His nickname is "Andy". Anderson Cooper once worked on Channel One News, the short weekday news program that airs in schools around the United States. They originally didn’t want to hire him, though he got the job by going to a foreign country to shoot a story by himself. Anderson Cooper was listed as the third sexiest newscaster in the United States by Playgirl Magazine. Anderson Cooper’s hair started to turn gray when he was twenty years old, though by the time he was thirty-five, his hair had become completely gray. When Anderson Cooper was seventeen years old, he went to Africa in an attempt to try to film a story that was going on there. However, he soon contracted malaria and was forced to spend some time in a Kenyan hospital.