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Who Is Anderson Cooper?
Anderson Hays Cooper was born on 3 June 1967 in Manhattan, New York City, USA, and is a television personality, journalist and author, best known for his work as a part of CNN, on which he is the anchor of his own news show entitled “Anderson Cooper 360”. He also often broadcasts live for CNN from Washington DC, and is well-known for reporting on location during breaking news stories. He previously hosted his own daytime talk show entitled “Anderson Live”, and is now also a part of the show “60 Minutes” as a correspondent.
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Anderson is not married but he did confide to The New York Times in 2012 that he is “the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television”, having previously avoided revealing too much about his personal life. Two years later he and his partner purchased the historic Connecticut estate entitled Rye House. Being openly gay, he was approached by Apple CEO Tim Cook for advice before Cook himself revealed publicly that he was gay as well.
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Anderson is the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, but has said that he wasn’t going to inherit any of his mother’s wealth. Despite that, he’s had so much success that he has long been a millionaire in his own right. Growing up, he suffered dyslexia, which he revealed live to both Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno, though he mentions that it is only mild.
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Being the son of the famous Gloria Vanderbilt, Cooper had a lot of exposure to the media growing up. He was a part of photo shoots, television appearances with his mother, and was also engaged in modelling work from the age of 10. His father passed away at the age of 50 years old and in 1988, his older brother would commit suicide by jumping from his mother’s penthouse apartment; it was believed that his suicide was the effect of a prescription drug which caused a psychotic episode. The event would become the spark of Cooper’s interest in journalism.
He attended Dalton School, and after matriculating went on to travel in Africa on a “survival trip”. Afterwards, he attended Yale University and eventually graduated with a degree in political science in 1989. While at Yale, he went on an internship with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), but rather than stay with the agency, he chose to pursue a career in journalism. His first experience with the news was in the 1990s, but eventually he took a break and lived in Vietnam, during which he attended Vietnam National University, Hanoi to study the language.
Anderson first job in broadcasting was working for Channel One as a fact checker, handling youth-oriented news programs. During this time, he forged a press pass and went to Myanmar to meet with students fighting the Burmese government; these home made news events were eventually sold to Channel One. In 1995, he moved to ABC News and started working there as a correspondent. He quickly rose up through positions to become the co-anchor on the show “World News Now”, then in 2000, he decided to take a job as the host of the reality show entitled “The Mole”, but would only stay with the show for two seasons, and then moved to CNN. He decided to go back to working in news programs after the events of 9/11.
In 2003, he got his first show on CNN, becoming the anchor of “Anderson Cooper 360”. He subsequently covered numerous high profile events over the next few years, including the death of Pope John Paul II, the Cedar Revolution in Beirut, and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. He also reported on the aftermath of “Hurricane Katrina”, and his work on reporting would gain a lot of attention from the higher-ups of CNN, which led him to signing a multi-year contract which doubled his salary from $2 million to $4 million. He started to work on more shows, including the syndicated talk show “Anderson Live” as well as “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute”. He also worked as a correspondent for the CBS program entitled “60 Minutes” which he did while concurrently serving with CNN.
Cooper also worked as a freelance writer, producing various articles for magazines including “Details”. He also has a best seller book entitled “Dispatches from the Edge” which detailed his work in various places around the world. Some of the book’s proceeds are given to charity.