Newsflash: Due to breaking news coverage of the assasination of Benazir Bhutto, Anderson Cooper has cut his vacation short and is heading back to work. Not sure where he'll be reporting from. Stay tuned...
Last year I sat down to summarize Anderson Cooper's year in one post. It was a very difficult task to say the least. Well, if I thought last year was bad, this year was even more difficult. From Anderson's journeys all over the globe for Planet in Peril to his many 60 Minutes reports, Anderson kept the ATA bloggers on our toes! Frankly, I'm exhausted just recalling all of his accomplishments!
-First trip of the year – Washington D.C. for Nancy Pelosi’s momentous occasion
-Back to Washington for the “New Plan for Iraq” The Surge…
-Next day in NOLA – First time Anderson meets Herbert Getridge
-Our Leigh Penney won the AC360 Contest!
-Back yet again to DC for the State of the Union Address
-Anderson ended the month with a trip to the Center for the Interpid in San Antonio, Texas
-Anderson went to Lake Mary, Florida to cover devastating tornado
-Back to NYC for Fashion Week
-We were all stumped by a couple of reports I found of Anderson in Las Vegas, in racing gear with Simon Cowell and Mario Andretti. How weird was that when we first found out. Some of you even thought it was a Photoshop hoax. I don’t blame you! But low and behold, we soon found out why!
-2nd trip to NOLA - Murder City USA 24 Hours in New Orleans and a second visit with Herbert Getridge
-The March issue of Men’s Journal hit newsstands everywhere. Po Bronson wrote a fabulous article about Anderson. I happen to think it was better than the Vanity Fair article.
-On February 12th, we heard rumblings about an ambitious trip around the world to discover our Planet in Peril. Hmm, what the heck was this all about? Ah, the skeptics saw the bits and pieces reports that we got from time to time on AC360 as the whole documentary but I knew in my heart that there had to be more. And more was an understatement!
-PIP Trip #1 – Anderson and Jeff in Brazil. Oh our poor Anderson. Not only does our man not like frogs. He hates bugs and bats too! But darn those sloths and manatees are cute!
-Anderson’s first 60 Minutes piece of 2007 aired on February 18th. The segment featured country music sensation Kenny Chesney. I don’t know much about Mr. Chesney and by all reports he’s a nice guy. I don’t like how CBS billed this one but it was a fun report to watch. Still can’t get over Anderson in a box in the middle of a football stadium. Isn’t that man claustrophobic?
-Out to LA for the Oscars – boy didn’t he look dashing? And with Daniel Craig nonetheless? Goodness…
-And while in LA, Anderson sat down with Walter Cronkite at the University of Judaism. I was thrilled to read how complimentary Mr. Cronkite was of Anderson. How cool is that? Mike Wallace and Walter Cronkite, the two biggest names in journalism in the 20th Century respect Anderson Cooper’s work. That has to make him feel good!
-Ah, the Anna-Nicole Smith drama and the Astronaut love triangle stories overtook 360 far too many nights for my liking this month. It was the first of many roller coaster rides AC360 took this year.
-March started off with Anderson visiting Conan O’Brien. Ah, Anderson’s camel ride and the falling sloth!
-Thomas Roberts told his painful story to Anderson Cooper in a special call Sins of the Father. I must say that Headline News was ridiculous to let Thomas Roberts go. I really do miss him. I just think that he is too good to be an entertainment reporter.
-Anderson filled in for Regis Philbin for two days in March while Regis was recovering from his bypass surgery. I am so glad that everything went so well for Regis this year.
-And low and behold, we finally found out why our Mr. Cooper was all dressed up in racing gear! Anderson and Simon Cowell did a test run on an Indy track in LasVegas as a part of Anderson’s 60 Minutes piece chronicling the rise of Simon Cowell. I have to say that I really loved this segment! It must have been a blast for Anderson!
-Leigh Penney finally got to visit the AC360 set and had a wonderful time! We thank her for sharing her special day with us here at ATA! I squeed all over again reading her recap tonight! Lucky girl!
-Hey, our first ATA Q&A session happened in March as well! We were so excited that John Roberts stopped by our humble blog to answer our questions! John seems like a great guy and I can’t tell you how thrilled we were to work with him!
-PIP Trip #2 – Cambodia and Thailand. These reports with Jeff Corwin were eye-opening. I really didn’t know that animal trafficking was such a problem in these countries. SO sad how humans treat animals. And the reports of human trafficking were equally as disturbing. But some really cute moments happened during that trip too. Can you say elephant love? And the bears! And poor Jeff! I still cannot believe that the elephant didn’t break his arm!
-April began with Anderson’s first vacation of the year. It was only April and he had been all over the world. He needed some downtime for sure!
-Our sister blog, All Things CNN was born!
-Oh good Lord, the Imus saga began…Between Imus and Anna Nicole, there was little room for real news. Not the last time this would occur on AC360! Our Ms. Phebe even thought of developing a drinking game!
-The AC360 Podcast was born!
-Anderson Cooper took his team back to NOLA only to waste our time and NOLA’s time talking about what else? Anna Nicole and Imus. Not one of his better nights in my opinion!
-Anderson Cooper and his crew were off to Afghanistan to do a special week of programming on the “forgotten war.”
-On Monday, April 16, 2007, the worst school shooting in US history occurred on the Virginia Tech campus. This tragedy forced Anderson and his team to come home and report from Virginia Tech’s campus.
-Anderson’s third 60 Minutes report of 2007 aired in April. Stop Snitching was a well done report about an urban unwritten rule. AC360 also showed the report and dug deeper into the issue.
-Anderson spent the last day in April in Los Angeles.
-Anderson started the month of May in Los Angeles covering the Immigration rally.
-Anderson and Ryan Seacrest hosted a Salute to Larry King and Pop Culture
-Anderson guest hosted on Regis & Kelly
-The 74 year old trucker who thinks she may have a Jackson Pollack on her hands was the focus of a fun 60 Minutes report this month. Lord, Anderson’s kicking these reports out like nobody’s business!
-Dispatches from the Edge came out in paperback. Hudson Booksellers sent Anderfans into a frenzy when they announced a special DVD edition would be sold our their stores! Everyone scrambled to get their copy! Anderson also did a couple of book signings in NYC, Miami and Atlanta. We received wonderful reports from each of the signings.
-The one lecture I really wanted to attend was held at the Museum of Radio & Television in New York City. Sadly I did not get the opportunity but I heard it was fabulous!
-Anderson’s fifth 60 Minutes report regarding hospital’s horrific treatment of homeless patients aired.
-Greenland was no match for our Mr. Cooper! But you know, I really did not need to know my sexy anchorman spent 5 days in the same clothes and didn’t brush his teeth either! Oh, Anderson!
-It took me all year but I’m sensing a trend. End of the month means Anderson reports from a new city! Chicago was his place of choice this time. Crime was the issue.
-Anderson spent his 40th birthday in New Hampshire covering the Democratic debate.
-Then back to New Hampshire for the Republican debate.
-She Who Shall Not Be Named – nuff said!
-Anderson returned to New Orleans for a check up on the city’s levees.
-Anderson hosted the first annual Gordon Parks Foundation Dinner in New York City.
-Anderson Cooper 360 gets an updated webpage.
-Sun Valley, Idaho was the hotspot for journalists in the biz and of course our Mr. Cooper was there!
-Our second Q&A session was with Mr. Raw Politics, Tom Foreman! I really do enjoy Tom Foreman on AC360! His answers and special photographs really made this Q&A special!
-PIP Trip #3 – Yellowstone Park. This segment was one of my favorite parts of Planet in Peril!
-A trip out to LA for the TCA Press Tour where Jon Klein’s Planet In Peril vision was unveiled. Anderson also sat down with Ryan Seacrest on this visit out to LA.
-Next, Anderson traveled to New Orleans to hang with Senator John Edwards.
-On July 23rd, CNN and YouTube partnered for the first debate featuring questions submitted by the people. The debate was held at The Citadel in South Carolina. It was a unique format which I thoroughly enjoyed. Anderson Cooper did a wonderful job as moderator!
-And of course, we end the month in where else? Los Angeles!
-The month of August started out on a tragic note. While Anderson was in Los Angeles, a bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Anderson hopped on a plane to cover the story. In my opinion, he is the best in the business at covering breaking news.
-It was rather strange to then flip on Jay Leno that night and watch a light-hearted interview with Anderson Cooper discussing premature ejaculation!
-Anderson covered the Utah Miners saga from New York City. He was on the air for over 4 hours long and again he covered the unfolding tragedy with grace and respect.
-Then Anderson paid another visit to New Orleans. This time he was there doing some work for the upcoming Katrina Anniversary special.
-Erica Hill was kind enough to participate in a Q&A session with our readers at ATA. I really love Erica. She is a wonderful compliment to AC360!
-And of course, August ended with Anderson Cooper’s Katrina Anniversary special. Anderson flew out to Chicago to pay a visit to Oprah for her special and then flew to New Orleans for his own.
-September began with another guest host spot for Anderson on Regis & Kelly. This one was the comic relief in an otherwise grueling week for me!
-Special Investigations Unit – Narco State premiered
-During the week of September 11th, Anderson Cooper and his team made the trip I had been dreading all year long. A special week of AC360 aired from Iraq. The week was filled with interesting reports from Anderson, Michael Ware, Gary Tuchman and more.
-From great reporting to an overdose of OJ in one week! Another AC360 roller coaster ride!
-Anderson emceed the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Enduring Vision Benefit
-Bill Clinton’s Global Initiatives conference was held in NYC in September and Anderson was tapped to moderate a session. If you haven’t seen it, you must!
-October can be summed up in three little words: Planet In Peril. I think Anderson Cooper traveled from one end of the country to the other showing up on various talk shows, blogs and newspapers doing countless interviews as well as hosting bi-coastal premiere parties and sneak peaks at the Apple Store in SoHo. It was a publicity extravaganza to introduce the world to the monster documentary!
-Anderson's 60 Minutes report on Plumpynut aired this month.
-Anderson finally made his debut on Sesame Street!
I am happy to report that Planet in Peril did not disappoint! The two-night premiere coincidentally occurred during the California Wildfires which Anderson reported on from San Diego. Does this man ever rest???
-November started a bit slow but who could blame AC360? After you travel the globe for a documentary as large as PIP, there tends to be some down time afterward!
-Anderson made his way out to Los Angeles again. This time he gave a talk at Claremont McKenna College
-Awakenings, Anderson’s report for 60 Minutes aired on November 25th.
-Okay, I really enjoyed Anderson’s first visit with Ellen Degeneres! I’m not sure why the interview happened but I hope he sits down with her again soon!
-The CNN/YouTube Republican debates took place on November 28th in St. Petersburg, Florida. Once again, Anderson did a terrific job as moderator. Can’t say I enjoyed anything else about the night!
-And to cap of November, Anderson traveled back to New Hampshire to spend the day campaigning with Mike Huckabee. As they say, the best laid plans and all. A hostage situation occurred at the nearby campaign headquarters of Hillary Clinton and Anderson headed over to cover the breaking story!
-John King was our last victim, er, guest for our Q&A sessions! John’s answers were adorable as well as thorough!
-CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute took place this month. Anderson and Christiane Amanpour hosted this moving ceremony.
-Anderson’s final and long-awaited 60 Minutes report from the Congo aired on December 9th. This report was by far the best report Anderson has produced all year!
-We got to hear Anderson imitate a bunch of drunk party girls during his final guest spot on Regis & Kelly! What a morning!
-And of course, we still have New Years Eve to look forward to! I wont be able to watch it live but I’ll definitely be setting my DVR!
Well, ladies and gentlemen, thanks for sticking with me through this recap of a very long and exciting year for our favorite anchor! Anderson Cooper continues to prove year after year that he is the real deal!
I’d like to thank you all for getting me through what has been one of the toughest years of my adult life. Every day I’m amazed by our wonderful and intelligent readers and commenters! Thank you for making me laugh, letting me rant and getting me through the tears!
I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year! ~Sheryn