Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Anderson Cooper Live from Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Anderson Cooper co-anchored CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin in the 2pm and 3pmET hours from Pittsburgh, PA.

Newsroom 2pmET:


Anderson Cooper was back in the 8pmET hour to anchor AC360 from Pittsburgh, PA.

Community Mourns Lives Lost in Synagogue Shooting, Community Says Goodbye to Two Brothers, Funeral Held For Devoted Doctor & Protesters Denounce Pres. Trump's Visit:

President Visits Patients, Family and Staff in Hospital, Anderson's interview with Dr. Donald Yealy and Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Erika Strassburger:

Protesters Denounce Pres. Trump's Visit, Panel Discussion:

ADL:  Public Anti-Semitism Rose by 57 % in 2017:

Pres. Trump Makes Dubious Claim Just Days Before Midterms That He'll Ban  Birthright Citizenship (He Can't):

Pres. Trump Says He's Considering Overturning 14th Amendment With Executive Order (He Can't):

Remembering Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz - HIV Patient Says Dr. Killed In Pittsburgh Attack Saved His Life:  "You Will Be Remembered By Me Always" :

"It's been an honor to be here, a privilege, a sad privilege and a painful one.  But we feel honored to have been able to bear witness over the last two days here."  ~ Anderson Cooper

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Anderson Cooper Live from Pittsburgh, PA on Monday, October 29, 2018

Anderson Cooper co-anchored CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin in the 2pm and 3pm ET hours.  Anderson anchored from Pittsburgh, PA.



Anderson's interview with Judah Samet, Holocaust survivor and 4 minutes late to Pittsburgh synagogue:

Anderson was back in the 8pmET hour to anchor AC360.

Remembering the Victims:

Words Matter:

 Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers & Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Speak Out:

Website Linked To Suspect Taken Offline (Report) & Alleged Shooter Posted Online About Immigrant Aid Group, Anderson's interview with Mark Hetfield, President and CEO, HIAS:

White House Rejects Ties Between Pres. Trump's Rhetoric and Violence:

Panel Discussion with Maggie Haberman and David Gregory:

Tom Steyer Reacts to Pres. Trump's Tweet, Bomb Threat:

First Responders Moved Rapidly In Wake Of Synagogue Shooting, Anderson's interview with Dr. Lenny Weiss and Mark Pinchalk:

Anderson posted the following to his Instagram account today ~

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

"We Are Not Afraid" - Anderson Cooper

From Wednesday night's AC360 ~

Anderson's opening :

And after the first commercial break, further discussion of how the current president doesn't seem to practice the civility he called for earlier in the day :

And a couple of photos of Anderson broadcasting outside the Time Warner Center via Twitter ~

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Catching Up With A Very Busy Anderson Cooper

On Sunday, October 14th, Anderson was in Detroit, Michigan for a charity event.  The event began at 7pm, Mitch Albom interviewed Anderson as part of the event (we are still looking for video) and there was a VIP reception at 5:30pm.  The following portrait of Anderson with Mitch was posted to Instagram ~

Anderson tweeted about the event a few days prior ~

And another photo from Instagram ~

Anderson anchored AC360 from LA the following Monday and Tuesday, October 15th & 16th.  On the 17th he received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from ASU.  (See previous post for complete coverage of that day.)

On November 18th, Anderson was back in NYC and posted the following TBT post to his Instagram account ~


After anchoring AC360 on Friday night, Anderson caught up with Andy Cohen and Andy posted the following video to his IG account ~

On Sunday, October 21st,  Anderson was spotted by a few people in the Bronx with Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez.  (Future 60 Minutes segment?)  The following photos were posted to Instagram ~



Sunday evening, Anderson and Andy Cohen took their AC2 show to The Dalton School (Anderson is an alumni) as part of the Dalton Conversation Series.  Tickets to the event sold out in mere minutes and the series is a fundraiser for the school's scholarship fund.  From Instagram ~

Monday, October 22nd, found Anderson at the Mindfulness In America Conference in NYC.  He was on the schedule for four sessions.  We will have more on the conference in an upcoming post ~

On Tuesday, Anderson visited a journalism class at NYU ~

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Anderson Cooper Receives Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism

Anderson Cooper received the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism on Wednesday, October 17th, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Video tribute to Anderson Cooper for the Cronkite Luncheon ~

Anderson's acceptance speech ~

Local news media coverage of the event ~

From The State Press ~

Anderson Cooper receives Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism
By Andrew Howard | 10/17/18 7:27pm

Anderson Cooper received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in front of a record-breaking crowd at the school's annual luncheon at the Sheraton Grand hotel in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday.

Cooper, who anchors “Anderson Cooper 360” on CNN and is a correspondent for “60 Minutes,” received the award for his commitment to journalism throughout his lifetime. In addition to this recognition, Cooper has received five Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Cooper, 51, is the second youngest person to receive the award, with Brian Williams and George Will being tied for the youngest at 50. Williams received the award in 2009, and Will received the award in 1991.

Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite school, said there is no one more deserving of the award than Cooper.

"I can think of no more fitting recipient of the Cronkite award in 2018 than Anderson Cooper of CNN," he said. "Thank you for everything you do every day, speaking truth and power in the great tradition of Walter Cronkite."

Cooper, on the other hand, said he did not think he was deserving of the award, adding that he initially declined the honor until he found out no person has ever said no. However, one award has been rescinded by the school.

"I still feel like there's a lot I need to learn and can learn and a lot I can get better at," he said. "More often than not, I see moments that I missed or questions that I didn't think to ask in the moment. I see words that I failed to write or sentences that I failed to think of."

Although he has enjoyed every moment as a correspondent, Cooper said that he is rarely satisfied with his work.

"You try to find words to convey the horror and the humanity that you're surrounded by, and more than anything else, you just want to do justice to what's happening," Cooper said. “More often than not you fail because that camera lens is so small – it’s a little piece of glass.”

Cooper attributed all the people behind the scenes who help him as another reason why he did not feel like he deserved the award and said there should be as much recognition for the producers, cameramen and everyone who helps produce his show.

In addition, Cooper went on to talk about the stigma surrounding journalism right now.

Kevin Hurley Anderson Cooper speaks at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication after accepting an award for Excellence in Journalism Luncheon at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.

"Leaders manipulate divisions, attack the press; lies are called truth, truth is called a lie, societies divide among ethnic, religious and political ties and chaos ensues," he said. "I'm speaking about what I've seen overseas but also about what can happen here."

Cooper said that there are many things the media can improve on, but journalism should not be seen as an enemy.

"This I know, I know that the kids who are studying here, young journalists, are not the enemies of the people," he said.

Last year, when Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of "PBS NewsHour," received the award, she also spoke about the political climate surrounding journalism.

"I am not an enemy of the American people," Woodruff said at last year's luncheon. "I love this country, and I always will, and almost every journalist I know feels the same way."

Connor Morman, a freshman studying sports journalism, said that it was great to be surrounded by the Cronkite community at the luncheon.

Morman said he looks up to Cooper, and that it is inspiring to see so many people in support of journalism.

"It's nice, I think it's good when everyone is supporting journalism," he said. "It's something important in the world. We need people out there getting the facts and news out there to inform the people."

Following the luncheon, Cooper held a Q&A in the Cronkite building's First Amendment Forum for students, where he reiterated many of the points he gave in his acceptance speech earlier that day and answered questions from the audience.

When asked about the current state of journalism in the U.S., Cooper said journalists must focus on their work.

"You keep your head down and do your job,” he said. “You don’t whine about it, you don’t complain about it, you just report.”

From AZ Central ~

CNN's Anderson Cooper: Media must report more in face of attacks

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was presented the 2018 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism on Wednesday from Arizona State University, telling an assembled luncheon that the best way to handle attacks against the media is "more reporting.''

The annual award, presented every year since 1984, is given by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees at ASU.

“It’s really an incredible honor to be here and it’s quite intimidating to know the incredible roster of journalists that have been here before me,” Cooper said, addressing more than 1,200 people at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel in downtown Phoenix. The audience included many media professional and student journalists, faculty and representatives from a variety of Valley businesses.

Cooper’s speech underscored the role of journalism in a political climate that has questioned the media's integrity.

"Truth ... is under assault, facts are called fake, lies are used to divide us to weaken confidence in journalism and the core institutions that are essential to maintaining our democracy,'' Cooper said.

“The answer in my mind to the attacks on reporting is more reporting,'' he said. "I believe it with all my heart. There is truth and there are lies, there are facts and there is fiction and it’s our job to point that out even if at times it seems as if no one is interested.”

A short video that traced Cooper’s 18-year reporting career was shown at the event, showing him reporting from some of the more dangerous regions of the world.

Cooper then took the stage and highlighted one of his memorable encounters with Walter Cronkite, the legendary CBS anchor and namesake of the award and school, who faithfully attended the annual ASU event before his death in 2009.

“It was Walter Cronkite … who really sparked my interest in the world and my earliest thoughts of one day being a foreign correspondent.”

“I did an interview with him … in Los Angeles,” he said, adding it was in front of a large crowd when Cronkite’s hearing was significantly impaired.

“I asked him the second question and he looks at me… he says, ‘My ear system isn’t working.’ … it ended up with me screaming at Walter Cronkite,” Cooper said, prompting laughs from the audience.

The Cronkite Award will join Cooper’s cabinet of 13 Emmy awards, a Peabody Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award.

From ASU Now ~

Anderson Cooper still believes in journalism

The Emmy winner accepts his 2018 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and speaks of the continuing importance of the field CNN reporter Anderson Cooper has covered some of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, yet he remains an optimist about mankind and, especially, the role of journalists in telling people's stories — despite current antagonism toward the media.

“The answer to the attacks on reporting is more reporting,” he said.

“There is truth and there are lies. There are facts and there is fiction, and it is our job to point that out even if it seems at times like no one is listening,” said Cooper, who received the 2018 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism on Wednesday. A journalist for more than 25 years, he has won 13 Emmys and is the anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper’s 360” and a correspondent for “60 Minutes.”

Global poverty is declining and literacy and health are improving, and there is much to be hopeful about, Cooper said at the awards luncheon held by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

“The thing that gives me the most hope is the power each of us has to reach out and care for someone else,” he said.

Cooper, who has covered war zones and natural disasters, recalled the many times he has seen strangers helping each other during a crisis.

“I’ve seen so many acts of bravery and selflessness among others,” he said.

Cooper praised the Cronkite School students and said he’s impressed that they have a clear vision of their journalism careers. After he graduated from college, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. He tried to get a job as a broadcast journalist, but when no one would hire him, he set off for Africa.

“If no one would give me a chance, I had to take a chance. I decided to start going to wars.”

Using a fake press pass, he went to Somalia in 1992, during a famine and civil war.

“Until I had been to Somalia, I had never seen starvation up close,” he said, remembering the bodies piled up everywhere. He sat with a couple whose young son had just died, the boy’s legs as thin as the twigs that made up their hut. He was their fourth child to die.

“It was in that moment I found my calling,” he said. “I knew I couldn’t save people's lives, but I could bear witness to their struggles. They weren’t dying in silence.”

Even with all the powerful stories he has told, Cooper still feels like he rarely does justice to the enormity of the moments he has seen.

“You try to capture all that — not just the facts and numbers and names but the sounds and the smells and the silences.

“You try to find words to convey the horror and humanity you’re surrounded by.

“More often than not you fail because that camera lens is so small.”

Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan (left) and ASU Provost Mark Searle present Anderson Cooper (center) with his Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Christopher Callahan, the dean of the Cronkite School, thanked Cooper for “speaking truth to power in the great tradition of Walter Cronkite.” “At a time in our history when journalism, facts and the truth itself are under attack every day, we believe that a free, robust and unfettered press remains the most essential element to the health and the future of our great country, our democracy and our freedom,” Callahan said. Gabriella Bachara, a senior in the Cronkite School, told the crowd that Cooper is a constant presence on the big TV screen in the First Amendment Forum in the school.

“I’ve sat in the forum with hundreds of other students watching him break the biggest news stories during my four years here at ASU,” she said.

After the luncheon, Cooper met with students in the Cronkite School on ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus.

Senior journalism major Bryce Newberry asked Cooper how he prepares a show when the news is constantly changing.

“All I do is read stuff all day long,” Cooper said.

“What I prepare for are contentious interviews. I spend hours looking for transcripts of every interview that person has done over the last six weeks.”

Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication students packed the First Amendment Forum to hear Anderson Cooper speak on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU

Now That preparation allows him to see their talking points.

“You can arm yourself with facts and you’ll see if somebody said something that’s not true, and you have what is true, you can have that in your arsenal to push back.”

Cooper told the students that they have technical skills he never learned, but that passion will be the key to their careers.

“You all have something that is unique and different, and don’t let somebody in a newsroom who’s been in the profession for 40 years squeeze that out of you and make you sound like everybody else who’s already in the newsroom.”

Top photo: Emmy and Peabody Award-winning broadcast journalist Anderson Cooper speaks after receiving the 2018 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, on Oct. 17, 2018. He spoke of his adventures and some of the journalists he’s known who have given their lives while telling stories around the world. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Global Engagement Downtown Phoenix campus

Anderson had anchored AC360 from CNN's Los Angeles Bureau on Monday and Tuesday evenings, but on Wednesday evening he broadcast from the Cronkite News, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU ~

Chris Cuomo brought up the award when Anderson checked in with him during AC360 ~

After AC360 Anderson headed to the Phoenix airport where he treated himself to ~

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