2001, he joined CNN, commenting, "Two seasons was enough, and 9/11 happened, and I thought I needed to be getting back to news." … Read More
2002 35 Years Old In 2002, he became CNN's weekend prime-time anchor. … Read More
2003 36 Years Old On September 8, 2003, he was made anchor of Anderson Cooper 360°. … Read More
2005 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Cooper covered a number of important stories in 2005, including the tsunami damage in Sri Lanka; the Cedar Revolution in Beirut, Lebanon; the death of Pope John Paul II; and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. … Read More


In early 2007 Cooper signed a multi-year deal with CNN, which would allow him to continue as a contributor to 60 Minutes as well as doubling his salary from $2 million annually to a reported $4 million.
2011 44 Years Old Cooper considered coming out to the public when same-sex marriage became legal in New York in July 2011. … Read More
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In October 2014, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. traced Cooper's family tree on an episode of the PBS series Finding Your Roots, revealing, among other facts, that Cooper's fourth great-grandfather owned twelve slaves.
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