Oh Anderson! My first love of international news…

When I first became really interested in watching international news, Anderson Cooper became my man. He became a familiar face (and not a bad one at that) anytime the world was in peril.

Cooper, who joined CNN in December 2001, served as CNN’s weekend anchor before moving to prime time in March 2003 following the war in Iraq and then to a two-hour, late evening timeslot in November 2005 following Hurricane Katrina.

Cooper often reports from the scene, most recently from the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and the BP oil spill in the gulf.

Cooper also traveled around the world for Planet in Peril, a documentary about issues threatening the planted during most of 2007 and 2008.

Being young and impressionable when I first started following Cooper, it made me look at journalism in a different way.

In addition to reporting for CNN, Cooper also reports for CBS’s 60 Minutes. Dispatches from the Edge, Cooper’s memoirs about covering the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and other news events, recently topped the New York Times Bestsellers List and other bestseller charts.

Although I have to admit that I haven’t followed Cooper as much in his later career, he was at one time an influence in my life.

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