With a distinguished head of premature gray hair and a charming onscreen demeanor, newsman Anderson Cooper grabbed audience attention - and the nickname "The Silver Fox" - for his contributions to the field of journalism. The clever Cooper won far-reaching respect in an era of backlash against journalists, particularly with his emotional on-the-scene coverage of the devastation in New Orleans following 2005's Hurricane Katrina. His show "Anderson Cooper 360º" (CNN, 2003- ) became essential viewing for a generation often chided for not caring about the news, and Cooper himself its modern-day journalistic authority. The journalist possessed a glamour and charisma rare in the field, from his lineage as heiress Gloria Vanderbilt's son to speculation about his sexuality, which he treated good-naturedly but chose not to comment on publicly. Mixing intelligence, compassion and that impossible-to-define "it" factor, Cooper, unlike so many other famous family scions, earned his own impressive legacy.