Thursday, January 12, 2012

Looking Back & Remembering: Haiti Earthquake, Two Years Ago Today.....

Anderson anchors AC360, Tuesday, January 12, 2010 ~

We're following the breaking news out of Haiti. A massive catastrophic earthquake has struck the country, the worst quake in centuries. We are closely following the latest developments on this natural disaster, and we are going to bring it to you live over the next two hours.
...first up, here's what we know right now. It is night in Haiti. Cries can be heard echoing through the streets, cries for help, cries of pain. A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck southern Haiti just before 5:00 p.m. Eastern, the capital, Port-au-Prince, taking a powerful hit, the full extent of the damage not yet known.
And welcome back to our continuing coverage of the situation in Haiti, where as I said, we're getting some new pictures in but I want to hand off our breaking news coverage to Jessica Yellin right now so I can get to the airport to try to get a flight down to Haiti. I hope to be reporting live from the ground tomorrow.

With that Anderson was out the door and the next morning at 10AM filed his first report.

Over the next month we were glued to our televisions as Anderson and the 360 Team reported on the devastation and rescues. We we introduced to many people along the way, but two stick out in our minds - Monley and Bea...

Anderson and Team returned to Haiti for the sixth month anniversary on July 12th of 2010. We dedicated the July 11, 2010 post to their original coverage. Click here to view that post. In addition to photos and reporter's notebooks, we posted this tribute video ~

January 2012 ~

Trapped in Haiti
Editor's note: AC360° Executive Producer Charlie Moore was on the ground in Haiti for nearly a month with Anderson Cooper after the earthquake struck two years ago. A few days ago, he and Anderson returned to the places where they documented catastrophic destruction, suffering and brave rescues from beneath the rubble.

Charlie wrote a blog post about his initial experience and return. You can read the full post at by clicking here ~

...Anderson and I spent the weekend in Haiti and talked to the country’s new, charismatic president, Michel Martelly. A former pop star, President Martelly clearly loves people – crowds – so upon meeting at his residence he quickly jumped into a car and took us to a former camp that he had just cleared out, restoring it to a park. When Martelly left the car an enthusiastic crowd of a few hundred quickly gathered. During the interview, the President readily admitted he doesn’t “have a magic stick” to solve Haiti’s problems, and that improvement will be seen over time. He also acknowledged Haiti’s history of corruption and said he hoped he could find someone in his government breaking the law, so he could punish them to send a signal to the world that he’s serious about the rule of law and a transparent government..

Here's a preview of Anderson's interview with President Martelly. For the full report from Haiti, tune into tonight's AC360 at 8pm and 10pm ET ~

AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast

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Anonymous said...

So happy to see that Anderson returned to Haiti - and on his time/the weekend.

I remember two years ago well, and being glued to my television as he and the team filed report after report for a month.

Last year's trip got canceled because of the Gifford's shooting and this year CNN is all about the politics, so I was afraid Haiti would lose out.

Anderson returning to Haiti to shoot reports over his weekend, makes me think that news is still his passion and that he does still care.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and those who lost loved ones.

Thanks, Mr. Cooper!


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the Anderson who returned is not the same Anderson who went there two years ago.
The one who went there during the quake, had a passion for news.
The one who returned has a passion for his own celebrity.
That's the difference.
And might I point out, that he waited two years to revisit Haiti.
What's up with that??
Sorry I have to disagree.

Anonymous said...

I too am glad to see that Anderson does seem to still care about the news and not just talk show stuff

Looking forward to tonights show an I can't say that I have said that for awhile.

Anonymous said...

It always struck me that AC has more compassion for those who live on foreign soil than he does for those who are suffering in the US.
He never devotes any time to the unemployed or under employed or labor unions or those who are blue collar people.
He used Katrina as a stepping stone to better himself and his career.
That is a major flaw in his character and it is unfortunate.
Perhaps his ratings would be higher in the day time, if he were more passionate about what he was doing. That is the missing component in his hosting a show.
Oprah showed she cared.
He just shows up.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 5:34

To set the record straight, Anderson and team returned to Haiti on the 6th month anniversary. They were scheduled to return for the one year anniversary (their advanced teams were there) when Rep Giffords was shot and their trip canceled.

@Anon 6:06

Anderson spent a couple months in the Gulf during the oil spill in 2010.


Anonymous said...

I don´t get why he´s doing the talk show thing either... I mean I think somehow it hurts his credibility as a serius reporter.

Anonymous said...

To set the record straight, when AC went to Detroit in '08, he spent more time speaking about the death of the Richardson woman hitting her head in a skiing accident, his actress friend, than he did talking to the umemployed GM workers.
Personally, that's when I saw the transformation in his character and didn't like then, and certainly don't like it now.