Anderson Cooper. biography
Anderson Hays Cooper was born on June 3, 1967, in New York City to heiress Gloria Vanderbilt and writer Wyatt Emory Cooper. Anderson's initial interest in the power of questions derived from the tragic deaths of both his father and his brother Carter who committed suicide in 1988. The query of why some people survive while others do not ignited Anderson's passion to become a reporter.
After graduating from Yale University with a political science degree in 1989, Anderson got his start in news as a fact checker for the teen news program Channel One News the following year, but was so bored with the position that he picked up a video camera and traveled to Southeast Asia, documenting the conflict in Africa and Myanmar. The footage impressed many media outlets and ultimately landed him on ABC as a correspondent as well as a co-anchor on World News Now (1999-2000). He then left the world of news to host ABC's reality show The Mole (2001-2002), but returned as a correspondent for CNN following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Once there, Anderson established himself as a household name when he landed his own news show Anderson Cooper 360 (2003-2013), which went on to win the News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story - Long Form ("Starving in Plain Sight") and Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast ("Charity Hospital") in 2006. The show has since earned both the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast ("Haiti in Ruins") and Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story - Long Form ("Crisis in Haiti").
Despite not being a movie star, Anderson continued to become a recognizable face in 2011, on the account of his TV series Anderson Live (2011-2013). He has since appeared on the TV programs Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2011-2013), Erin Burnett OutFront (2012) and was the host for The 6th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute (2012).
In addition to receiving awards for Anderson Cooper 360, Anderson won the Bronze Telly Award for his coverage of the famine in Somalia, the 1997 Emmy Award for his coverage of Princess Diana's funeral, the 2001 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism, the 2005 Peabody Award for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 National Headliner Award for Coverage of a Major News Event and the 2010 National Order of Honour and Merit for his reporting on the Haiti earthquake.
Anderson Cooper & Dating History Timeline
2009 - Present
For many years, Anderson pussyfooted around questions surrounding his sexuality, but finally came clean in July 2012, giving Andrew Sullivan permission to release an email he had written that partially stated:
"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."
Anderson has been dating gay bar owner Benjamin Maisani since 2009, and has said that they are planning on getting married sometime in the future (mostly likely when the country gets over itself and legalizes same-sex marriage).