Friday, September 21, 2018

Pop Quiz with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen


Back on July 18th, Anderson  Cooper and Andy Cohen stopped by The Late Show Stephen Colbert to talk about their AC2 Live show among other things.  While there, The Late Show recorded a funny pop quiz and posted it to their You Tube page.


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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper bring live show to Warner Theatre


Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are back on the road with their AC2 Live show.  They called in to WTOP.  From  WTOP.com  ~


Q&A: Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper bring live show to Warner Theatre
By Jason Fraley | @JFrayWTOP September 11, 2018

WASHINGTON — Watch what happens live when these two are keeping each other honest.

Those are the catchphrases of two of television’s most charming personalities, which collide on Saturday, Sept. 29 for “AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen,” marking the dynamic duo’s return to Warner Theatre after debuting their live tour in 2015.

“This is an all new show that we’ve written this summer,” Cohen told WTOP. “It’s like the Greatest Hits of Us: Part 2. It’s like going out to a bar with us and hearing our best stories.”

Sharing insights from their days on BRAVO and CNN, it’s a unique look at the world around us.

“It’s a peek behind the curtain of pop culture and world events,” Cooper told WTOP. “It’s basically Andy and I on stage telling stories. We’ve been friends for 20 or 25 years.”

Their longtime friendship began as an unsuccessful blind date attempt.

“We were set up on a blind date and we had a phone call to arrange the date,” Cooper said. “I knew within like 45 seconds that I was never going on a date with Andy. He was, like, on a Bluetooth headset and just seemed very excitable and enthusiastic. He also violated my cardinal rule, which was he asked about my mom within the first 20 seconds of talking to me.”

Cooper’s mother is, of course, Gloria Vanderbilt. Asking about her is a deal-breaker.

“He wanted to date the Vanderbilt boy,” Cooper said. “It just seemed like, ‘Oh, that’s where he’s coming from,’ so I thought he might be better served elsewhere.”

Cohen said it was a misstep that turned into a lifelong friendship.

“Anderson clocked me correctly: I was excited to date the Vanderbilt boy!” Cohen said. “But now, I’m friends with the Vanderbilt boy. It’s been many years and I am thrilled about it.”

Speaking of dates, the live tour is perfect for an outing with your significant other.

“We find that a lot of people have kind of a liquid dinner beforehand,” Cooper said. “They’ve had a couple pinot grigios or tequilas, and we encourage that during the show.”

Do any of the “Real Housewives” come to heckle Cohen?

“All of the ‘Potomac Housewives’ came to our Baltimore show, so I don’t think they’ll be there this time,” Cohen said, to which Cooper quipped, “Will those dreadful Salahis come?”

“They’ll probably crash it just like they crashed the state dinner that year!” Cohen joked.

All kidding aside, Cohen loves his following from “Watch What Happens Live.”

“‘Watch What Happens Live’ viewers, they like to have fun,” Cohen said. “You really just never know what’s going to come out of their mouths — I’ll tell you that much.”

As for Cooper, he gets a lot of fans who recognize him from CNN’s “AC360.”

“In my lifetime, it’s an extraordinary time,” Cooper said. “People are realizing the importance of news and accurate information. I’ve never had more people come up to me on the street and say, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing. Thank you.’ … People are really enmeshed and really following what’s going on, whether they agree with it or not on whatever side of the aisle.”

That said, Cooper and Cohen try to steer clear of politics during the live Q&A session.

“A lot of people don’t ask political questions,” Cooper said. “They’ve been dealing with it all day long. … People just want to enjoy themselves, be able to laugh and take their mind off all the stuff that’s going on. … The whole purpose is to put aside politics and make people laugh.”



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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

3 Days on the Job (and at Home) With Anderson Cooper: "I Don't Really Have a Life Off-Air" - Anderson Cooper in The Hollywood Reporter


Cooper was photographed in New York at work (as seen here) and at home Aug. 14 and 15. Photographed By Meredith Jenks

6:00 AM PDT 9/13/2018 by Marisa Guthrie

The Hollywood Reporter trails the busiest man in TV news as he bounces back and forth from his West Village firehouse to CNN, interviewing nervous White House staffers ("Are you reading from your notes?"), planning trips to hotspots and FaceTime-ing with his old buddy Andy Cohen.

"I am not good at, like, sitting on a beach," admits Anderson Cooper. "I'm not good at decompressing."

Lucky for Cooper, he seldom has time to. The 51-year-old news anchor spends nearly every day, including weekends (and especially New Year's Eve) working. There's Anderson Cooper 360, his five-nights-a-week newscast on CNN, which enters its 15th year this September; his gig as a 60 Minutes corre­spondent (he'll shoot 10 pieces for the CBS newsmagazine this season); and his new Facebook news series, Full Circle; not to mention the live road show he does with pal Andy Cohen, AC²: Deep Talk and Shallow Tales.

It's not like he needs the money: The son of heiress and artist Gloria Vanderbilt, Cooper grew up in the rarified world of Manhattan society. But he's experienced terrible losses — his father, screenwriter Wyatt Cooper, died during open-heart surgery when Anderson was 10; his older brother, Carter, died by suicide at 23 after jumping from the terrace of Vanderbilt's penthouse — and those tragedies, he says, are the reason he started roaming the globe as a young freelance journalist to war-torn places like Rwanda and Somalia, searching for others who "spoke the language of loss," and why he still travels to hotspots as much as possible (he has a chemical warfare travel pack that includes a gas mask and Tyvek suit: "Airport security always looks at me askance").

Cooper invited THR to spend three days in August trying to keep up with him, from the converted West Village firehouse where he lives with his Welsh springer spaniel, Lilly (Cooper split from boyfriend Benjamin Maisani earlier this year), to his corner CNN office in Columbus Circle, where he prepares for his daily dose of Trump insanity. "I'd rather be working than doing anything else," he says. "It's like riding the breaking wave of history.”

In just the last two months Cooper has been to Singapore, Helsinki, Brazil, D.C., San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seoul. "I feel lucky to travel the world and tell stories. I come back from a weekend and I feel transformed. And then I'll ask my friend, 'What did you do this weekend?' And they'll say, 'I saw a movie.'"

2 P.M. MONDAY, AUG. 13 Cooper has just arrived at his office on the seventh floor of CNN's headquarters in the Time Warner Center ready to begin his workday. He's got only two hours before the 4 p.m. editorial meeting, during which his news staff of 20 producers will go over stories for his 8 p.m. broadcast, but he spares a few minutes to show off the contents of his office closet — his on-air wardrobe of about a dozen nearly identical Ralph Lauren sport coats, all in dark shades of black, gray or blue — before diving into the pile of newspapers on his desk. Every so often, he takes a swig of coffee-flavored Soylent, his second bottle of the day. "I don't care about food," he says, nodding toward the mini-fridge stocked with the energy drink that purports to provide all known human nutritional needs. "So I'm trying to replace all food with this because it would be, like, three fewer decisions in a day."


Cooper generally arrives at work by 1:30 p.m. (Some of his 13 Emmys are on display.) Sometimes he stops off at CBS for 60 Minutes meetings before heading to CNN. Photographed By Meredith Jenks

Not surprisingly, his eating habits used to drive his late CNN colleague Anthony Bourdain more than a little crazy. “We had lunches together and he would just look at me like I was a creature from another planet,” he says. “Everything I thought about food was completely antithetical to his beliefs.”

4:03 P.M. MONDAY, AUG. 13 Executive producer Charlie Moore leads the afternoon meeting in front of a whiteboard in the newsroom outside Cooper's office. The program will lead with a report on Omarosa Manigault Newman's just-published White House exposé, Unhinged, and the surprise revelation that she surreptitiously recorded conversations with top White House officials. Cooper asks Moore whether there is any video of Trump talking about Omarosa at the beginning of his administration. "He made hiring 'the best people' part of his campaign," he says. "Are there tapes of him praising her?"



Cooper at his dry-erase board calendar with publicist Shimrit Sheetrit and executive producer Charlie Moore (right.) Photographed By Meredith Jenks

5 P.M. MONDAY, AUG. 13 Back at his desk, Cooper leans his iPhone against a bottle of Soylent (his third) and places a FaceTime call to his old friend Andy Cohen. The two are planning a trip to Croatia in a few weeks and, during the chat, Cohen warns Cooper that it may turn into a working vacation, since Cohen wants to spend time plotting out the details of their next stage tour. "Well, we talked about it theoretically," murmurs Cooper into his phone. "I didn't know it was actually happening."

"Well, sweetie," Cohen replies to Cooper's waffling over working during their upcoming vacation, "we're going to be gone for like eight days together — don't you think [planning the tour would] be a productive thing to do?"


Cooper, in his office, getting ready for his daily Facebook show. Behind him is a picture he picked up in Egypt of the late Hosni Mubarak, which had been defaced by protestors. Photographed By Meredith Jenks

Cohen and Cooper have known each other since 1995 when Cooper was set up on a blind date with the Bravo host. The date never happened, but they've been close pals ever since and despite their pronounced personality differences: Cooper is an introverted homebody; Cohen seems to lead a life of perpetual exhibitionism. They launched their comedic two-man stage show in 2015. Last year, after the controversy over Kathy Griffin's severed-Trump-head stunt, Cohen joined Cooper as co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve coverage.


"You can find arguing opinions all over cable news," he says. "I feel comfortable challenging people based on facts and facts alone." Photographed By Meredith Jenks

Cooper started hosting the broadcast in 2002, mostly because nobody else wanted to work on the holiday. For him, though, it was a welcome distraction from a difficult time of year. “My dad died five days after New Year's Eve, on January 5th in 1978, and I remember that New Year's Eve, watching with my brother and it was very scary because my dad was in the hospital and I was 10 and …” he trails off. “So anyway, I started volunteering to work.”

7:30 P.M. MONDAY, AUG. 13 Cooper has changed into a dark gray jacket and blue tie and heads to the studio to pretape a segment in which CNN legal contributors Jeffrey Toobin and Alan Dershowitz argue over the limits of Trump's pardoning powers. The debate ends after 14 minutes, with no clear winner.


Cooper reads a script while getting wired for sound before an interview. AC360 is entering its 15th season. Photographed By Meredith Jenks

9:02 P.M. MONDAY, AUG. 13 The show is wrapped, and Cooper is in his office. The jacket and tie are gone — he's once again in a black T-shirt. He slings a backpack over his shoulder before shutting off his lights and heading out the door. "I'm a night owl," he says. "I stay up till 1 or 2. I watch a lot of TV [like The Rain on Netflix and The Missing on BBC]. When I get home, that's what I do. I watch stuff."

2:36 P.M. TUESDAY, AUG. 14 Cooper, back at CNN, is conferring with Kerry Rubin, his show's senior producer and head booker, about his next trip to a certain hotspot wracked by violence. We cannot reveal where here, and he's very much interested in making the trip. But it's probably not a journey he can make until after the midterms, it's decided, although Moore suggests he go on a weekend. "Then you can do the show from down there on a Monday," he says.

2:47 P.M. TUESDAY, AUG. 14 Cooper and his CNN publicist, Shimrit Sheetrit, are in the newsroom, looking at a giant dry-erase board listing his schedule for the next couple of weeks. The date they're focusing on is Oct. 17, when Cooper will receive the Walter Cronkite Award from Arizona State University. Cooper writes "Arizona" on the calendar. His publicist laughs. "Why do you write out the word — why not just write 'AZ?'" she asks. Cooper throws up his hands. "This is why I don't touch the board," he says.

Because his show requires him to be tethered to a studio most weeknights, Cooper generally sticks close to New York. He does most of his field reporting, including for 60 Minutes, on weekends. He's already got six pieces in various stages of production, including a story on the perils of the Bitcoin economy, another on Monaco and a profile of artist Mark Bradford (Cooper has a large Bradford canvas in his West Village home). The Bradford piece had been originally assigned to Charlie Rose, before Rose got fired for sexual misconduct. “[The story] was floating out there and I was like I’ll totally do it,” Cooper says.

8:01 P.M. TUESDAY, AUG. 14 It's showtime again. The AC360 staff is in the control room, while waiting in the wings is White House staffer Lynne Patton. It's day two of the Omarosa media tour, and Patton is the designated administration defender on tonight's newscast ("Use the exclusive tab for the Patton interview," Moore tells a technician in the control room). At 8:04, after Cooper has run through the show's intro, Patton, clutching a file folder, sits down for her interview.

"Is it appropriate for the president of the United States to call people dogs?" Cooper asks, referring to a presidential tweet earlier in the day in which Trump called Omarosa a "crazed, crying lowlife" and a "dog." Patton, consulting her notes, responds that Trump was simply "biting back." Cooper barely stifles a laugh but keeps plugging away with questions, most of which Patton answers only after glancing into her files. The interview lasts until 8:22. "I was going to ask her, 'Are you reading from your notes?'" he says afterward. "But I didn't want to sound snarky. She was nervous enough."

8:30 A.M. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15 Cooper sits at the kitchen island of his West Village home eating a bowl of granola (Bourdain would approve). He lives in an 8,240-square foot firehouse, which he bought in 2010 for $4.3 million (he's said to earn $12 million a year at CNN) and spent years restoring. The interior still includes the original metal spiral staircase and brass fire poll, though Cooper did install an elevator. The second-floor salon is an imposing mix of taxidermy (animals include a grizzly bear and a decapitated sheep's head) and Old Master paintings (including Andrea Vaccaro’s The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, which captures the final moment of Bartholomew’s life before he is flayed alive and beheaded.


Cooper heads into the studio to pretape an AC360 interview. Photographed By Meredith Jenks


"Anthony Bourdain and I used to have lunch together, and he'd look at me like I was a creature from a different planet," says Cooper, who claims to have the taste buds of a 5-year-old. "Everything I thought about food was completely antithetical to his beliefs." Photographed By Meredith Jenks

He also has a collection of hand-painted signs picked up on trips to Africa and Cuba, most of which hang in the back staircase, along with other artifacts from Cooper's life, like his great-great-grandfather's commissioning notice during the Civil War. There's also a photo, taken by his friend Tim Hetherington (who was killed in Libya in 2011), showing a younger Cooper disembarking from a helicopter in Afghanistan. Wearing a Kevlar vest, squinting into the camera, he's oozing war zone machismo. Cooper looks at the picture and laughs: "I look like such a douche," he says.


Cooper still has newspapers delivered every morning. "I find it comforting," he says. He usually goes to the gym on 19th street — "It's an underground gym, meaning it's in a basement" — at 9:30 a.m. Photographed By Meredith Jenks

9:48 A.M. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15 Cooper leaves home and heads uptown for a visit with good friend Kelly Ripa, after which he'll go to the gym. "It's an underground gym on 19th Street — meaning it's in a basement," he says. "A lot of very large people work out there. I don't belong." But he recently introduced Dwayne Johnson to his gym, and this has upped his credibility there considerably. Cooper also belongs to Equinox, where he's been doing Pilates since aggravating his back while riding in a Coast Guard helicopter covering the Houston floods. But his cred there, where he exercises in a windowed studio overlooking the gym floor, is less elevated. "Inevitably, I have to stop at least once per class to go outside and ask somebody to stop taking pictures," he says. "I get it, I'm doing these ridiculous movements — it's an easy temptation."


"Of course it's depressing," Anderson Cooper says of covering war zones. "It should be." He was photographed in New York at his home Aug. 14 and 15. Photographed By Meredith Jenks


Cooper in the stairwell of his home, which he purchased in 2010 for $4.3 million. Photographed By Meredith Jenks

6:24 P.M. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15 Cooper walks the three steps from his office to the set of his Facebook show Full Circle, which is actually just a stool next to a small round table near a window in the newsroom. Launched in July, it's a live 10-minute show that lets viewers pick the stories they want to watch and occasionally ask Cooper questions. After an interview with Christine Hallquist, the first transgender gubernatorial major party nominee, Cooper takes one from a Facebook user named John.

"How do you balance life on-air and off-air?"

Cooper thinks for a moment, frowns and offers a keeping-them-honest sort of answer. "I don't really have a life off-air," he says. "It all blends together."

6:37 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15 Moore, Cooper’s executive producer, wants an interview with retired Gen. Michael Hayden — the former CIA and NSA chief, and a persistent Trump critic — to open the show. (Trump has just stripped former CIA director John Brennan of his security clearance and is threatening to do the same to others, including Hayden.) But Hayden is on a plane that is not due to land at Washington’s Dulles airport until 7:40 p.m. and he’s in the back of plane — not business class — so it will take longer to disembark. They’ve sent a satellite truck to Dulles. “It will be tight,” says Moore. But at 8:06 p.m., Hayden appears on the monitor; he’s live at Gate C20 at Dulles. By 8:13 p.m., Cooper is wrapping up the interview: “Gen. Hayden I appreciate you getting off that plane and talking to us.”

By midnight, Cooper will be on a plane too, heading to Seoul for a 60 Minutes piece. “Honestly, part of the attraction is the flight," he says."I can sleep anywhere; I’ll be asleep before we take off. I've been looking forward to it all week because it's 15 hours of uninterrupted sleep, no calls, no emails. I find [flying] meditative. It’s like a dream.”


He spends some time with his Welsh springer spaniel, Lily, before heading to the gym. Photographed By Meredith Jenks

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Truth & Tribute


Anderson Cooper took down Trump, Jr. in a Keeping Them Honest segment Monday night, entitled Truth In Reporting.  Enjoy ~


Doug Thomas ~


Anderson took to Twitter following AC360 with a tweet ~



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Monday, September 17, 2018

LARAMIE: A LEGACY, Anderson Cooper to Host

From Broadway World ~

Samira Wiley, Randy Rainbow, Among Additional Stars Announced for LARAMIE: A LEGACY, Anderson Cooper to Host 

Tectonic Theater Project announced today a benefit host and additional casting for LARAMIE: A LEGACY, a reading of The Laramie Project honoring the life and legacy of Matthew Shepard for the 20th anniversary of his death, on Monday, September 24th at 7pm at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

Joining the cast is Emmy Award nominee Samira Wiley (The Handmaid's Tale, Orange is the New Black), Olympic bronze medalist and U.S. Figure Skating champion Adam Rippon in his stage debut, YouTube star and comedian Randy Rainbow, and Critic's Choice Television Award nominee Asia Kate Dillon (John Wick 3: Parabellum, Billions).

They join previously announced performers Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig & The Angry Inch; "How I Met Your Mother"); Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Mary Louise Parker (Proof, "Weeds"); and Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots); joining the original company of The Laramie Project: Stephen Belber, Amanda Gronich, Mercedes Herrero, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts McAdams and Kelli Simpkins, with Tectonic Theater Project company member Scott Barrow. Tectonic Theater Project founder and Artistic Director Moisés Kaufman and company member Jimmy Maize direct.

Emmy and Peabody Award winning journalist Anderson Cooper will host the evening's benefit reception.

Twenty years ago, the eyes of the nation were drawn to Laramie, Wyoming after the hate crime murder of Matthew Shepard. In the following weeks, the Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded and members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled from New York to Laramie to conduct interviews with the people of the town. These interviews formed the basis of The Laramie Project, which has become one of the most performed contemporary plays in the world. On September 24, 2018, the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Tectonic Theater Project will present LARAMIE: A LEGACY, a benefit reading of The Laramie Project to honor the progress made over the last two decades to erase hate.

Additional casting will be announced.

Proceeds from LARAMIE: A LEGACY will benefit both the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Tectonic Theater Project, and their concurrent missions to educate and erase hate across the country through theater and activism. Company initiatives include Tectonic Theater Project's Moment Work Institute, which trains over 1,000 students and emerging artists each year in Tectonic's unique and powerful theater-making technique and The Matthew Shepard Foundation's continuing programs to foster a more caring and just world, including hate crime trainings for hundreds of police annually.

Tickets are available now by visiting www.laramiealegacy.org.

Host Committee Chairs for LARAMIE: A LEGACY are Mark Gude and Paul Sekhri. Vice-Chairs are Eric K. Fanning and Ben Masri Cohen. Celebrity Host Committee members are Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Tony Kushner, Laura Linney, Steve Martin and Mercedes Ruehl.


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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Setting The Record Straight

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  Jr. tweeted the following today; sharing the photo that's been making it's rounds on the Right Wing Crazy Town Twitter



Matt Dornic,  VP Comms & Digital Partnerships at CNNWorldwide, posted the following reply:



Snopes even put out a Tweet and IG post linking to their article Fact Checking the photo. 

Is This Anderson Cooper Standing in a Ditch While Reporting Hurricane Florence?

Their finding, miscaptioned! 

You can read the full Snopes article by clicking on the above link. 

While the Snopes sight explains in length, we found it interesting they posted a video ATA posted of our coverage of Anderson Cooper's special, "Ike, The Day After", on September 13, 2008. 

Here's the video:


Here are two other videos from the coverage.  The first is Anderson's encounter with a dog. ~


The second about snakes, rats and alligators! ~


Conspiracy theorists don't like pesky facts, but we at ATA do and we have video proof to back it up!

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 Live from Wilmington, NC Day 2


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 from Wilmington, NC.  He opened the program with an overview. talked to Chris Cuomo and then a very wet Miguel Marquez ~


Anderson checked in with NIU meteorologist, Allison Chinchar then spoke to Amber Hersel a Civilian Crisis Response Team Volunteer about a rescue today ~


Anderson then spoke by phone with Annazette Riley-Cromartie who was rescued earlier in the day.  Then it was time for Mayor Bill Saffo and Fire Chief Buddy Martinette to talk to Anderson.  ~


Anderson then checked in with CNN's Dianne Gallagher ~


Next up was a discussion with Jeffrey Toobin and Maggie Haberman on Paul Manafort's plea deal and his cooperation with the Mueller Investigation.  Did anyone else roll their eyes when Haberman attempted to tie Manafort to Hillary Clinton?  We saw what you did, Maggie. 


Next up was Jameesha Harris, New Bern Alderwoman, with another rescue story ~


In the last segment of the program, Anderson spoke with Todd Terrell, Founder United Cajun Navy before tossing to Chris Cuomo ~




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Anderson Cooper Live from Wilmington, North Carolina, Day 2


Anderson Cooper started his co-anchor duties in the 9amET of CNN Newsroom.  He was on air for four hours.

Newsroom with Poppy Harlow 9amET hour:
Anderson took over coverage from Chris Cuomo ~



Then checked in with meteorologist Chad Myers ~

Anderson checked in with Miguel Marquez and then Ken Graham, Director National Hurricane Center ~

And for the last segment of the hours, Anderson checked in with Dianne Gallagher ~


Newsroom with Poppy Harlow 10amET hour:
Anderson opened the 10amET hour by checking back in with CNN Correspondent Dianne Gallagher and talking about the area he was reporting from ~


Anderson then checked in with Brian Todd reporting from a different area in Wilmington, before checking back in with Chad Myers ~


Anderson checked in with Drew Griffin before talking to Taylor Fontenot, Texas Captain, America's Cajun Navy ~

Anderson then checked back in with Miguel Marquez before speaking with Bill Reed, Form Director, National Hurricane Center ~


Anderson ended the hour speaking to CNN Correspondent Nick Walt and Martin Savidge ~


At This Hour 11amET hour :
Anderson opened the hour speaking to Chad Myers and then Logan Poole, a WeatherNation Field Meteorologist ~


Then two CNN correspondents gave reports from their locations ~


Anderson spoke to Martin Savidge and then Tim Owens, the Town Manager of Wrightsville Beach, NC ~


And at the end of the hour, Anderson spoke with Ed Lavandera who was in a boat on a rescue mission with two volunteers ~


Inside Politics NoonET hour:
John King, threw to Anderson Cooper in Wilmington, NC for an update of current conditions. 


Anderson spoke to other CNN correspondents and Jennifer Gray in the CNN Weather Center ~



And lastly, a local newspaper reporter ~



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 Live from Wilmington, NC & Anderson's Live Shots on Cuomo Prime Time and CNN Tonight with Don Lemon


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 Live from Wilmington, NC with coverage of Hurricane Florence the major story.

Opening/checking in with correspondents in the field ~


Got a report from the CNN Weather Center ~


And talked to local officials ~


In the second segment, Anderson talked to correspondents in the field, a NOAA Hurricane Hunter and a local town manager ~


In a KTH segment entitled "Disrespecting The Dead" Anderson was all over Trump's Tweets this morning and spoke to the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz ~


then introduced us to Carmen Cruz (no relation to the mayor) whose mother died while waiting for an operation at a hospital in Puerto Rico ~


In the next segment Anderson spoke with a couple who decided to ride out the storm on their boat in the marina behind where he's anchoring ~


Anderson ended AC360 talking to Ed Lavandera before tossing to Chris Cuomo.  We so wanted Anderson to ask Chris why he had his name on his shirt!!  (Yes, we are joking.)




Anderson spoke with Chris Cuomo during Cuomo Prime Time ~



Anderson had a few hits with Don Lemon on CNN Tonight over the course of three hours.  In the 10pmET hour ~


During his second hit of the hour Anderson and Don addressed Trump's tweets about Puerto Rico and Anderson referenced Katrina ~


At the beginning of the 11pmET hour ~


And his last hit of a long day was at the beginning of the Midnight ET hour ~




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Anderson Cooper Live from Wilmington, North Carolina


Anderson Cooper along with Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo anchored Wolf at 1ET today.  Here are Anderson's live shots from the hour.

Anderson spoke with Jennifer Gray in the CNN Weather Center ~


Anderson spoke with Bill Saffro, Wilmington's mayor ~


Anderson spoke with Ed Lavandera and Brian Todd, also covering the hurricane for CNN ~


Anderson spoke with Bill Weir who is reporting from San Juan, Puerto Rico and the unfolding story of Hurricane Maria ~



The trio was back to anchor CNN Newsroom in the 2pm and 3pmET hours.

Anderson started coverage checking back in the Jennifer Gray ~


He spoke to Rob Zapple, a Commissioner from New Hanover County, NC about preparations ~


To end the 2pmET hour Anderson spoke with Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon for updates on their locations ~


At the top of the second hour, Anderson spoke with Diane Gallagher in North Bern, NC ~


Later in the program, Anderson checked back in the Jennifer Gray in the CNN Weather Center for the latest on Hurricane Florence ~


And Anderson's final segment was an interview with  Ricardo Rossello, Governor of Puerto Rico.




And a couple of photos posted to Instagram this afternoon ~







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Anderson Cooper Interviews Bob Woodward


On Wednesday's  AC360, Anderson Cooper interviewed Bob Woodward about his new book FEAR, Trump in the White House

Part 1:
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Anderson Cooper to Receive Walter Cronkite Award & Heading To North Carolina for Hurricane Coverage?


From Tuesday night's AC360 it sounds like Anderson is heading to North Carolina for coverage of Hurricane Florence ~




It was announced back in July that Anderson Cooper would receive ASU's Cronkite Award.  First from the local news ~



And from ASU ~

ASU to honor CNN anchor Anderson Cooper with annual Cronkite Award

35th winner of the school's namesake honor, the famed journalist will accept his award at a ceremony in Phoenix in October 


Anderson Cooper, the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning primetime anchor at CNN, will be the recipient of the 2018 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University announced Monday.

Cooper, the anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” and a correspondent for “60 Minutes” on CBS, will receive the 35th award given by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at a luncheon ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Sheraton Grand in Phoenix. The award recognizes distinguished journalists who embody the values of the school’s namesake.

“I’m so honored and humbled to accept the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism,” Cooper said. “I’m proud to honor Mr. Cronkite’s legacy. He sparked my interest in journalism at a young age and remains a guiding star for generations of journalists.”

Cooper, who has reported live from more than 40 countries since his journalism career began in 1992, has earned a reputation as one of television’s leading journalists, having won 13 Emmys. 

Anderson Cooper Cooper’s award-winning coverage at CNN has included on-the-ground reporting of major natural disasters. He won two Emmy awards for his reporting on the Haiti earthquake in 2011. He also helped lead CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. And in 2004, he worked on prime-time specials on the Indian Ocean tsunami, which won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

As a regular contributor to “60 Minutes” since 2006, he reported on Congo’s civil war in 2008 as well as the dire conditions of coral reefs near Cuba in 2011, for which he won an Edward R. Murrow Award.

Cooper, who joined CNN shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, plays a key role in the network’s political and election coverage, anchoring from the national political conventions and serving as moderator during several presidential primary debates and town halls. In 2016, Cooper was selected by the Committee on Presidential Debates to co-moderate one of three debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Since the launch of “Anderson Cooper 360” in 2005, Cooper has covered presidential inaugurations; the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting; Republican and Democratic National Conventions; uprisings in the Middle East and the aftermaths of earthquakes in Haiti and Japan. He traveled around the world in 2007 and 2008 for “Planet in Peril,” a documentary about issues threatening the planet.

Cooper previously was an ABC News correspondent from 1995-2000, where he served as anchor of ABC’s overnight newscast, “World News Now.” He also was a correspondent for “World News Tonight” as well as “20/20.” He joined ABC from Channel One News, a school television network seen daily in more than 12,000 classrooms nationwide.

A best-selling author, Cooper’s 2016 novel, “The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss,” chronicled his correspondence with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. The book debuted atop the New York Times best-sellers list, where it remained for three months. His first book, “Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of Wars, Disaster, and Survival,” published in 2006, also topped the New York Times best-sellers list.

Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi.

“Like Walter Cronkite, Anderson Cooper’s on-the-ground reporting has brought important global issues closer to home,” said Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan. “He is a model for our students, and we look forward to honoring him with Walter’s award.”

Other Cronkite Award recipients include TV news anchors Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill; newspaper journalists Ben Bradlee, Helen Thomas and Bob Woodward; and media executives Katharine Graham, Al Neuharth and William Paley. Cronkite personally presented the award during its first quarter-century until his death in 2009.

The Cronkite School, named in Cronkite’s honor in 1984, prepares the next generation of journalists in both the time-honored fundamentals embraced by Cronkite and the skills necessary to thrive as journalists in the digital age.

Housed in a state-of-the-art media complex in downtown Phoenix, the school has been featured in The New York Times, The Times of London and USA Today as a leader in 21st-century journalism education and innovation.

The Cronkite School is also the home of Arizona PBS, which serves as a journalistic teaching hospital for hundreds of students who work under 15 full-time faculty in professional programs that include a nightly television news broadcast on Arizona PBS, digital reporting bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles, business and borderlands reporting bureaus, an entrepreneurial digital innovation lab, a digital production desk, an audience engagement lab and the Carnegie-Knight News21 investigative reporting program.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Anderson Cooper Attends RL50 Fashion Show and Celebration


With Jim Scuitto in the AC360 anchor chair Friday night, many wondered where was Anderson Cooper?  Later in the evening photos began to appear of Anderson attending Ralph Lauren's 50th Anniversary Show and Dinner with Andy Cohen.   Anderson has discussed his modeling work for Ralph Lauren when he was a child.   Vanity Fair had the following description.  (Please click on link for full artice.)  ~


It was a surreal scene in Central Park on Friday night. Vintage trolleys had been procured for the journey from the 72nd street entrance to Bethesda Terrace, ferrying a mind-reeling number of stars—from Steven Spielberg to Oprah Winfrey to Kanye West—into the park for cocktails. The experience was not lost on one of those A-listers, Anne Hathaway. “How am I feeling about a huge retrospective in the middle of Central Park, while wearing borrowed diamonds and Ralph Lauren?” she asked gazing around. “Yeah, it feels really good.”

Though she didn’t make it to the show, Hillary Clinton arrived for dinner and broke away from her conversation with Huma Abedin to speak to Vanity Fair about her surprising history with the legendary designer. “I know Ralph very well. He and I worked together back in the 90s,” she said. “I had this project called Save America’s Treasures, and one of the most important treasures we saved was the Star Spangled Banner—the actual flag that flew over Fort McHenry in the war of 1812. It was totally deteriorated. The conservation of that flag was one of the highest priorities—it was very expensive and very difficult to do—but Ralph is the one who I went to in ‘98, and he’s the one who contributed the money to do it. He funded the project. He’s such a great example of Americana.”

On the other side of the esplanade, a bow-tied Pierce Brosnan was in full James Bond regalia. “It’s the bow tie, it’s the suit,” he said by way of explanation. “It’s an emblem of that character and forever so.” As it turned out Pierce wasn’t the only Brosnan present last night. “My son is in the show,” Brosnan said smiling proudly. “He doesn’t know that I’m here. He’s 17, and he just landed this job just a few days ago. Then my wife yesterday morning said, ‘You’ve got to go. You’ve got to get on a plane and go see him.’”

Anderson Cooper, accompanied by Andy Cohen reflected on his own history with Lauren. “It’s really fun to be here. I used to work for Ralph when I was a kid,” he said. “I was a fittings model. I used to go like once a week and they would try the new kids' clothes on me.”


Just Jared had an article and photos.  Click here for more.  


Andy Cohen, Kelly Ripa and a couple other guests posted photos from the event to their Instagram accounts ~ 
 










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