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Anderson Cooper, host of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360°" a daily news program, will be the Schiffman Lecture Series speaker on March 6, 2006.
Cooper joined CNN in 2001. He has anchored major breaking news stories for CNN, including the network's overnight coverage of the war in Iraq, live coverage of the Washington D.C.-area sniper story and the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion. In 2004, Cooper moderated CNN's Democratic presidential candidates' forum jointly sponsored with Rock the Vote. He also served as the network's weekend anchor and as a correspondent in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Prior to joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent, providing reports for "World News Tonight," "20/20" and "20/20 Downtown." He anchored ABC's live, interactive overnight news program "World News Now."
Before his stint with ABC, Cooper served as a reporter and producer for Channel One News. He was chief international correspondent, reporting and producing stories from Bosnia, Iran, Israel, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa and Vietnam.
Cooper's honors include an Emmy Award, Chicago International Film Festival Silver Plaque, a Bronze Telly, a Bronze Award from the National Education Film and Video Festival, and a GLAAD Award.
Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi.
The Schiffman Lecture Series was made possible through a $1.5 million gift from John Schiffman, a member of the Columbia College Board of Trustees.