This Beloved News Correspondent Just Had His World Transformed. You’ll Be So Touched by How It Happened.

Anderson Cooper is one of America’s most beloved journalists. The CNN host has stayed both empathetic and informative from the newsroom, and been on location not only observing and reporting on global crises but making them incredibly human. But in one of his latest works, Cooper didn’t just report on an issue, he became part of it. After compiling a report on the state of homelessness in America, Anderson Cooper was no longer just a reporter – he was connected to a deep community of people he knew was ignored, and he couldn’t go back to being that way. See how engaging with one of the most ignored populations radically changed this reporter’s views from detachment and annoyance to one of love in the interview below.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.