MEDIA ICON -2010’s Most Remarkable

By Sandra Lord & Allison Lord — Caribbean (read bios)


(©) 2010 Lord Sisters. All Rights Reserved

We love the caring spirit of Anderson Cooper, CNN’s golden boy and darling of the American public. We, at this blog, are thinking about getting him nominated for a Presidential award for his humanitarian efforts.

Highly respected in media circles, Anderson has earned his kudos primarily due to a lifetime of dedication to excellence in journalism, fueled by a profound interest in the survival of the human spirit in extenuating circumstances. He comes off as authentically compassionate, sensitive and kind, exhibiting an unusual empathy and caring for those less fortunate than himself. Anderson comes from a life of privilege, being the son of the famous clothing designer, Gloria Vanderbilt, and writer, Wyatt Emory Cooper.

Anderson says he was a “news junkie” since he was ‘in utero.’ Now called the “anchorperson of the future,” Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from diverse points of view, so audiences can make up their own minds about the news. His popular show, Anderson Cooper 360°, a provocative news program that does just that.

In his early years, he reported and produced stories from Bosnia, Iran, Israel, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa and Vietnam. However, since the launch of Anderson Cooper 360°, Cooper has covered nearly all major news events around the world, often reporting from the scene, and introducing us to some of the worst war-torn regions around the globe.

He has reported multiple times on momentous events in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Niger famine in Maradi, ongoing violence in Mexico, the bombings in London, the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, and in 2004, traveled to Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami. And who can forget his heart-wrenching coverage of (and continued interest in) the aftermath of the deadly Hurricane Katrina, or his high definition documentary, Planet in Peril, about issues threatening the planet, its inhabitants and its natural resources or his homage to the extraordinary deeds by ordinary people, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. Cooper and Anderson Cooper 360°, have rightfully won several major journalism awards, including multiple Emmy awards.

However, it is his impassioned coverage of events like the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf and the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti that makes him our 2010 Media Icon – The Most Remarkable Media Personality. In each instance, he has brought with him a level of passion and genuineness that is unparalleled.

Anderson Cooper sums up his work in this quote, “I think you have to be yourself, and you have to be real and you have to admit what you don’t know, and talk about what you do know, and talk about what you don’t know as long as you say you don’t know it. I tend to relate more to people on television who are just themselves, for good or for bad, than I do to someone who I believe is putting on some sort of persona.” And that’s why we can understand how this much-touted newsman is, in fact, a fan of reality star, NeNe Leakes of the Real Housewives of Atlanta fame. Endearing. J


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