Anderson Cooper
American journalist and author
Anderson Cooper
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.
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Monley: 'A sign of hope' from Haiti
CNN - 5 days
Five-year-old Monley was pulled from the rubble eight days after an earthquake struck Haiti in 2010. Anderson Cooper explains why he remains his hero.
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Chef sued by Trump offers peace via Twitter
CNN - 13 days
CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to Chef José Andrés about his multi-million dollar lawsuit with President Trump.
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Pro Wrestling Superstar Gail Kim Has A Celebrity Crush... On Anderson Cooper!
Huffington Post - 19 days
Gail Kim has a confession to make. Though happily married, the Impact Wrestling Hall-of-Famer has a major celebrity crush. Fortunately for her husband -- world-renowned British chef, author and television star Robert Irvine -- the professional wrestling superstar admits, “My biggest crushes are always gay!” “My husband always jokes, ‘You’re going to leave me for Anderson Cooper,’” Kim shared with a laugh on the first-anniversary episode of Party Foul Radio with Pollo & Pearl. “I’m like, ‘Maybe. He is a silver fox!’ I just love him.” A record-tying six-time Impact Wrestling Knockouts champion, Kim became the first woman inducted into the company’s “Hall of Fame” last year. She made a global splash in sports entertainment upon debuting with World Wrestling Entertainment in 2002. Five years after winning the WWE Women’s championship in her first match with the company, she became the inaugural TNA Knockouts champion. Though Kim and her famous husband – who in Fall 2016 launched ...
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Anderson Cooper Rips Donald Trump For Watching Too Much Cable News
Huffington Post - 20 days
Donald Trump may dismiss CNN as “fake news,” but Anderson Cooper says the new president can’t get enough of the network. “He watches CNN all the time, this is not in dispute at all,” the journalist said on Tuesday’s broadcast of “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” “He has texted about people I am interviewing while I am interviewing them, he would do that during the campaign.” TV sets in Trump’s offices are also usually tuned in to CNN, too, Cooper added. After quipping that Trump “watches me on CNN probably more than my mom watches me on CNN,” Cooper questioned if Trump’s alleged TV viewing habits were appropriate. “At a certain point you would think, like, there’s gotta be something more important going on for the president to be doing than flicking around the shows,” he told Meyers. “But, I don’t know.” Check out the full segment above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=589adcb9e4b0c1284f29731b,58999e ...
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Anderson Cooper, Kellyanne Conway Spar Over CNN's Report On Trump's Russian Ties
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway bashed CNN for another news organization’s story on Wednesday night, hours after her boss lambasted the cable network as “fake news.” The president-elect’s senior adviser, during an interview with Anderson Cooper, railed against CNN and its story Tuesday night that said Trump had been presented with a report that claimed Russian spies had collected compromising personal information on him. CNN’s report, citing unnamed U.S. officials, didn’t link to the documents and noted the allegations are unconfirmed. Conway said she knew “CNN must be feeling the heat” and denied Trump had been presented with the intelligence. “That is just false,” she claimed. CNN, the first to report the story, was quickly followed by other news organizations. BuzzFeed was among the few major outlets that published the 35-page dossier’s unsubstantiated claims. Cooper specifically asked if Trump had seen a two-page summary of the report in an intel ...
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Witness: Laptop stopped bullet from hitting me
CNN - about 2 months
Fort Lauderdale airport shooting witness Steve Frappier says the laptop in his backpack prevented a bullet from hitting him. He speaks with CNN's Anderson Cooper.
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Anderson Cooper Dives In To ‘The Bachelor' Premiere Dolphin/Shark ‘Debate’
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Anderson Cooper is “The Bachelor” viewing partner you never knew you needed. After the ABC show’s 21st season premiere this week, Cooper could not get enough of one contestant’s decision to wear a shark costume but call herself a dolphin all night. This year, be the girl on #thebachelor that's definitely in a shark costume but won't let anyone tell her she's not a dolphin. #confidence pic.twitter.com/4J9pOhBBz4 — Omri (@Omri_Rawrlan) January 3, 2017 The CNN host mocked the reality show for morphing into “Burning Love,” the scripted program that spoofs it. He also laughed his way through some aquatic marine mammal-related puns, at one point saying the contestant demonstrated she had a real sense of “porpoise.”  Check out the whole segment in the video above.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a websi ...
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Anderson Cooper re-enacts Wendy's Twitter feud
CNN - about 2 months
Wendy's got into an argument on Twitter over whether their beef really is fresh and not frozen. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.
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CNN's Don Lemon Does Shots, Gets A Piercing And Bares His Soul On Live TV
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Don Lemon is so drunk right now he's spilling his heart on #CNNNYE for his New Year's Resolution. pic.twitter.com/52npFU7Pmc — Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) January 1, 2017 Don Lemon had an interesting New Year’s Eve. The CNN personality did shots of tequila at The Spotted Cat in New Orleans, where he and Brooke Baldwin were broadcasting the network’s festivities. Lemon got the party started early, knocking back drinks on TV more than three hours before midnight.  It seems @donlemon, @BrookeBCNN got the #CNNNYE party (and the drinking) started a little early down in New Orleans https://t.co/vSI1sy9oXk — Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 1, 2017 “This is way too early to start this,” Baldwin told him. Lemon handed her a drink, but she put it aside.  Check out this look she shoots the camera about an hour and 20 minutes later as Lemon continues to drink: .@donlemon and @BrookeBCNN are still drinking tequila in New Orleans. Less ...
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Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk shows: New Year's Eve specials and more
LATimes - about 2 months
SERIES Live From Lincoln Center A special New Year’s Eve edition of this performing-arts series features the New York Philharmonic paying tribute to the Broadway duo Rodgers & Hammerstein. 8 and 9 p.m. KOCE SPECIALS New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin For the 10th year, Anderson...
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Anderson Cooper Cozies Up To Some Elephants On Myanmar Vacation
Huffington Post - 2 months
Anderson Cooper has opted for an untraditional holiday celebration this year.   The CNN anchor, 49, and his longtime partner, Benjamin Maisani, kicked off Christmas week by decamping from New York to Myanmar. Upon arrival in the southeast Asian country, the couple headed to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp, which is focused on providing care for elephants that are no longer fit to work. Cooper shared snapshots from the excursion on Instagram, including one of himself, sans shirt, washing an elephant.   washing an old elephant at #GreenHillValleyElephantCamp in #Myanmar. A sanctuary for elephants rescued after decades working in the logging industry A photo posted by andersoncooper (@andersoncooper) on Dec 20, 2016 at 4:43am PST In another shot, Cooper looked delighted to be feeding an elephant.  Got to feed and help wash old elephants today at #GreenHillValleyElephantCamp near Kalaw in #Myanmar. They have been rescued after dec ...
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Fake news writer: It's satire
CNN - 3 months
Paul Horner, a fake news writer, speaks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about his work.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anderson Cooper
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 46
    In 2014, Cooper appeared in Henry Louis Gates' Finding Your Roots, where he found out about an ancestor, Burwell Boykin, who was a slave owner from the South.
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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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  • 2011
    Age 43
    Cooper considered coming out to the public when same-sex marriage became legal in New York in July 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, the couple purchased the Rye House, a historic estate in Connecticut. Tim Cook, of Apple, turned to Cooper for advice before he subsequently made the decision to publicly come out as gay.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    He said to Oprah Winfrey—while promoting his book—that he had suffered from dyslexia as a child. In August 2007 he confirmed his "mild dyslexia" on The Tonight Show to Jay Leno, who also has dyslexia.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper is openly gay; according to The New York Times, he is "the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television." For years, Cooper avoided discussing his private life in interviews. On July 2, 2012, however, he gave Andrew Sullivan permission to publish an email that stated, in part: Cooper and his boyfriend, gay bar owner Benjamin Maisani, have been dating since 2009.
    In 2007 he also began hosting CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, a show which honors and recognizes extraordinary deeds by ordinary people.
    More Details Hide Details Warner Bros. and Telepictures (both corporate siblings of CNN) announced in September 2010 that Cooper had signed an agreement to host a nationally syndicated talk show. The journalist Brian Stelter (at the time employed by The New York Times, and now by CNN), reported on Twitter that the new Warner Bros. daytime talk show would be named Anderson (now titled Anderson Live). The show premiered on September 12, 2011, and, as part of negotiations over the talk show deal, Cooper signed a new multi-year contract with CNN to continue as the host of Anderson Cooper 360°. On October 29, 2012, it was announced that Anderson Live would end at the conclusion of its second season. The show, slightly renamed after season one and revamped with a variety of co-hosts, failed to achieve the ratings distributor Warner Brothers hoped for. The final Anderson Live aired on May 20, 2013.
    In October 2007 Cooper began hosting the documentary Planet in Peril, with Sanjay Gupta and Jeff Corwin on CNN.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008 he, Gupta, and Lisa Ling from National Geographic Explorer teamed up for a sequel, "Planet in Peril: Battle Lines," which premiered in December 2008.
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 37
    In August 2005, he covered the Niger famine from Maradi.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2005 the format of CNN's NewsNight was changed from 60 to 120 minutes to cover the unusually violent hurricane season. To help distribute some of the increased workload, Cooper was temporarily added as co-anchor to Aaron Brown. This arrangement was reported to have been made permanent the same month by the president of CNN's U.S. operations, Jonathan Klein, who has called Cooper "the anchorperson of the future." Following the addition of Cooper, the ratings for NewsNight increased significantly; Klein remarked that "Cooper's name has been on the tip of everyone's tongue." To further capitalize on this, Klein announced a major programming shakeup on November 2, 2005. Cooper's 360° program would be expanded to 2 hours and shifted into the 10 pm ET slot formerly held by NewsNight, with the third hour of Wolf Blitzer's The Situation Room filling in Cooper's former 7 pm ET slot. With "no options" left for him to host shows, Aaron Brown left CNN, ostensibly having "mutually agreed" with Jonathan Klein on the matter.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During CNN coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he confronted Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. Trent Lott, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson about their perception of the government response. As Cooper said later in an interview with New York magazine, “Yeah, I would prefer not to be emotional and I would prefer not to get upset, but it's hard not to when you’re surrounded by brave people who are suffering and in need.” As Broadcasting & Cable magazine noted, "In its aftermath, Hurricane Katrina served to usher in a new breed of emo-journalism, skyrocketing CNN's Anderson Cooper to superstardom as CNN's golden boy and a darling of the media circles because of his impassioned coverage of the storm."
  • 2003
    Age 35
    On September 8, 2003, he was made anchor of Anderson Cooper 360°.
    More Details Hide Details Describing his philosophy as an anchor, Cooper has said:
  • 2002
    Age 34
    In 2002, he became CNN's weekend prime-time anchor.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2002, he has hosted CNN's New Year's Eve special from Times Square.
  • 2001
    Age 33
    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."
    More Details Hide Details His first position at CNN was to anchor alongside Paula Zahn on American Morning.
  • 2000
    Age 32
    In 2000 he switched career paths, taking a job as the host of ABC's reality show The Mole.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper was also a fill-in co-host for Regis Philbin for the TV talk show Live with Regis and Kelly in 2007 when Philbin underwent triple-bypass heart surgery.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1989
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During college, Cooper spent two summers as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency. Although he has no formal journalistic education, he opted to pursue a career in journalism rather than stay with the agency after school, having been a self-proclaimed "news junkie since he was in utero." After his first correspondence work in the early 1990s, he took a break from reporting and lived in Vietnam for a year, during which time he studied the Vietnamese language at the University of Hanoi. After Cooper graduated from Yale University, he tried to gain entry-level employment with ABC answering telephones, but was unsuccessful. Finding it hard to get his foot in the door of on-air reporting, Cooper decided to enlist the help of a friend in making a fake press pass. At the time, Cooper was working as a fact checker for the small news agency Channel One, which produces a youth-oriented news program that is broadcast to many junior high and high schools in the United States. Cooper then entered Myanmar on his own with his forged press pass and met with students fighting the Burmese government. He was ultimately able to sell his home-made news segments to Channel One.
  • 1988
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gloria Vanderbilt later wrote about her son's death in the book A Mother's Story, in which she expresses her belief that the suicide was caused by a psychotic episode induced by an allergy to the anti-asthma prescription drug salbutamol. Anderson cites Carter's suicide for sparking his interest in journalism. "Loss is a theme that I think a lot about, and it's something in my work that I dwell on. I think when you experience any kind of loss, especially the kind I did, you have questions about survival: Why do some people thrive in situations that others can’t tolerate? Would I be able to survive and get on in the world on my own?" Cooper was educated at the Dalton School, a private co-educational university preparatory day school in New York City. At age 17, after graduating from Dalton a semester early, Cooper traveled around Africa for several months on a "survival trip". He contracted malaria on the trip and was hospitalized in Kenya. Describing the experience, Cooper wrote "Africa was a place to forget and be forgotten in."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Age 10
    Cooper's father suffered a series of heart attacks while undergoing open-heart surgery, and died January 5, 1978, at the age of 50.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper considers his father's book Families to be "sort of a guide on how he would have wanted me to live my life and the choices he would have wanted me to make. And so I feel very connected to him."
  • 1970
    Age 2
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of nine, he appeared on To Tell the Truth as an impostor. From age 10 to 13, Cooper modeled with Ford Models for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Macy's.
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on June 3, 1967.
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