Andy Cohen (television personality)
June 2, 1968 |
St. Louis, Missouri
|Education||Boston University (B.S.)|
|Occupation||Television executive and TV Host|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Title||Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development|
Andy Cohen (born June 2, 1968) is an American television executive, host and author. As of 2012, he is the executive vice president of development and talent at the Bravo cable television network, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal. He is also the host of the network's nightly live talk show Watch What Happens Live and the author of a memoir, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture. He is the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show.
Life and career 
Cohen was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where he graduated from Clayton High School in 1986. He is a graduate of Boston University, where he received a B.A. degree in broadcast journalism. He then spent 10 years at CBS News, eventually serving as senior producer of The Early Show. Cohen also served as a producer for the network's 48 Hours and for CBS This Morning. In July 2000, he became Vice President of Original Programming for the cable network Trio. Cohen started at Bravo in 2005 as Senior Vice President of Original Programming & Development. Cohen is also a blogger on pop culture, television, media, and his own daily life.
Cohen started at Bravo in 2005 as Senior Vice President of Original Programming & Development and was upped to Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Development in December, 2010. Since then he has overseen an aggressive slate of unscripted series and specials including hits such as the Peabody Award winning "Project Runway," Emmy winning “Top Chef,” "Queer Eye," "Work Out," “Being Bobby Brown,” “Top Design,” “Make Me a Supermodel,” “Blow Out,” “Kathy Griffin My Life On the D List,” “The A List Awards” "The Millionaire Matchmaker," "Million Dollar Listing," “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” “Bethenny Ever After,” “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” “Shahs of Sunset,” “Flipping Out,” and “The Real Housewives” franchises.
He is also the host of Bravo's nightly live talk show Watch What Happens Live, plus 30 episodes of Bravotv.com's live streaming online program, and has hosted many Bravo reunion shows.
Previously, Cohen was Vice President of Original Programming for TRIO (pop, culture, TV), beginning in July 2000. He was responsible for developing and supervising all of TRIO's original productions including the critically acclaimed original documentaries "Gay Republicans," "Easy Riders/Raging Bulls," "Brilliant, But Cancelled," and the original series "Pilot Season,” "24w/" and "Parking Lot."
Cohen is a recurring commentator on CNN and other media outlets as a pop culture pundit for Bravo. He has co-hosted Live with Regis & Kelly on ABC-TV.
He hosted the Miss USA 2011 and 2012 pageants, and with Natalie Morales co-hosted the Miss Universe 2011 twice.
Cohen is a regular on “Today” and “Morning Joe” and has cohosted “Live! with Kelly,” “The View” and the 10:00am hour of “Today.” He has also been a guest on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Cohen has appeared on the covers of several magazines including Parade, Entertainment Weekly, Hamptons, and The Advocate and has been profiled by The New York Times, Glamour Magazine, Vanity Fair, People and Fortune magazine.
Awards and accolades 
- Emmy Award, 2010, as Executive Producer of Outstanding Competitive Reality Series Top Chef
- In 2007, Cohen was named one of Multichannel News' "40 Under 40" broadcasting executives.
- Peabody Award, 2004, as executive producer of the Trio documentary The N-Word
In December of 2012 GQ Magazine named Cohen one of the 25 Best Dressed Men of the Year.
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.
He again became a New York Times best-selling author in 2013 with the paperback edition of "Most Talkative."
In 2012 he was chosen as one of Broadcasting & Cable’s “Digital All-Stars” and in 2010, he was listed as one of TV Guide’s “25 Most Influential People in Television.”
Cohen received an Emmy award when season six of “Top Chef” won Outstanding Reality Competition Program at the 2010 primetime Emmy awards and has been nominated for twelve additional Emmy Awards as Executive Producer of "Project Greenlight," "Project Runway," "Top Chef" and "Queer Eye." In 2005, Cohen was awarded a Peabody Award for his role as Executive Producer of the TRIO documentary "The N Word" and another in 2008 as an Executive Producer of "Project Runway."
- Most Talkative: Stories from the front lines of pop culture. Henry Holt and Co. 2012. ISBN 978-0805095838.
- "Andy Cohen To Become First Openly Gay Late Night Host?". Mediaite. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- "Clayton High graduate Andy Cohen hosts Bravo talk show 'Watch What Happens Live'". ksdk.com. 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- "Forty Under Forty", Multichannel News (Multichannel.com), 2007-05-28, retrieved 2007-09-26
- The Peabody Award Winners Archive (– Scholar search), University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, archived from the original on 2007-08-31, retrieved 2007-09-26[dead link]. Note that the Peabody Archive lists the year of this award as 2004, not 2005 as stated in BravoTV.com’s biography of Cohen; the Peabody Archive citation is taken as authoritative.
- "Andy Cohen". BravoTV.com. Undated. Archived from the original on 13 January 2013. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
- Andrew Cohen at the Internet Movie Database
- Andy Cohen blog at BravoTV.com
- "Andy Cohen’s Blog" at OutZoneTV.com (last updated December 2008)