Anderson Cooper is speaking at Columbia right now. I’ll be sharing some of his comments periodically.

The first:

“I never really set out to be a TV anchor. I’m always rather suspicious of people who tell me they want to become an anchor. It’s kind of like when a kid tells me he wants to be a politician. I sort of think you should become a real person before you become a fake one.”

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.