24 Facts About Paula Zahn


Paula Ann Zahn is an American journalist and newscaster who has been an anchor at ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, and CNN.


Paula Zahn currently produces and hosts the true crime documentary series On the Case with Paula Zahn on the Investigation Discovery channel.


Paula Zahn initially grew up in Canton, Ohio, with her parents and three siblings.


Paula Zahn once joked that "IBM" really stood for "I've been moved".


Paula Zahn attended Washington Junior High School in Naperville and later graduated from Naperville Central High School in 1974.


Paula Zahn competed in several beauty pageants, making the semi-finals of the 1973 Miss Teenage America Pageant.


Paula Zahn continued her education at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, on a cello scholarship, and received firsthand knowledge of the news business by working as an intern at WBBM-TV in Chicago.


Paula Zahn graduated in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.


Paula Zahn then spent the next 10 years working at local stations around the country, including WFAA-TV in Dallas, KFMB-TV in San Diego, KPRC-TV in Houston, WHDH-TV in Boston, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.


In 1987, Paula Zahn accepted an offer to work at ABC News, initially anchoring The Health Show, a weekend program on health and medical issues.


In 1990, Paula Zahn was offered a job at CBS News, which she took beginning on February 26,1990, co-anchoring CBS This Morning with Harry Smith.


Paula Zahn then went on to work as anchor of the Saturday edition of the CBS Evening News, as well as substituting for Dan Rather during the week, and contributing reports to 48 Hours, Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel, and CBS News Sunday Morning.


In 1999, after nine years at CBS News, Paula Zahn moved to the world of cable news, joining Fox News Channel, where she anchored Fox Report, the network's nightly newscast.


Paula Zahn began her work at CNN on September 11,2001, joining anchor Aaron Brown in the coverage of that day's terrorist attacks as her reaction to the events she witnessed.


In 2003, during the Iraq War, Paula Zahn moved back to prime time, hosting a two-hour program labeled Live from the Headlines which offered continuing coverage of the war and other events.


The final broadcast of Paula Zahn Now aired August 2,2007.


On November 9,2008, Paula Zahn became the new co-host of SundayArts on New York City PBS stations WNET and WLIW.


On New Year's Day 2011, Paula Zahn hosted the annual "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration" episode of the anthology series Great Performances on PBS.


Paula Zahn has three children, Austin, Jared, and Haley, with Richard Cohen, a New York City real estate developer.


Cohen, president of the co-op board, supported the removal; in 2001 Paula Zahn had spoken approvingly of the hawk and its habit of feeding on rats and pigeons.


That same year, Paula Zahn filed a lawsuit against Cohen alleging he had mismanaged 20 years' worth of her career earnings.


Paula Zahn played cello at Carnegie Hall in May 1992 with the New York Pops orchestra.


Paula Zahn is an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and has been an active advocate for issues of cancer awareness in general, and breast cancer in particular.


In May 2003, Paula Zahn received an honorary degree from Dowling College of Oakdale, New York.