Anderson Cooper anchors Anderson Cooper 360, a newscast committed to going beyond the headlines to tell in-depth stories from multiple points of view, airing weeknights at 8 p.m. on CNN. Cooper covers major news events around the world, often reporting from the scene. Most recently, he covered the Newton, Conn., school shooting, the presidential inauguration and party conventions, uprisings in the Middle East, and the aftermaths of earthquakes in Japan and Haiti. During 2007 and 2008, he traveled around the world for Planet in Peril, a documentary about issues threatening the planet, its inhabitants and its natural resources.
Cooper played a pivotal role in CNN's 2012 presidential election coverage, anchoring election night and presidential debates and conventions.
In addition to anchoring Anderson Cooper 360, Cooper also reports for CBS's 60 Minutes. He previously was the host and executive producer of his own nationally-syndicated daytime talk show, Anderson. Cooper's memoirs, Dispatches from the Edge, topped The New York Times best sellers' list and other best seller charts.
Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent, anchoring ABC's World News Now, and reporting for World News Tonight, 20/20 and 20/20 Downtown. He was also the host of the network's reality program, The Mole.
Previously, Cooper was chief international correspondent for Channel One News, where he reported on and produced stories from Bosnia, Iran, Israel, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa and Vietnam. His national stories were broadcast over the Channel One News school television network and seen in more than 12,000 classrooms nationwide.
Cooper and Anderson Cooper 360 have won major journalism awards, including multiple Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards, DuPont Awards, GLAAD Awards and National Headliners Awards. Before joining CNN, Cooper earned an Emmy Award for his contribution to ABC's coverage of Princess Diana's funeral, a Silver Plaque from the Chicago International Film Festival for his report from Sarajevo on the Bosnian Civil war, a Bronze Telly for his coverage of famine in Somalia, a Bronze Award from the National Educational Film and Video Festival for a report on political Islam, and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism for his 20/20 Downtown report on high school athlete Corey Jonson.
Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a bachelor of arts degree in political sicence. He also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi. Cooper is based in New York City.
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