Anderson Cooper Bio, Age, Height, CNN, Net Worth, Salary, Parents, and Gay

Anderson Cooper Bio, Wiki

Anderson Cooper is an American broadcast journalist working for CNN serving the station as a political commentator Anchor/ Reporter. He has been working with this station since 2001.

Anderson Cooper Age

Copper is 55 years old as of 2022. He was born on June 3 1967 in New York, United States.

Anderson Cooper Height

Copper stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 10 inches.

Anderson Cooper Education

Cooper attended the Dalton School, a private co-educational day school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. At age 17, after graduating from Dalton a semester early, Cooper traveled 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 attended Yale University, where he resided in Trumbull College. He was inducted into the Manuscript Society, majoring in political science and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989.

During college, Cooper spent two summers as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency while studying political science. He pursued journalism with no formal journalistic education. He is 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 Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

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Anderson Cooper Career

Cooper works at CNN as a political commentator. He left The Mole after its second season to return to broadcast news. When he joined CNN he commented, “Two seasons was enough, and 9/11 happened, and he thought he needed to be getting back to the news.” When he joined CNN he first worked as an anchor alongside Paula Zahn on American Morning. He became CNN’s weekend prime-time anchor in 2002. He has hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve special from Times Square since 2002.

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

He started hosting a show in 2007 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, which honors and recognizes extraordinary deeds by ordinary people.

Anderson Cooper Channel One

Cooper tried to gain entry-level employment with ABC  after graduating from Yale answering telephones but was unsuccessful. He decided to enlist the help of a friend in making a fake press pass when he found it hard to get his foot in the door of on-air reporting. At the time, Cooper was working for the small news agency Channel One which produces a youth-oriented news program that is broadcast to many junior high and secondary schools in the United States.

He lived in Vietnam for a year to study the Vietnamese language at the University of Hanoi after reporting from Myanmar. Cooper soon started filming and assembling reports of Vietnamese life and culture that aired on Channel One persuading Channel One to allow him to bring a Hi8 camera with him. He went back to filming stories from a variety of war-torn regions around the globe, including Bosnia, Rwanda, and Somalia.

In 1994 he realized that he had 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” after having been on such assignments for a couple of years.

Planet in Peril documentary

Cooper started hosting the documentary Planet in Peril with  Jeff Corwin and Sanjay Gupta on CNN in October 2007. Cooper, Lisa Ling, and  Gupta from National Geographic Explorer teamed up in 2008 for a sequel, Planet in Peril: Battle Lines, which premiered in December 2008.

Syndicated talk show: Anderson Live

Two corporate siblings of CNN Warner Bros and Telepictures announced that Cooper had signed an agreement to host a nationally syndicated talk show in September 2010. The journalist Brian Stelter worked for The New York Times and is now working for CNN reported on Twitter that the new Warner Bros.

The talk show named Anderson Live premiered on September 12, 2011, Cooper a member of negotiations over the talk show deal signed a new multi-year contract with CNN to continue as the host of Anderson Cooper 360°. It was announced that Anderson Live would end at the conclusion of its second season on October 29, 2012. On May 30, 2013, is when the final Anderson Live aired

2016 presidential debates

Cooper moderated the second presidential election debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with Martha Raddatz. He became the first openly LGBT person to moderate a presidential debate in the general election.

Anderson Cooper 360°

Cooper became the anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN on September 8, 2003. He signed a multi-year deal with CNN that 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 2007. Cooper reported a number of important stories, including the Cedar Revolution in Beirut, Lebanon; the tsunami damage in Sri Lanka; the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles and the death of Pope John Paul II. He also reported the Niger famine from Maradi in August 2005.

The format of CNN’s NewsNight was changed from 60 to 120 minutes to cover the unusually violent hurricane season in September 2005. Cooper was temporarily added as co-anchor to Aaron Brown to help distribute some of the increased workloads. The same month the arrangement was reported to have been made permanent by the president of CNN’s U.S. operations, Jonathan Klein, who has called Cooper “the anchorperson of the future”.  On November 2, 2005, Klein announced a major programming shakeup.

Anderson Cooper ABC

Cooper became a reporter for ABC News in 1995, finally rising from to the position of co-anchor on its overnight World News Now program on September 21, 1999. He switched career paths, taking a job as the host of ABC’s reality shows The Mole in 2000.

In 2007, Cooper was a fill-in co-host for Regis Philbin on Live with Regis and Kelly when Philbin underwent triple-bypass heart surgery. As of 2019, he still occasionally works as a guest co-host on Live when one of the two hosts cannot go to work.

Anderson Cooper New Years’ Eve

Andy Cohen Cooper’s close friend joined Cooper in succeeding Kathy Griffin as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage in 2017. Again, they co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Anderson Cooper’s 60 Minutes

Since 2007 Cooper has been a reporter for the CBS News program 60 Minutes while concurrently working as a CNN anchor and reporter.

Other work


Cooper and Andy Cohen announced that they would be going on a national tour to perform their conversational stage show AC2 beginning in March 2015. The tour opened in Boston, followed by Miami Beach, Atlanta, and Chicago.  After Cooper interviewed Cohen about his then-latest book, The Andy Cohen Diaries, at an event at the 92nd Street Y in New York City is when the idea for the show came about. since then, the two-man show has continued to tour, reaching more than fifty cities as of October 2018.


the 2011 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, directed by Rob Ashford and starring Daniel Radcliffe was narrated by Cooper.

Anderson Cooper Writings

Cooper who is a freelance writer has written a variety of articles that have appeared in many other outlets, including  Details magazine. He 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 in May 2006.

Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, co-authored The Rainbow Comes and Goes A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss in 2017. Compiled from the memoir recounts their shared past, Vanderbilt’s tumultuous childhood, and a series of emails. His purpose in writing the book and correspondence was to leave “nothing left unsaid” between the pair.

Anderson Cooper Jeopardy!

Cooper worked as a guest host on Jeopardy! following the death of Alex Trebek from April 19–30, 2021.

Anderson Cooper CNN

Cooper works at CNN where he works alongside his fellow anchors, reporters, and meteorologists such as;

  1. Christina Macfarlane
  2. Chris Wallace
  3. Alisyn Camerota
  4. Ana Cabrera
  5. Zain Asher
  6. John Berman
  7. David Axelrod
  8. John Avlon
  9. Victor Blackwell
  10. Dana Bash

Anderson Cooper’s Net Worth

In Copper’s career as a political commentator, he has been able to accumulate a net worth ranging between $1 Million and $3 Million.

Anderson Cooper Salary

He receives annual earnings that range between $35,000 and $100,000.

Anderson Cooper’s Parents and Siblings

Born and raised in the United States, Cooper was born in Manhattan, New York City, the younger son of writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and artist Gloria Vanderbilt. His maternal grandparents were millionaire equestrian Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt of the Vanderbilt family and socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and Reginald’s patrilineal great-grandfather was business magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who founded the prominent Vanderbilt shipping and railroad fortune. On his mother’s side, he is a great-great-grandson of Civil War brevet Major General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, who was with General William Tecumseh Sherman on his march through Georgia, and of the Major General’s Chilean wife, Luisa Fernandez de Valdivieso. Through his maternal line, he is a second cousin, once removed, of screenwriter James Vanderbilt.

When Cooper was 21, his 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 expressed her belief that the suicide was caused by a psychotic episode induced by an allergy to the anti-asthma prescription drug salbutamol. Carter’s suicide sparked Anderson’s interest in journalism.

Anderson Cooper Gay/ Spouse

Cooper is openly gay; as of 2012, he was (according to The New York Times) “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.

In 2014, Cooper and his long-term partner, Benjamin Maisani, purchased Rye House, a historic estate in Connecticut. In March 2018, Cooper confirmed that he and Maisani had split up. The two have remained close friends, however, and went on to co-parent Cooper’s children.

Anderson Cooper Kids

On April 30, 2020, Cooper announced the birth of his son Wyatt Morgan Cooper by a surrogate on April 27. “On Monday I became a father. I’ve never said that out loud and it astonishes me. Though Cooper and Benjamin Maisani are no longer romantically involved, the pair co-parent the child, and Maisani was present in the delivery room for Wyatt’s birth. Wyatt is named after Cooper’s late father, Wyatt Cooper, and his middle name is derived from the Vanderbilt side of his family, being the maiden name of his maternal grandmother Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt.

On February 10, 2022, Cooper announced at the beginning of his show on CNN that he had just become a father for a second time to a son named Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper. Maisani is in the process of adopting Cooper’s son Wyatt, after which Wyatt’s surname will become Maisani-Cooper.

Anderson Cooper’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

He is vocal on her social media accounts where he posts frequently. On his Twitter account, he has about 9.9M followers, around 992K followers on her Facebook page, and about 3.6M followers on his Instagram account.