Cooper started as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency during his time in college. Later he started his first correspondence work from the early 1990s.
He then was able to sell his home-made news segments, after his graduation from Yale University, to Channel One.
- 1995: Joined ABC as a co-anchor
- 2001: moved to CNN.
- 2003: Became an anchor of Anderson Cooper 360°.
- 2006: Publish his memoir.
- 2007: Started hosting the show CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
Slowly and gradually he was able to flourish his name in the field of journalism. In 1995, he entered into ABC News as a correspondent then eventually he achieved a higher position.
He became the co-anchor on the overnight show “World News Now” on 21 September 1999.
A few months later in 2000, he decided to be the host of ABC’s reality show “The Mole”. Working in the ABC News he was also a fill-in co-host for Live with Regis and Kelly in 2007.
In the year 2001, Anderson Cooper joined CNN as an anchor on “American Morning” with Paula Zahn. A year after that he became the weekend prime-time anchor. Then in 2002, he hosted channel’s New Year’s Eve special from Times Square.
He began as the anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° on 8 September 2003 on CNN. He covered tons of stories like tsunami damage in Sri Lanka, the death of Pope John Paul II, the Cedar Revolution in Beirut, and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Cooper, early 2007, signed a huge deal with CNN to be the contributor to 60 Minutes. The same year he initiated hosting CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. He has also hosted the documentary “Planet in Peril” alongside Jeff Corwin and Sanjay Gupta.
His syndicated talk show “Anderson Live” was premiered on 12 September 2011 and during the same time, he made a new multi-year contract to continue Anderson Cooper 360°. The “Anderson Live” syndicate was completed on 30 May 2013.
In 2016 he became the first openly gay person who moderated a presidential election debate. He was with Martha Raddatz to moderate the second presidential election debate among Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The then that, Anderson Cooper is also a part of CBS News’ 60 Minutes since 2007. He has also become the narrator for the 2011 Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”. He is also involved in freelancing for several magazines.
In May 2006, he published a memoir “Dispatches from the Edge” for HarperCollins which was placed at number one in ‘The New York Times Best Seller List’ topper on 18 June 2006.