Anderson Cooper – Media Person of the Year (I Want Media)

Anderson Cooper, the host of “Anderson Cooper 360°” on CNN, was named the 2005 Media Person of the Year in the annual online poll held by I Want Media. Cooper was announced as the year’s top figure in the media industry on CNBC’s “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch” on Dec. 5.

The readers of I Want Media nominated 10 candidates and sent thousands of hits to the two-week-long Internet poll. The winner last year, in 2004, was Jon Stewart of Comedy Central — a “fake” news anchor.

Following Cooper, the figures who earned the most votes this year were, in order: Steve Jobs; Howard Stern; Google guys Sergey Brin and Larry Page; and Martha Stewart.