Fast Facts

  • Is a great-great-great grandson of New York Central Railroad founder Cornelius Vanderbilt.
  • Began modeling at age 10 for Ford Models.
  • Worked as a summer intern at the CIA while in college; after college, studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi.
  • Got his start in TV news at Channel One, the cable network that broadcasts to schools; left after six months to do freelance reporting from world hot spots, including Burma, Bosnia and Rwanda.
  • Hosted ABC's short-lived reality show The Mole in 2001.
  • His memoir, Dispatches from the Edge, topped the New York Times bestseller list in June 2006.
  • Recorded the narrator voice-overs for the 2011 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
  • Has won news Emmys for his reporting on CNN and ABC.

Relationships

  • Wyatt Cooper — Father
  • Gloria Vanderbilt — Mother
  • Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski — Stepbrother
  • Carter Vanderbilt Cooper — Brother
  • Christopher Stokowski — Stepbrother

College

  • Yale University, New Haven, CT (BA in Political Science, 1989)