CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper was the keynote speaker for this year’s Founder’s Day student address that happened on October 28 at 3 p.m. in Knight Hall at Washington State University. The event was hosted by the Washington State Alumni Association and it was open to all students, but due to limited seating, the tickets were sold and distributed on a first-come-first-serve policy. Everything got kicked off with some short opening remarks from Chancellor Mark Wrighton and Steven Segal, chair of the Alumni Board of Governors, who introduced Cooper. The CNN broadcaster gave a quick intro to his life and discussed how he ended up becoming an iconic member of the CNN news team, as well as what he did during his college years to help him accomplish that. After failing to land an entry-level job at a news station, Cooper went on his lifelong dream of traveling the world and covering various wars and conflicts in different countries He told the students that this is how he eventually got his foot in the door with a major job offer to be an ABC correspondent, and the rest is history. After the speech, Cooper opened up to take some questions from the audience.
The New York City native the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, who is related to the prominent founders of Vanderbilt shipping and railroad furniture. His older brother, Carter, committed suicide at the age of 23 by jumping off the 14th floor of their penthouse apartment, and this is what sparked Cooper’s interest in journalism and telling stories to the world. He attended the Dalton School, a co-educational university preparatory day school in New York City. After graduation, Cooper took a short hiatus from school to travel around Africa. Upon his return, he enrolled and attended Yale University where he earned his B.A. in political science in the year 1989. During his college years, Cooper even interned for two years for the Central Intelligence Agency, however, despite not having any formal training, he embarked on a career towards journalism instead of staying at the agency.
Cooper recently spoke in Washington state for the Founder’s Day student address that happened on Saturday, October 28 at Washington State University. The event was in high demand and tickets were gone fairly quickly, so only the lucky ones who were able to snatch some of the first-come-first-serve ones were able to get in. Regardless, it was a very memorable event for everyone.