SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE SHRINE ABOVE THE BED WHILE MOMMY READS A STORY TO HIM AND BROTHER:
Huh, imagine that, a love obsession with death:
via Wikipedia and “Anderson Cooper’s Private War” by Po Bronson; Men’s Journal, March 2007
STILL IN BED WITH MOMMY:
DADDY’S DEAD NOW…AND SO IS BROTHER, IN A “SUICIDE”:
STILL IN BED WITH MOMMY:
UNABLE TO PROCESS A RELATIONSHIP WITH WOMEN? WOW, CAN’T IMAGINE WHY:
When silver fox Anderson Cooper was tall, DARK and handsome: A rare look at his office, quirky hobby, weird eating habits and troubled past
It may be shocking to some, but CNN star journalist Anderson Cooper didn’t always have gray hair.
In an intimate video tour of his office with fellow ‘AC360’ reporter Vladimir Duthiers, Anderson Cooper, 43, said: ‘I started with Flock of Seagulls brown hair, then evolved into the gray ghost that I now appear’.
Mr Cooper also joked about his strange hobby, collecting hand-painted African signs, and shared memories of his career and troubled family.
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Younger days: Anderson Cooper as a young man, shown on an old press pass now hanging in his office
Then and now: Anderson Cooper, who said, ‘What’s a little bit alarming about seeing all these press passes is it’s basically just watching me age over the years’
Tour: ‘AC360’ reporter Vladimir Duthiers (left) took CNN viewers through Anderson Cooper’s office, where the star anchor shared memories
Mr Duthiers, who Mr Cooper called ‘Vlad’, said: ‘We’re standing in the lair of the silver fox’.
After Mr Cooper appeared embarrassed by the moniker, Mr Duthiers teased, ‘You know you love that name. It’s cool. I wish I had that name’.
The two colleagues also showed off Mr Cooper’s wall-mounted collages of press passes that the star anchor had collected over his 20-year career.
They showcased his first press pass, which they said Mr Cooper and friends had ‘faked’ and ‘forged’ shortly after he graduated from college (Yale University). That was in 1989, and he completed a major in political science.
Memory lane: Anderson Cooper shows off his collages of press passes in his CNN office
Forged start: Anderson Cooper admitted he and a friend ‘faked’ this press pass so he could shoot his own news segments while on a self-financed trip to Myanmar, shortly after he graduated from Yale in 1989
Bosnia: A press pass from the 1990s, when Mr Cooper covered global conflicts around the world for ‘real’ news organizations
World traveller: Mr Cooper reported from the Balkans to Rwanda. He has admitted being affected by seeing such much violence and sadness
‘I started out of college with a fake press pass, I went to a war’, Mr Cooper said. Mr Dutheirs added that it was to Southeast Asia (specifically Myanmar).
After graduating, Mr Cooper had tried to get a job answering phones at ABC, but wasn’t hired. He hadn’t received any formal training in journalism, though he has said he was a ‘news junkie’ since being ‘in utero’.
While in college, he had spent two summers as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency, but decided he didn’t want to pursue a career at the agency.
Mr Cooper soon started working as a fact checker for Channel One, which makes youth-centred news reports to be broadcast in schools. After his self-financed reporting trip to Myanmar, he was able to sell the news segments he self-produced there to Channel One, launching his broadcast career.
20-year career: Lots of memories of stories worked. Mr Cooper hadn’t received any formal training in journalism, though he has said he was a ‘news junkie’ since being ‘in utero’
‘Gray ghost’: Mr Cooper’s press pass from 2002, showing his trademark silver hair. The anchor is 43 now
Shortly after that, he returned to Southeast Asia to study the Vietnamese language for a year. He produced more news segments and sold them to Channel One.
Back in his office, Mr Cooper showed Mr Duthiers more of his legitimate press passes for subsequent years, from reporting trips to Bosnia, Croatia, Israel, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Cambodia and elsewhere.
Mr Cooper said: ‘What’s a little bit alarming about seeing all these press passes is it’s basically just watching me age over the years’.
In a reflective moment, he said: ‘I used to see people from CNN, like Christiane Amanpour, in vehicles, and I dreamed of one day having a vehicle in a war zone, or even a bullet proof vest…it was really stupid [not wearing one in conflict zones]’.
Strange hobby: Mr Cooper said he collects hand-painted signs from Africa especially from restaurants and barber shops
The anchor also showed off his collection of hand-painted signs from Africa, which he jokingly admitted is a strange hobby. He talked about offering a shop owner in Congo $100 for one, which delighted the man.
Mr Cooper also pointed to the collection of photos on a wall, many of the shots showing friends, family and scenes from his travels around the world.
He said: ‘I think it’s important to remember them and to honour them and to think about them, so I try to keep a lot of people’s pictures up on the wall’.
He pointed to a picture of himself as a young boy in New Orleans with his father, writer Wyatt Emory Cooper, who died of heart disease in January 1978 at the age of 50.
Father and son: Anderson Cooper, right, as a boy with his father, writer Wyatt Emory Cooper, who died of heart disease in January 1978 at 50
Tragic family: Young Mr Cooper and his heiress mom Gloria Vanderbilt, plus his older brother Carter, who killed himself at age 23 by jumping off the 14-story terrace of the family’s luxury apartment
Mr Cooper also showed a portrait of his mother and brother.
His mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, is an artist, designer and socialite of the famous Vanderbilt family. Anderson Cooper is the great-great-great-grandson of railroad baron Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Mr Cooper’s older brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, committed suicide on July 22, 1988, at age 23, by leaping from the family’s 14th-floor luxury apartment in New York City. Ms Vanderbilt later claimed the young man had a psychotic episode caused by an allergic reaction to an anti-asthma medication.
In his office, Mr Cooper also showed off his lunch, which he said came from Boston Market.
Consistency: Mr Cooper said he likes to eat the same thing for lunch every day, especially Boston Market
Sign off: Mr Cooper finishes the office tour
He said: ‘I eat the same meal pretty much every day, which is Boston Market turkey…it’s like Thanksgiving every day’.
He said he ‘eats the same thing every day for a month, until I get sick of it. I like the consistency’.
In May, Mr Cooper struggled to keep a straight face when co-workers surprised him by putting up a goofy picture of him at age nine, complete with giant hair, during a report about current teen star Justin Bieber.
He said: ‘I’m just thinking about people I’m gonna fire’.
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EXCLUSIVE: Revealed: CNN host Anderson Cooper has not seen his brother for 35 years – after a bizarre dispute over their mother Gloria Vandberbilt’s SHRINK
- Christopher Stokowski, son of renowned conductor Leopold and Gloria Vanderbilt, abandoned his family and became a recluse after his mother’s therapist interfered in his relationship
- ‘Anderson adored Chris,’ Christopher’s ex-fiance April Sandmeyer told MailOnline in an exclusive interview. His disappearance broke Anderson’s heart
- Chris, who was 15 years older than Anderson, ‘spoiled him rotten’ with Lego sets and other toys and frequent trips to the beach
- When Cooper remarked this week that he was against inheriting money because it’s ‘an initiative sucker… a curse’ he may have been referring to his half brother, who has lived off his father’s estate all these years
CNN host Anderson Cooper has not seen his half-brother for 35 years – after a bizarre dispute over their mother Gloria Vanderbilt’s shrink, MailOnline can reveal today.
Christopher Stokowski cut off all contact with his family in 1978 after accusing heiress Gloria’s therapist of meddling in his love life.
Anderson was very close with his half-brother, who was 15 years his junior.
Favorite son: Heiress Gloria Vanderbilt doted on Anderson Cooper and dedicated her book, A Mother’s Story, to him. But there was no mention of Christopher in the memoir
Recluse: Christopher Stokowski (pictured right from his college days), the younger son of famed conductor Leopold Stokowski and Gloria, cut himself off from the family 35 years ago. He has not been seen or heard from since. Gloria is pictured left
‘He adored Chris, who spoiled him rotten,’ Christopher’s former fiance April Sandmeyer told MailOnline in an exclusive interview.
‘Anderson was only 10 when his daddy died and his adored older half-brother disappeared. It’s heart breaking’.
When Cooper revealed earlier this week that he was not expecting to receive any of his 90-year-old mother’s $200 million fortune, he slammed inheritance money as ‘a curse’.
Cooper, who earns $11 million-a-year as one of CNN’s top journalists, was clearly speaking from bitter experience. ‘I don’t believe in inheriting money,’ he said. ‘I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it is a curse.’
Abandoned: April Sandmeyer, a New York consultant, was engaged to Christopher but broke it off after Gloria’s shrink interfered. ‘He was the love of my life’ she said in an exclusive MailOnline interview
He could well have been referring to Chris, a recluse who lives off the estate of his conductor father Leopold Stokowski and rebuffs all contact with his family.
And now MailOnline can reveal the true heartache behind the bitter dispute that broke up his family.
Railroad heiress Gloria doted on Anderson and his older brother Carter, the sons from her fourth marriage to writer Wyatt Cooper, and has often referred to them as her ‘golden’ boys.
She is also close to her eldest son Stan Stokowski, a 63-year-old landscape gardener, and his three children. Yet nowadays she does not acknowledge his brother Christopher.
In her 1996 memoir A Mother’s Story there is no mention of him. The book tells of her heartache over Carter, who committed suicide aged 23 by leaping out of her 14th floor Manhattan apartment. She dedicated the book to Anderson.
And in an earlier autobiography, It Seemed Important At The Time, she details her four marriages and flings with Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando but only mentions her two eldest sons once.
Gloria married Stokowski, the musical genius behind Walt Disney’s Fantasia in 1945. In her memoirs she refers to the world famous orchestra leader as God.
Legacy: Renowned conductor Leopold Stowkowski left a large chunk of his vast recording fortune to Christopher, who shunned his father’s name and wanted to strike out as a musician in his own right. Sandmeyer believes he goes by an alias today
Affair: Gloria created something of a sensation by having an affair with Frank Sinatra and leaving her internationally famous husband, maestro Leopold Stokowski. She got custody of Stan and Chris
But their marriage was a tumultuous one and following her affair with Sinatra they divorced ten years later. Gloria also fought for custody of Stan and Chris, then aged five and three.
An aspiring actress and artist, Gloria finally found the happiness and success she’d craved her entire life when she met magazine editor Wyatt Cooper, who came from a family with no money.
They married on Christmas Eve 1963 and Gloria was soon pregnant with Carter and then Anderson. By the mid-1970s she was also a household name with her signature fashion jeans.
Chris, who was painfully shy as a child and led a solitary life at Bard College, hated his mother’s new- found fame. He also shied away from using his surname as he tried to carve out his own career as a musician.
While his gregarious older brother Stan moved in with his girlfriend and played drums in a jazz group, Christopher lived at home with his mother’s new family and played in a band at New York’s fabled Max’s Kansas City under a fake name.
In 1974, he fell in love with socialite April Sandmeyer, and the two were planning marriage when Chris’s father, then in his 90s and living in the English village of Nether Wallop, fell ill.
Oldest son: Cooper’s half-brother brother, 63-year-old Stan Stokowski, is still very close with Gloria. He refused to comment about the whereabouts of his brother Christopher
The duo moved to Europe, splitting their time between Britain and Stokowski’s estate in the South of France.
Stokowski, who once had an affair with Greta Garbo, was 95 when he died in September 1977. Chris inherited a large chunk of his father’s vast recording fortune but back home in New York his life quickly unraveled.
His stepfather Cooper died months later, aged just 50, and Gloria fell under the spell of a handsome therapist called Dr Christ Zois.
In her memoirs, Gloria describes him as a young Ryan O’Neil lookalike and tells how she paid for him, his family and lawyer friend Thomas Andrews to fly to France on Concorde.
She lavished them with grand holidays and Cartier watches. They were frequent guests at her homes in Manhattan and the Hamptons – and Zois constantly offered advice on her children and their relationships.
April was so shocked and upset when she discovered Zois had been meddling in her relationship and making comments about her that she broke up with Christopher.
Happier days: Gloria and husband Wyatt Cooper and sons Anderson (left) and Carter, at their Southhampton, NY home, were the portrait of a loving family. Wyatt died suddenly in 1977 and Carter committed suicide in 1988
Today April still finds it hard to describe what happened. ‘Christopher was the love of my life,’ she tells MailOnline in an exclusive interview.
‘But I was so devastated when I discovered what Zois had done that I felt I had no choice but to break things off with Christopher. I can’t tell you what Zois said, it is just too personal. But I was heartbroken’.
Chris, then 26, finally broke away from his mother and moved into an apartment on East 44th Street to try and win April back.
When she refused to see him, he informed his mother that he was leaving New York for good.
‘He just wanted to get away. It was all too much for him,’ said a former associate.
‘Chris never felt like he was loved and April felt the same – they were two peas in a pod. Then Gloria’s shrink got in the middle and messed everything up.
Mommy dearest: Anderson grew up the privileged son of heiress Gloria. Today, with his $11 million CNN salary, he has no regrets about not receiving any part of his mother’s $200 million fortune.
‘Chris just took off – at first he went to his father’s old farm in Nether Wallop [England], then he headed for the hills. He was in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, then Vermont. But he did not tell his family any of that.’
Ten years later when April attended Carter’s funeral in 1988 Gloria rushed up to her and asked her where Chris was.
‘She thought we had gone off and been together the whole time,’ says April. ‘She had no idea we had broken up.’
By then Gloria had discovered that Dr Zois and the lawyer Edwards had ripped her off to the tune of millions. She successfully sued them but never received a penny of the $1.6 million they were ordered to pay back.
Edwards died of cancer shortly afterwards but Zois was stripped of his medical license after he was convicted of bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
‘Zois ruined so many lives – mine, Christopher’s, Gloria’s and Charlie Chaplin’s widow Oona, Gloria’s best friend, who he also ripped off,’ says philanthropist April, a picture agent and former public relations executive.
‘If I had known at the time that Gloria sued Zois, I would have offered to be a witness for her.
‘In fact, I should have sued him myself, but I won’t talk about it or the family other than to say we were all very happy before Zois interfered. They loved me and I loved them’.
Gloria discovered that Zois and Edwards had not only sold off her $10 million-a-year fashion and home furnishing business behind her back, they had also failed to pay any of her taxes.
Betrothal: Anderson and Benjamin Maisani are planning to get married. But while 90-year-old Gloria is likely to attend their ceremony, his half-brother Christopher is not
She was forced to sell her homes to repay the taxman but battled back to forge a second career as a memoir writer and artist.
Chris was also a talented artist, creating shadow boxes and other small pieces. But he was too shy to exhibit under his own name.
‘Wherever he is, he won’t be using the names Stokowski or Vanderbilt’, said his associate from the 1970s.
‘He had very few friends growing up and after he left he stayed in touch with just one person, who sadly died in 2005. I know he asked after April, he wanted to know how she was doing. But that was it.
‘Even in the center of Manhattan he was hermit-like. He was a regular at Max’s Kansas City – the hottest club going – but no one knew his name.
‘The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Andy Warhol were regulars. Chris sometimes played on stage but he used a fake name.
‘His father was world famous, a legend in classical music circles, and he didn’t want to be judged on that.
‘And his mother’s name was embroidered on the back pocket of every other pair of jeans. He used to walk down the street counting the number of women wearing her jeans.
‘Then his father died, his mother got involved with the shrink and April broke up with him. It was all too much. He had to get away.
‘I feel sorry for Anderson. He adored Chris, who spoiled him rotten buying him LEGO sets and other fancy toys. They spent every summer building sandcastles on the beach.
My two sons: By 1978 Christopher had cut off all contact with Gloria and his half-brothers Wyatt and Carter. Gloria didn’t even know that Chris’ fiance April had left him until Wyatt’s funeral ten years later
‘Anderson was only 10 when his daddy died and his adored older half-brother disappeared. It’s heartbreaking.’
Gloria has only spoken once publicly about Chris, telling the Daily Telegraph in 2004: ‘He cut himself off completely from all of us. He told us what he wanted to do and he’s done it.
‘When Carter died I thought he would come back but he didn’t. And we respect his wishes.’
Stan, a renowned landscaper in the Hamptons whose work has been featured in Architectural Digest, told the MailOnline: ‘I really don’t want to talk about this.’
Anderson’s spokeswoman Lauren Varney said: ‘We do not comment on our client’s personal life’.
Gloria did not respond to a message left at her apartment building. Zois, now 74 and a scriptwriter, did not return calls.
Chris’s last known address was a post office box in Montpelier, Vermont.
Anderson, now 46 and planning to marry his bar owner boyfriend Benjamin Maisani, remains close to his mother but is insistent he doesn’t want her money.
He told radio show host Howard Stern on Monday: ‘Who has inherited a lot of money that has gone on to do things in their own life?
‘From the time I was growing up, if I felt there was some pot of gold waiting for me, I don’t know that I would have been so motivated.
‘My dad grew up really poor in Mississippi. I paid attention to that.’
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Cooper at Tulane University in May 2010
|Born||Anderson Hays Cooper
June 3, 1967
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education||Yale University (BA)|
Talk show host
Game show host
|Notable credit(s)||World News Now co-anchor (1999–2000)
American Morning anchor (2002)
Anderson Cooper 360°anchor (2003–present)
Anderson Live host (2011–2013)
|Parent(s)||Gloria Vanderbilt (mother)
Wyatt Emory Cooper(father)
|Relatives||See Vanderbilt family|
Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is an American journalist, author, and television personality. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. The program is normally broadcast live from a New York City studio; however, Cooper often broadcasts live on location for breaking news stories. From September 2011 to May 2013, he also served as host of his own eponymous syndicated daytime talk show, Anderson Live.
Early life and education
Cooper was born in New York City, the younger son of the writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and the artist, designer, writer, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. His maternal grandparents were millionaire equestrian Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and his maternal great-great-great-grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt of the prominent Vanderbilt shipping and railroad fortune. He is also a descendant, through his mother, of Civil War brevetMajor General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, who was with General William T. Sherman on his march through Georgia.
Cooper’s media experience began early. As a baby, he was photographed by Diane Arbus for Harper’s Bazaar. At the age of three, Cooper was a guest on The Tonight Show on September 17, 1970, appearing with his mother. At the age of nine, he appeared on To Tell the Truth as an impostor. From age 10 to 13, Cooper modeled with Ford Models forRalph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Macy’s.
Cooper’s father suffered a series of heart attacks while undergoing open-heart surgery, and died January 5, 1978, at the age of 50. Cooper considers his father’s book Families to be “sort of a guide on…how he would have wanted me to live my life and the choices he would have wanted me to make. And so I feel very connected to him.”
Cooper’s older brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, committed suicide on July 22, 1988, at age 23, by jumping from the 14th-floor terrace of Vanderbilt’s New York City penthouse apartment. Gloria Vanderbilt later wrote about her son’s death in the book A Mother’s Story, in which she expresses her belief that the suicide was caused by a psychotic episodeinduced by an allergy to the anti-asthma prescription drug salbutamol. Anderson cites Carter’s suicide for sparking his interest in journalism. “Loss is a theme that I think a lot about, and it’s something in my work that I dwell on. I think when you experience any kind of loss, especially the kind I did, you have questions about survival: Why do some people thrive in situations that others can’t tolerate? Would I be able to survive and get on in the world on my own?”
Cooper was educated at the Dalton School, a co-educational independent school in New York City. At age 17, after graduating from the Dalton School a semester early, Cooper travelled around Africa for several months on a “survival trip”. He contracted malaria on the trip and was hospitalized in Kenya. Describing the experience, Cooper wrote “Africa was a place to forget and be forgotten in.” Cooper went on to attend Yale University, where he resided in Trumbull College, and was inducted into the Manuscript Society, majoring in political science and graduated in 1989.
During college, Cooper spent two summers as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency. Although he has no formal journalistic education, he opted to pursue a career in journalism rather than stay with the agency after school, having been a self-proclaimed “news junkie since [he] was in utero.” After his first correspondence work in the early 1990s, he took a break from reporting and lived in Vietnam for a year, during which time he studied the Vietnamese language at theUniversity of Hanoi.
After Cooper graduated from Yale University, he tried to gain entry-level employment with ABC answering telephones, but was unsuccessful. Finding it hard to get his foot in the door of on-air reporting, Cooper decided to enlist the help of a friend in making a fake press pass. At the time, Cooper was working as a fact checker for the small news agency Channel One, which produces a youth-oriented news program that is broadcast to many junior high and high schools in the United States. Cooper then entered Myanmar on his own with his forged press pass and met with students fighting the Burmese government. He was ultimately able to sell his home-made news segments to Channel One.
After reporting from Burma, Cooper lived in Vietnam for a year to study the Vietnamese language at the University of Hanoi. Persuading Channel One to allow him to bring a Hi-8 camera with him, Cooper soon began filming and assembling reports of Vietnamese life and culture that aired on Channel One. He later returned to filming stories from a variety of war-torn regions around the globe, includingSomalia, Bosnia, and Rwanda.
On assignment for several years[when?] Cooper had very slowly become desensitized to the violence he was witnessing around him; the horrors of the Rwandan Genocide became trivial: “I would see a dozen bodies and think, you know, it’s a dozen, it’s not so bad.” One particular incident, however, snapped him out of it:
On the side of the road [Cooper] came across five bodies that had been in the sun for several days. The skin of a woman’s hand was peeling off like a glove. Revealing macabre fascination, Cooper whipped out his disposable camera and took a closeup photograph for his personal album. As he did, someone took a photo of him. Later that person showed Cooper the photo, saying, “You need to take a look at what you were doing.” “And that’s when I realized I’ve got to stop, […] I’ve got to report on some state fairs or a beauty pageant or something, to just, like, remind myself of some perspective.”
In 1995, Cooper became a correspondent for ABC News, eventually rising to the position of co-anchor on its overnight World News Now program on September 21, 1999. In 2000 he switched career paths, taking a job as the host of ABC’s reality show The Mole.
My last year at ABC, I was working overnights anchoring this newscast, then during the day at 20/20. So I was sleeping in two- or four-hour shifts, and I was really tired and wanted a change. I wanted to clear my head and get out of news a little bit, and I was interested in reality TV—and it wasinteresting.
Cooper left The Mole after its second season to return to broadcast news in 2001 at CNN, commenting, “Two seasons was enough, and 9/11 happened, and I thought I needed to be getting back to news.” His first position at CNN was to anchor alongside Paula Zahn on American Morning. In 2002 he became CNN’s weekend prime-time anchor. Since 2002, he has hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve special from Times Square. On September 8, 2003, he was made anchor of Anderson Cooper 360°.
Describing his philosophy as an anchor, Cooper has said:
I think the notion of traditional anchor is fading away, the all-knowing, all-seeing person who speaks from on high. I don’t think the audience really buys that anymore. As a viewer, I know I don’t buy it. I think you have to be yourself, and you have to be real and you have to admit what you don’t know, and talk about what you do know, and talk about what you don’t know as long as you say you don’t know it. I tend to relate more to people on television who are just themselves, for good or for bad, than I do to someone who I believe is putting on some sort of persona. The anchorman on The Simpsons is a reasonable facsimile of some anchors who have that problem.
Cooper covered a number of important stories in 2005, including the tsunami damage in Sri Lanka; the Cedar Revolution in Beirut, Lebanon; the death of Pope John Paul II; and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
During CNN coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he confronted Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. Trent Lott, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson about their perception of the government response. As Cooper said later in an interview with New York magazine, “Yeah, I would prefer not to be emotional and I would prefer not to get upset, but it’s hard not to when you’re surrounded by brave people who are suffering and in need.” As Broadcasting & Cable magazine noted, “In its aftermath, Hurricane Katrina served to usher in a new breed of emo-journalism, skyrocketing CNN’s Anderson Cooper to superstardom as CNN’s golden boy and a darling of the media circles because of his impassioned coverage of the storm.”
In August 2005, he covered the Niger famine from Maradi. In September 2005 the format of CNN’s NewsNight was changed from 60 to 120 minutes to cover the unusually violent hurricane season. To help distribute some of the increased workload, Cooper was temporarily added as co-anchor to Aaron Brown. This arrangement was reported to have been made permanent the same month by the president of CNN’s U.S. operations, Jonathan Klein, who has called Cooper “the anchorperson of the future.” Following the addition of Cooper, the ratings for NewsNight increased significantly; Klein remarked that “[Cooper’s] name has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue.” To further capitalize on this, Klein announced a major programming shakeup on November 2, 2005. Cooper’s 360° program would be expanded to 2 hours and shifted into the 10 pm ET slot formerly held by NewsNight, with the third hour of Wolf Blitzer‘s The Situation Room filling in Cooper’s former 7 pm ET slot. With “no options” left for him to host shows, Aaron Brown left CNN, ostensibly having “mutually agreed” with Jonathan Klein on the matter. In early 2007 Cooper signed a multi-year deal with CNN, which would allow him to continue as a contributor to 60 Minutes as well as doubling his salary from $2 million annually to a reported $4 million.
In October 2007 Cooper began hosting the documentary Planet in Peril, with Sanjay Gupta and Jeff Corwin on CNN. In 2008 he, Gupta, and Lisa Ling from National Geographic Explorer teamed up for a sequel, “Planet in Peril: Battle Lines,” which premiered in December 2008. In 2007 he also began hosting CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, a show which honors and recognizes extraordinary deeds by ordinary people.
Syndicated talk show
Warner Bros. and Telepictures (both corporate siblings of CNN) announced in September 2010 that Cooper had signed an agreement to host a nationally syndicated talk show. The New York Times ’ Brian Stelter reported on Twitter that the new Warner Bros. daytime talk show would be named Anderson (now titled Anderson Live). The show premiered on September 12, 2011, and, as part of negotiations over the talk show deal, Cooper signed a new multi-year contract with CNN to continue as the host of Anderson Cooper 360°. On October 29, 2012, it was announced that Anderson Live would end at the conclusion of its second season. The show, slightly renamed after season one and revamped with a variety of co-hosts, failed to achieve the ratings distributor Warner Brothers hoped for. The finalAnderson Live aired on May 20, 2013.
In May 2006, Cooper published a memoir for HarperCollins, Dispatches from the Edge, detailing his life and work in Sri Lanka, Africa, Iraq and Louisiana over the previous year. Some of the book’s proceeds are donated to charity. The book topped the New York Times bestseller list on June 18, 2006.
Cooper has two older half-brothers, Leopold Stanislaus “Stan” Stokowski (born 1950), and Christopher Stokowski (born 1952), from Gloria Vanderbilt‘s ten-year marriage to the conductor Leopold Stokowski.
He said to Oprah Winfrey—while promoting his book—that he had suffered from dyslexia as a child. In August 2007 he confirmed his “mild dyslexia” on The Tonight Show to Jay Leno, who also has dyslexia.
Cooper is openly gay; according to The New York Times, he is “the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television.” For years, Cooper avoided discussing his private life in interviews.
On July 2, 2012, however, he gave Andrew Sullivan permission to publish an email that stated, in part:
I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something—something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true. … The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.
Cooper and his boyfriend, gay bar owner Benjamin Maisani, have been dating since 2009. Cooper considered coming out to the public when same-sex marriagebecame legal in New York in July 2011.
|1993||Bronze Telly||Telly Awards||Coverage of famine in Somalia||Won|
|1997||Emmy Award||ATAS/NATAS||Coverage of Princess Diana‘s funeral||Won|
|2001||GLAAD Media Award||Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation||20/20 Downtown: “High School Hero” – report on high school athlete Corey Johnson||Outstanding TV Journalism||Won|
|2005||Peabody Award||Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at theUniversity of Georgia||Coverage of Hurricane Katrina||Won|
|National Headliner Award||Press Club of Atlantic City||Anderson Cooper 360: “Wave of Destruction” – 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami coverage||Coverage of a Major News Event||Won|
|2006||Emmy Award||ATAS/NATAS||Anderson Cooper 360: “Charity Hospital”||Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast||Won|
|Anderson Cooper 360: “Starving in Plain Sight”||Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story – Long Form||Won|
|2007||Emmy Award||ATAS/NATAS||Anderson Cooper 360: “Sago Mines”||Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story – Long Form||Nominated|
|Anderson Cooper 360: “High Rise Crash”||Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Lighting Direction & Scenic Design||Nominated|
|Business & Financial Reporting||Anderson Cooper 360: “Black Market Infertility”||Outstanding Coverage of a Current Business News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast||Nominated|
|2008||Emmy Award||ATAS/NATAS||Anderson Cooper 360: “Unapproved Drugs”||Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast||Nominated|
|Anderson Cooper 360: “Chicago Police Brutality”||Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast||Nominated|
|2010||National Order of Honour and Merit||Government of Haiti||Reporting on 2010 Haiti earthquake||Awarded|
|2011||Emmy Award||ATAS/NATAS||Anderson Cooper 360: “Haiti in Ruins”||Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast||Won|
|Anderson Cooper 360: “Crisis in Haiti”||Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form||Won|
|2013||GLAAD Media Award||Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation||Vito Russo Award||Awarded|
- Year of award unknown
- Silver Plaque from the Chicago International Film Festival for his report from Sarajevo on the Bosnian War
- Bronze Award from the National Education Film and Video Festival for a report on political Islam
- 1999–2000: World News Now co-anchor
- 2001–2002: The Mole host
- 2003–present: Anderson Cooper 360° anchor
- 2005: NewsNight co-anchor
- 2007–present: 60 Minutes correspondent
- 2011–2013: Anderson Live
- Mobilize: A Film About Cell Phone Radiation, 2014 documentary film (archive footage)
- Chappie, 2015 film
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