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Anderson Cooper

  • American journalist
  • Born June 3, 1967

Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is an American journalist, television personality, and author. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. The program is usually broadcast live from a New York City studio; however, Cooper often broadcasts live from CNN's studios in Washington, D.C., or on location for breaking news stories. In addition, he is a correspondent for 60 Minutes. From September 2011 to May 2013, he also served as host of his own eponymous syndicated daytime talk show, Anderson Live.


I have a friend - I send her one text and I get 20 texts back. Guys don't want a million texts. It's exhausting.




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.




Anyone who says they're not afraid at the time of a hurricane is either a fool or a liar, or a little bit of both.




I don't have much experience, but the few times when I would go on a date with a girl - like when I was 12 - there was a lot of sharing, and a lot of talking, and a lot of asking how I am. They thought we were dating, and I was sort of hoping to meet their brothers.




The whole celebrity culture thing - I'm fascinated by, and repelled by, and yet I end up knowing about it.




A lot of compelling stories in the world aren't being told, and the fact that people don't know about them compounds the suffering.




If you feel like an outsider, you tend to observe things a lot more.




I think it's a good thing that there are bloggers out there watching very closely and holding people accountable. Everyone in the news should be able to hold up to that kind of scrutiny. I'm for as much transparency in the newsgathering process as possible.




When a big event happens, people turn on to CNN, not only because they know there will be people there covering an event on the ground, but because they know we're going to cover it in a way that's non-partisan, that's not left or right.




When I was younger, I talked to the adults around me that I respected most about how they got where they were, and none of them plotted a course they could have predicted, so it seemed a waste of time to plan too long-term. Since then, I've always gone on my instincts.




I've always loved reporting from the field most of all. There's something about doing live TV and being there as it happens that's always appealed to me. I think there's great value to bearing witness to these events as they're actually happening.




If I end up hosting 'Joker's Wild,' please shoot me.




I am sort of drawn toward places in the world where there is struggle and conflict.




That's the thing about suicide. Try as you might to remember how a person lived his life, you always end up thinking about how he ended it.




Anyone who has experienced a certain amount of loss in their life has empathy for those who have experienced loss.




Not to sound too Dr. Phil all of a sudden, but I think the key to survival is to embrace one's past and to not run away from it. And to come to some sort of relationship with it or understanding of it.




If you learn the language of loss early, I think you seek out others who have experienced the same thing, who speak that same language of loss.




Obviously I was well aware that I had what people consider a privileged upbringing. My mom was never a bake-cookies sort of mom. I really had no reins whatsoever.




If I'm hip, we've got a problem in this country. I really shouldn't be held up as any model of hipness. If anything, I think I'm sort of old school in my approach to objective reporting and not wearing my opinion on my sleeve. There's a lot of that in American TV news these days. Too much, in fact.




I'd like to have kids at some point. I think I'll have a family someday.




I can begin to understand how anchor monsters are made. If you're not careful, you can become used to being treated as though you're special and begin to expect it.




I've been addicted to TV since I emerged from the womb.




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.




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.




The world reacts very strangely to people they see on TV, and I can begin to understand how anchor monsters are made. If you're not careful, you can become used to being treated as though you're special and begin to expect it. For a reporter, that's the kiss of death.




I suppose if you've never bitten your nails, there isn't any way to explain the habit. It's not enjoyable, really, but there is a certain satisfaction - pride in a job well done.




I've always giggled like a 13-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber meet and greet. There's nothing I can do about it but I've never not been able to stop.




Our skin is very thin. It doesn't take much for us to jump off a ledge or to kill one another. It can happen very, very quickly.



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