Anderson Cooper High School:
|The Dalton School, New York, NY (1985)|
Anderson Cooper College:
|B.A. in Political Science, Yale University (1989), University of Hanoi, studied Vietnamese (1991) (no degree)|
Anderson Cooper, grandson of Vanderbilt millionaires and socialites, grew up in New York City and attended the exclusive, private Dalton School. His foray into media began at the tender age of three, when he was a guest on The Tonight Show alongside his mother. When he was 10 years old, he began modeling for the likes of Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, but was more interested in geopolitics than performance. Cooper graduated from Dalton a semester early and spent several months traveling around Africa. After contracting malaria and being hospitalized in Kenya, he returned to the U.S. and attended Yale University. He majored in political science there, was inducted into the Manuscript Society, and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts. In college, he spent two summers interning at the Central Intelligent Agency, but his elder brother's suicide sparked Cooper's interest in journalism. Upon graduation, he failed to get a job with ABC, so he created a fake press pass and entered Myanmar, producing a news segment on his own about the students fighting the Burmese government. He successfully sold this to Channel One, for whom he was working as a fact-checker, and he decided to live in Vietnam for a year to study Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi. Here he filmed several more news reports, which led to him finally getting a job at ABC in 1995: this time, as a correspondent. Today, Anderson Cooper is "the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television" and has won several Emmy Awards, a GLAAD Media Award, and a Peabody Award.