Saturday, August 28, 2010


Today marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Wonz did an excellent retrospective last Monday and has a few more clips planned for her post tomorrow. In going through the archives I found some of Anderson Cooper's original reports that I thought I'd share with you.
This first video is of AC in Baton Rouge before the hurricane reached its full force:

This one shows Cooper reporting after the brunt of the winds have subsided (or so he says, it still looks plenty windy to me):

A live shot AC did from NOLA several days after the epic storm struck:

And finally a Reporter's Notebook that Anderson compiled on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. More than a few people have said it is one of his best, if not his best:

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On_Love_Street_With_Jim_Morrison said...

Very nice to see clips from Anderson's Katrina reporting. That was some of his best reproting. Back then I actually liked him as a field reporter. Now though that's changed and he's not good at it any more, but excels as an anchor.

I never did understnd why everyone liked that reporters Notebook so much. It was Ok. It wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible either. I just don't think its one of his better ones.

judy said...

Every time I see early reports of AC and Katrina I think of Aaron Brown and how we were all so impressed with his reporting and how one very good anchor, Brown, lost his job, to one very good field reporter, Anderson.
Anderson remains an excellent field reporter, but his talents are lost when he is confined in the studio.
It is also important to note that Aaron Brown made his mark on CNN reporting on 9/11, his very first day at work.

aries moon said...

Thanks for the videos. I remember watching the first two live--it's been a while since Anderson has covered a really strong hurricane and I wonder if he'd be able to stand up to all the wind and rain if he had to do it again.

Anonymous said...

Regarding ACAnderFan's comment about the Reporters Notebook: I have to somewhat agree with her, Anderson sounds somewhat "juvenile" or something, like he's reading a middle school paper he wrote out loud.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your post :) Great weekend!!!

aries moon said...

Anderson probably does his best work in the field, but I also think he can be very effective in the studio--he handled Louie Gohmert with aplomb--keeping his head when he was unexpectedly confronted and staying focused on getting Gohmert to present actual facts. That's one example, but it's one of the reasons why I don't believe he's a total washout in the studio.

AC Fan in CA/IL said...


.:sigh:. Remember when Anderson had gray hair and it wasn't just silver?