Anderson Cooper


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Anderson Hays Cooper is a famous American journalist known for his freelance writing and television show, Anderson Cooper 360. Cooper, 43, is a native of New York City and a graduate of Yale University, who has been practicing journalism since 1990. Anderson Cooper's great accomplishment is asserting the power of the fourth estate in his honest coverage of destructive and controversial world events.
In 1993 Cooper won the Bronze Telly Award for his coverage of the famine in Somalia. In 1997 he won an Emmy for his coverage of Princess Diana's funeral. In 2005 he was once again awarded for his coverage of both Hurricane Katrina and the earthquakes and tsunami which caused destruction in India. This year Cooper won the National Order of Honour and Merit for his reporting on the Haiti earthquake. Cooper's readers and viewers trust him to provide accurate facts and not to gloss over human rights violations that occur in the wake of tragedy.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Cooper famously questioned Senators Mary Landrieu and Trent Lott about their perception of the governments seemingly passive response. This is just one of many examples of Cooper upholding the medias ability to act as a public check against government when it seems to be failing the people, as it clearly was with the poor residents of New Orleans. On top of his many journalistic accomplishments Cooper has gained fame through the publications of his memoirs, Dispatches from the Edge. Cooper's memoirs were the best selling book of 2006 according to the New York Times. This immense popularity was largely reflective of his honest portrayal of the situation in Iraq. Dispatches from the Edge is yet another example of Anderson Cooper holding the government responsible by accurately reporting the conditions of an American war zone at the risk of losing his own life to the chaos of Baghdad. Anderson Cooper defines what it means to be a true journalist, he is a man who time and time again risks his own life to perform his duty of giving the public honest information, and is a man who would make John Locke and other great liberal thinkers proud.