Whether he’s covering the war in Iraq, a tsunami in Thailand, or the death of a celebrity, Anderson Cooper stands out as an insightful, charismatic reporter.
Born into an extremely wealthy and well-educated family, Cooper, however, confronted more than its fair share of tragedy in his life. At 10, Cooper lost his father. A decade later, his oldest brother Carter committed suicide. His brother’s death had a profound impact on him, causing Cooper to re-evaluate his life and career. From his losses, Cooper realized he could handle adversity better than most, and he developed the desire to break bad news to others. Despite not having any formal training, Cooper decided to become a journalist. After failing to land a job as a reporter, Cooper took matters into his hands. In 1990, he bought a camera and used fake press ID to cover the crisis in Somalia. The producer of the news program— Channel One was so impressed with his coverage that they bought the footage and gave him a job as chief international correspondent. And in 2001, CNN hired him as a co-anchor for one of their programs.
Once he was in the spotlight on CNN, Cooper’s career soared. His passionate news segments appealed to many viewers. His ability to get to the bottom of things makes many people feel like they are getting the news from a person who is just like them. Although Cooper mainly reports from CNN studios in New York, he has never been reluctant to report from dangerous locations. In 2004, he rushed down to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck. Cooper was clearly moved by the damage he witnessed. Thus, many viewers connected with his raw emotion and his coverage launched him to superstardom. While reporting the earthquake in Haiti, he threw down his camera and rescued a boy who was injured in the streets. For his stellar work, Cooper has taken home several honors.
【題組】How can we best describe Cooper’s childhood?
(A)Cooper came from a rich family and he rarely had any problems.
(B)Cooper received an excellent education and he lived a happy life.
(C)Cooper’s parents were kind and they encouraged him to be a reporter.
(D)Cooper’s family had a lot of money but he went through some tough times.