A native of Liberia who came to the United States at 14 years of age, Cooper studied journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a reporter since 1987.

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May 01, 2004 - Aug 01, 2004 | "The House at Sugar Beach", a memoir which chronicles the social evolution of Liberia through the eyes of Ms. Cooper's family, which is descended from African-American slaves who emigrated to Liberia in the 19th century.