Anderson Hays is a character in the film Anderson Hays Cooper is a journalist and television personality who has won numerous awards. He is well-known for his work with CNN, the cable news network. Cooper is well-known for his rigorous journalistic standards, and he has covered a number of big news events all across the world. He is fascinated by war reporting because he is perplexed by the philosophical question of why some people survive adversities while others succumb to them. He has a lifelong fascination in news reporting and journalism. When he entered Myanmar with a bogus press pass and produced his own news coverage, which he sold to a local channel, he became a self-taught journalist. He filmed stories from Vietnam, Somalia, and Rwanda, among other war-torn areas of the world. He subsequently went on to work as an ABC News journalist before anchoring a reality show called ‘The Mole.’ Because he was interested in broadcast news, he turned to CNN. Since then, he’s reported on major events like as the tsunami in Sri Lanka, Pope John Paul II’s death, the conflicts in Egypt and Syria, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Sandy Hook massacres. He is currently the host of ‘Anderson Cooper 360°,’ a television news show.
Childhood and Adolescence
Anderson Hays Cooper was born on June 3, 1967, in New York City, New York, to novelist Wyatt Emory Cooper and artist, designer, and writer Gloria Vanderbilt.
From a young age, he was exposed to the media. ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ published a snapshot of him as a baby. When he was three years old, he appeared on ‘The Tonight Show’ as a guest. When he was ten years old, he began modeling for Ford Models.
He went to New York City’s ‘Dalton School.’ After graduation, the daring kid spent many months traveling over Africa. He subsequently went to ‘Yale University,’ where he majored in political science and graduated in 1989.
He worked in the ‘Central Intelligence Agency’ for two summers as an intern.
However, he found it uninteresting and opted to pursue a career as a journalist.
For a brief time, he worked as a reporter before travelling to Vietnam for a year to study the Vietnamese language at the ‘University of Hanoi.’
Career of Anderson Cooper
His first work after college was as a fact checker for a small news organization called’Channel One.’ He procured a false press pass and entered Myanmar on his own since he was bored with his work. He produced his own news segments in Myanmar, which he sold to ‘Channel One.’
In 1995, he was promoted to ABC News correspondent. In 1999, he was promoted to co-anchor of the network’s ‘World News Now’ program.
He began anchoring ABC’s reality show ‘The Mole’ in 2000. The show is a competition in which the contestants collaborate to contribute money to a pot that will ultimately be won by only one of them. After the second season, he left the game show.
In 2001, he returned to news broadcasting by joining CNN. Before becoming CNN’s weekend prime-time anchor in 2002, he co-anchored ‘American Morning’ with Paula Zahn.
He began hosting ‘Anderson Cooper 3600,’ a CNN news show that is broadcast worldwide on CNN International. The program features professional insight as well as a number of news pieces.
In 2005, he covered several major news items, including the tsunami in Sri Lanka, the Cedar Revolution, Pope John Paul II’s death, and Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ royal wedding. These stories made him renowned, and he received several significant awards as a result of them.
In 2005, he was added as a guest co-anchor to the show ‘NewsNight’ on a brief basis. Cooper was designated a permanent co-anchor after his accession, which resulted in a considerable rise in the program’s rating.
In November 2005, CNN expanded Cooper’s show ‘Anderson Cooper 3600’ to two hours and moved it to the 10 p.m. slot to capitalize on his popularity. CNN was so impressed with his work that he was awarded a multi-year contract. In 2007, his annual compensation was increased from $2 million to $4 million.
He also co-hosted the CNN documentary ‘Planet in Peril’ in 2007 alongside Sanjay Gupta and Jeff Corwin.
Hethen hosted the show ‘CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,’ which honors ordinary people who do great things. After that, he went on to host ‘Anderson Live,’ a syndicated discussion program that launched in September 2011 as ‘Anderson.’ ‘Warner Bros. Television’ distributes the show in the United States and Canada. The final episode of the show aired in May of 2013.
In 2016, he made history as the first openly homosexual moderator of the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
In 2017 and 2018, he co-hosted CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve coverage alongside Andy Cohen. Cooper works as a correspondent for CBS’s news show ’60 Minutes’ in addition to being a CNN anchor.
Major Projects of Anderson Cooper
He is most known as the host of the award-winning news program ‘Anderson Cooper 3600,’ which airs nightly and covers the day’s news and happenings. The presentation was originally scheduled for one hour, but due to Cooper’s growing popularity, CNN decided to extend it to two hours. Expert commentary of the day’s events and concerns is also included in the show.
Achievements & Awards
For his reporting on the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he was given the ‘National Order of Honour and Merit’ by the Haitian government in 2010.
For “Anderson Cooper 360: “Haiti in Ruins,” he won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast” in 2011.
He has also received three other’Emmy Awards,’ one in 1997 and two in 2006.
Personal History and Legacy
He is openly gay and was in a long-term relationship with Benjamin Maisani, the proprietor of a gay pub. Cooper announced their breakup in March 2018.
Estimated Net Worth
Anderson Cooper has a net worth of $50 million.