Anderson Cooper Announces the Birth of His Baby Boy, Wyatt Morgan Cooper

CNN anchor, Anderson Cooper is known for his nightly news broadcast on CNN. The journalist announced that he has become a father. His baby boy, Wyatt Morgan Cooper, was born on April 27, and Cooper tried to hold back tears as he made the announcement live on the air. 

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Anderson Cooper announces the birth of his son

On April 30, just after speaking with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Bill Gates about COVID-19 vaccination efforts, Cooper took a break from his regular coverage to announce the good news. 

“It’s been a difficult time in all of our lives and there are certainly many hard days ahead,” he said. “It is I think, especially important in these times of trouble to try to hold on to moments of joy and moments of happiness. Even as we mourn the loss of loved ones, we are also blessed with new life and new love. So, I just wanted to take a moment to share with you some joyful news of my own.”

The 52-year old revealed that he became a father to a healthy, 7-pound, 2-ounce baby boy on Monday, April 27. With a huge smile, he noted that he never said those words out loud before, and is still pretty astonished by the fact that he’s now a dad. He pulled up a picture of his newborn son, Wyatt Cooper, and revealed that he named him after his late father, famed writer Wyatt Emory Cooper. 

“He’s named after my dad, who died when I was 10-years-old,” said Cooper. “I hope I can be as good a dad as he was.”

His baby boy has a special middle name

After revealing his son’s name, Cooper went on to explain that his middle name, Morgan, comes from his late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt’s family. He also talked about how he came across the name, and why it was so special to his parents.  

“I know my mom and dad liked the name Morgan because while I was going through her things recently, I found a list that they hade made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me,” he revealed. “Morgan was on the list. So that’s Wyatt Morgan Cooper, my son.”  

Anderson Cooper took a moment to thank his surrogate 

In the segment, Cooper revealed that as a “gay kid,” he never thought that it would be possible for him to ever have a child. He thanked the doctors and nurses involved in his son’s birth and gave a special shout out to his surrogate. 

“Most of all, I am eternally grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, watched over him lovingly, tenderly, and gave birth to him,” Cooper said. “It’s an extraordinary blessing which she an all surrogates give to families who can’t have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, an amazingly supportive husband. I’m also thankful to for all the support that they have given Wyatt and me — My family is blessed that we have this family in our lives.”

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I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father. This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three days old. He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son's middle name is Morgan. It's a family name on my mom's side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth. Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.

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Cooper then remembered his late parents and his late brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper. His mother died last summer, at the age of 95 after battling stomach cancer. 

“I do wish my mom and my dad and my brother Carter were alive to meet Wyatt, but I’d like to believe that they can see him,” the news anchor said as he held back tears. “I imagine them all together, with their arms around each other, smiling and laughing. And watching, looking down on us, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt and that our family continues — new life and new love.”