Anderson Hays Cooper, born June 3, 1967, is a political analyst and broadcast journalist in the United States. He is the primary anchor of CNN’s news programme Anderson Cooper 360°. Cooper works as a correspondent for CBS News’ 60 Minutes in addition to his job at CNN.
Cooper, who was born in Manhattan into the Vanderbilt family, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1989. He began traversing the world as a young journalist, shooting footage of war-torn countries for Channel One News. Cooper was hired as a correspondent by ABC News in 1995, but he quickly moved on to other positions across the network, including a stint as a co-anchor, reality game show presenter, and fill-in morning talk show host.
Career and Accomplishments
Cooper joined CNN in 2002 and began hosting Anderson Cooper 360, a nightly programme, in 2003. In 2005, he was honoured for his powerful coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation as well as the Niger famine. Cooper made an appearance in an insert with the characters Walter Cranky, Dan Rather-not, and Oscar the Grouch in Season 38 of Sesame Street in 2007. Cooper was featured in this segment, which aired on 360.
Cooper also interviewed Kermit the Frog on Live with Regis and Kelly on December 8, 2006, as a guest presenter with Kelly Ripa, and co-hosted a Sesame Workshop fundraiser with the Muppets in 2008. Oscar the Grouch featured on his show in November 2009.
Sesame Street Season 41 featured a street scene with Anderson Cucumber reporting for VNN, Vegetable News Network. The character also appears in Spaghetti Space Chase, a ride at Universal Studios Singapore.
Miss Piggy appeared on Anderson Cooper’s talk show on March 15, 2012, to promote the release of The Muppets home video. During the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Anderson shared the stage with Oscar the Grouch.
Cooper and Big Bird were on stage during the Hudson Yards neighborhood’s grand opening celebration on March 15, 2019.
CNN Gay Anchor
Cooper came out as gay in 2012, becoming “the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television” at the time, according to The New York Times.
Is Anderson Cooper Leaving CNN
Cooper has agreed to a long-term contract extension with CNN, according to a source familiar with the issue. Cooper’s choice could end his chances of joining Kelly Ripa as co-host of ABC’s syndicated chat show Live.
Private Life and Family Relations
Cooper has two older half-brothers from Gloria Vanderbilt’s ten-year marriage to conductor Leopold Stokowski, Leopold Stanislaus “Stan” Stokowski and Christopher Stokowski. Cooper had an appearance on Henry Louis Gates’ Finding Your Roots in 2014, where he discovered an ancestor, Burwell Boykin, who was a slave owner from the southern United States.
Cooper revealed to Oprah Winfrey that he suffered dyslexia as a child while marketing his book. On The Tonight Show in August 2007, he acknowledged his “moderate dyslexia” to Jay Leno, who also has dyslexia. Cooper is openly gay, and The New York Times describes him as “the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television.” Cooper avoided addressing his personal life in interviews for years.
Anderson Cooper Discusses His Gender Awakening
As he spoke on Radio Andy with pal Andy Cohen from New York City’s historic Stonewall Inn on Friday, the Anderson Cooper 360° presenter, 55, described how meeting a shirtless Richard Gere at age 11 helped him know he was homos*xual.
He recalls meeting his mother Gloria Vanderbilt’s gay friends as a child, including Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, and photographer Paul Jasmin, who took a young Cooper to see a Broadway performance with his lover.
“And they took me to see Richard Gere in Bent,” Cooper explained. “If anyone doesn’t know about the play Bent, it’s about two gay people in a concentration camp.” “I’m referring to the first scene… It’s the gayest thing you can think of.
“And I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m homos*xual… I’m completely gay.’ Paul Jasmin afterwards became friends with Richard Gere “he said. “Because Paul Jasmin photographed American Gigolo, we go backstage and find Richard Gere shirtless in his dressing room.
“And I couldn’t say anything. And I had my Playbill, which I wanted him to autograph, but I couldn’t quit staring at his chest. So, ten years later, I was interviewing Richard Gere, and I got out the Playbill, told him the full story, and had him sign it. Yeah. He was ecstatic about it “Cooper continued.