In July 2012, Anderson revealed he was gay after years of speculation and publicly stating he would not reveal his sexuality as he preferred to talk about the news than be the news
Anderson's height is 5' 10" (1.78 m).
Anderson was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Hooray for Gray!" section.
He has written a book called
Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival.
Arguably some of his best work Cooper did was the groundbreaking coverage on Hurricane Katrina.
He is often the main character used in the opening sketch of Saturday Night Live.
He doesn't like to drink hot beverages.
He was once a child model for the Ford Modeling Agency.
Anderson admits that he will not watch tapes of his own broadcasts because he finds them "incredibly boring".
Anderson left news reporting for a while to host the ABC reality show The Mole.
In 1995, at 28, he signed a contract with ABC News, making him the network's youngest correspondent.
In 1994, he went to Rwanda to cover the genocide for Channel One.
He used to wait tables at the popular restaurant "Mortimer's" in New York City.
After graduating from the Dalton School, he decided to go driving through South Africa. While there, he contracted malaria and had to be hospitalized.
His older brother Carter committed suicide in 1988.
Anderson writes a monthly column for Details magazine.
He has a dog named Ozzie.
Anderson was once an anchor for ABC's overnight news show World News Now in the late 1990's.
Anderson studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi after graduating from Yale.
He graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a B.A. in Political Science.
Anderson went to and graduated high school from The Dalton School in Manhattan in New York City.
His mother is the prominent socialite/writer/designer Gloria Vanderbilt and his father was author Wyatt Cooper, who died when Anderson was just 10 years old.
Anderson is best known as the host of the very popular reality show The Mole for the first two seasons. Since then, he became an anchor on CNN and got his own show.
Anderson worked at many other tv networks before joining CNN.
(during a panel discussion during final Democratic primaries of 2008, Anderson attempted to get some inside information from super delegate, Donna Brazile, about the possibility of Obama asking Clinton to be his running mate)
Anderson: I'm looking for something he hasn't told anyone else - just you.
Donna Brazile: (cocks her head and smiles) Anderson, you're not my boo.
Anderson: I wanna be your boo. (pauses) I don't really even know what that means.
Anderson Cooper: 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.
Anderson: 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.
Anderson: There's a value to bearing witness to what hundreds of thousands of people are going through. I see nothing wrong with a reporter going through it with them. I've never pretended to grab onto something. The audience knows when something's real and when it's not.