In Part 4 of Anderson's interview with Larry King at the time his book, Dispatches From the Edge, A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival, was released; Anderson talks about his stint as host of The Mole, his job offer at CNN in the days following 9/11 and disaster reporting. (If you missed parts 1, 2, 3 & 4, please click on the link and follow back.)
KING: Do you like danger?
COOPER: No, I wouldn't say I like danger. I mean, I'm a complete wimp. I -- you know...
KING: But you walk in floods. You go down streets where things could happen. If you like being out in a hurricane, you like danger.
COOPER: I don't think that's true. I mean, I think -- I don't see those -- I don't bungee jump. I don't skydive. I'm not -- there's nothing -- I wouldn't take a risk just for the thrill of taking a risk. For me, everything I do, if there's a story to tell, then I'll do it.
To me, what I -- I mean, my mom used to ask me, "Why do you want to go to Rwanda and genocide? Or why are you going to Sarajevo again?" And you know, for me, it's always why wouldn't you go? There are people, there are thousands of people, hundreds of thousands of people facing these calamities, facing these tragedies, and they're going through it. The least I can do is be there to tell their story.