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Anderson Cooper Biography

Birth Name:
Anderson Hays Cooper
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
News anchor

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