ABC Anchor Anderson Cooper

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 17, 2001

What can you tell me about Anderson Cooper, the early morning anchor for ABC News?
—Barbara H., North Carolina

Anderson Cooper, the 33-year-old son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt and author Wyatt Cooper, left his anchor position to host a reality-based ABC television show titled The Mole, which debuted in January. Anderson, who is single and lives with his dog, Ozzie, in New York, graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a political science degree. He joined Channel One as a reporter, covering stories in such places as Bosnia and Somalia. In 1992, he spent five months at the University of Hanoi studying Vietnamese. He became an ABC correspondent in 1995 and began filling in as a co-anchor of World News Now. He is finishing two documentaries.