Anderson Cooper Studied Communism, Couldn't Find a Job

The anchor's career plan went down with the Berlin Wall.

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Anderson Cooper accepts the Wonk of Year award from American University President Neil Kerwin, right, and student Chandler Thornton, left.
Anderson Cooper accepts the Wonk of Year award from American University President Neil Kerwin, right, and student Chandler Thornton, left.

And people say journalism is a useless major. CNN's Anderson Cooper revealed to an audience of American University students on Saturday that he focused his studies at Yale on communism. "Because I kind of thought that was going to be around for awhile," the CNN host said, according to a release from American University. Unluckily for Cooper, his graduation year – 1989 – coincided with the Berlin Wall crashing down, leaving him to reconsider a career path. "I actually made a fake press pass, and I borrowed a camera and I decided to start going to wars by myself," Cooper said.

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Fast forward to today and Cooper is at the top of his field. So much, in fact, that AU named him the university's Wonk of the Year. (The first Wonk of the Year award was doled out last year to former President Bill Clinton.)

Wolf Blitzer, Cooper's CNN colleague, filmed a special breaking news alert to introduce Cooper. "Anderson, as all of you know, is a real, real wonk," Blitzer told the crowd. "He knows the wonkish details of everything."

Cooper also knows how to entertain a college-age audience. "I realize why there are a lot of students here, because you're all trying to impress your parents that this is what you do every Saturday night in Washington, D.C.," Cooper said to laughs.

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