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Andy Cohen: from hard news to housewives


COM alumnus Andy Cohen (’90) returned to campus for the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony in September 2012. He talked about his career, which began at CBS News in New York. He is currently Executive Vice President of Development & Talent at Bravo.

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Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen is Bravo's Executive Vice President of Development and Talent, a position he has held since November 2011. He is responsible for overseeing the network's current development slate, creating original content, developing innovative formats and identifying new talent. He also serves as Executive Producer on Emmy and James Beard award-winning "Top Chef," and “The Real Housewives” franchises.

In addition, Cohen is the host and Executive Producer of “Watch What Happens Live," Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show that features guests from some of Bravo's most popular series, as well as from the world of entertainment, politics and pop culture.

In June 2012 Cohen became a New York Times best-selling author with the release of his first book “Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture” published by Henry Holt.

Cohen spent 10 years at CBS News as Senior Producer of "The Early Show," overseeing the production of entertainment segments. Cohen also served as a producer for CBS News' "48 Hours" and for "CBS This Morning," where he produced live segments, celebrity profiles and covered breaking news including the Oklahoma City bombing, Hurricane Andrew, the California wildfires, and the crash of TWA Flight 800.

Born in St. Louis, Cohen is a graduate of Boston University where he received a B.A. degree in broadcast journalism. Cohen is currently on the board of directors for charity Friends In Deed and currently resides in New York City.

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