Describing the experience, Cooper wrote "Africa was a place to forget and be forgotten in." During college, Cooper spent two summers as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency.Although he has no formal journalistic education, he opted to pursue a career in journalism rather than stay with the agency after school, After his first correspondence work in the early 1990s, he took a break from reporting and lived in Vietnam for a year, during which time he studied the Vietnamese language at Vietnam National University, Hanoi.Cooper considers his father's book Families to be "sort of a guide on..he would have wanted me to live my life and the choices he would have wanted me to make.And so I feel very connected to him." Cooper's older brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, died by suicide on July 22, 1988, at age 23, by jumping from the 14th-floor terrace of Vanderbilt's New York City penthouse apartment.Describing his philosophy as an anchor, he has said: I think the notion of traditional anchor is fading away, the all-knowing, all-seeing person who speaks from on high.I don't think the audience really buys that anymore. 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.
In 2002, he became CNN's weekend prime-time anchor.
Since 2002, he has hosted CNN's New Year's Eve special from Times Square.
On September 8, 2003, Cooper became the anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN.
The skin of a woman's hand was peeling off like a glove.
Revealing macabre fascination, Cooper whipped out his disposable camera and took a closeup photograph for his personal album. Later that person showed Cooper the photo, saying, "You need to take a look at what you were doing." "And that's when I realized I've got to stop, [...] I've got to report on some state fairs or a beauty pageant or something, to just, like, remind myself of some perspective." In 1995, Cooper became a correspondent for ABC News, eventually rising to the position of co-anchor on its overnight World News Now program on September 21, 1999.