Anderson Cooper to Speak at Bucknell University

December 2, 2016

Just 11 days following the presidential inauguration and in the midst of one of the most divisive times in recent political history, award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper will discuss the current state of American politics in a talk at Bucknell University on Jan. 31. Presented by the Bucknell Forum, Cooper, the anchor of CNN's nightly news program Anderson Cooper 360°, will deliver a keynote address followed by a moderated discussion and a Q&A with the audience at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a brief book-signing session in the Weis Center lobby. 

Since the start of his career in 1992, Cooper has covered major news events around the globe, often reporting from the scene. He played a pivotal role in CNN's political and election coverage and recently co-moderated the second 2016 presidential debate, in addition to moderating debates and town halls for the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian parties and anchoring from the major party conventions. He has also extensively covered the conflicts and refugee crisis in Syria and Egypt and is a regular correspondent for CBS' 60 Minutes.

Cooper is the recipient of numerous prestigious journalism awards, including eight Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award and helped lead CNN's Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina and DuPont Award-winning coverage of the catastrophic 2004 tsunami off the coast of Indonesia. His memoir about covering wars and disasters, Dispatches from the Edge, topped the New York Times'  bestseller list in 2006.

Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent, host of the network's reality program The Mole and anchor of its overnight newscast World News Now. He joined ABC from Channel One News, a school television network seen daily in more than 12,000 classrooms nationwide, where he served as chief international correspondent. During that time, he reported and produced stories from conflicts in Bosnia, Cambodia, Haiti, Israel, Myanmar, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia and South Africa. 

Event information
The event is free and open to the public.

UPDATE: All tickets specifically designated for students, faculty and staff have been distributed. A limited number of tickets for the general public will be distributed at the Weis Center box office beginning at 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Weis Center lobby will open at 6 p.m. with doors to the auditorium opening at 6:45 p.m. Individuals should be seated by 7:30 p.m., as unoccupied seats will be released at that time.

An ASL interpreter will be signing at the event for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. If attendees need this service, they are asked to contact for seating arrangements.

General questions regarding this event should be directed to the Division of Communications by calling (570) 577-3260 or by emailing