It is one thing to be a celebrity in any chosen profession, and another to remain relevant. Most celebrities fade after a few moments of fame. They get so carried away by the attention that the limelight brings that they end up fading with it. However, some consciously choose never to follow the path of the unknown, and Paula Zahn is one of these celebrities.
Paula Ann Zahn is an American newscaster and journalist who has a wealth of experience in the field of journalism. She began her career at a very promising age and has presented several television programs. Over the years, her passion for her career has taken her to enviable heights and given her the opportunity to work with great minds.
Currently, she is the face of “On the Case with Paula Zahn” – a true-crime documentary series, which is broadcast on the channel “Investigation Discovery”. She has worked for first-class broadcasters such as CNN, ABC News, Fox News, and CBS News.
Paula Zahn has more to offer than just her career in journalism, and everything you need to know is described in detail below.
Paula Zahn Biography
Paula Zahn was born on February 24, 1956, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, the daughter of the mother of a teacher/artist, Betty Zahn, and the father of an IBM sales manager, Norm Zahn. As she grew up, she lived with her parents and her three siblings Leslie (sister), Steve (brother), and Mark (brother) in Canton, Ohio. Over time, the family moved to Naperville, Illinois, because the nature of her father’s work required frequent relocations.
Zahn attended Washington Junior High School in Naperville and earned her college degree from Naperville Central High School in 1974. She was very active in her high school days and participated in several beauty contests. In fact, she made it to the semi-finals of the Miss Teenage America Pageant in 1973, and with a cello scholarship, she continued her education at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1978.
Zahn began her career at a young age, and for the first ten years, she worked for local stations throughout the country. Among the stations she worked for are WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas, KFMB-TV in San Diego, California, KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas, WHDH-TV (then WNEV) in Boston, Massachusetts, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, California.
Paula’s career took off after working for local stations. In 1987, she accepted an offer to work at ABC News. She began hosting a weekend show called Health Show, which focused on health and medical issues. Within a short period of time, she began working as the co-host of World News This Morning, the station’s early morning news show, and as a news segment host on Good Morning America, as well as deputy co-host Joan Lunden.
Three years later, on February 26, 1990, she accepted an offer to work at CBS as co-host of CBS This Morning with Harry Smith. During this time, she played an important role in the coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, and the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, as well as the coverage of the siege of Waco. However, she left on June 14, 1996, after changes were made against the morning show.
Paula Zahn was very active on CBS and therefore very indispensable for the station, as she took part in almost all the broadcasts. Zahn also hosted the Saturday edition of the CBS evening news and represented Dan Rather, who was a chief anchor at the time.
Anyway, the companies were so in love with her show. Almost all the “A” rated broadcasters wanted Paula to work with them. In 1999, she joined Fox News and hosted Fox Report, the station’s nightly news program. A few months after her employment, she helped launch her own prime time news program, The Edge with Paula Zahn. She was fired two years later, however, when Fox News discovered that she had ties to CNN. The dismissal was for breach of contract.
Zahn resumed work on CNN on September 11, 2001. As then, she was not scheduled for CNN programs until January 2002, when her CNN morning news program American Morning with Paula Zahn was launched.
On January 9, 2009, Zahn signed a development contract for a genuine crime documentary series entitled About the Case of Paula Zahn. The series premiered on the cable channel Investigation Discovery on October 18, 2009.
Personal Life – Marriage, Divorce
Paula Zahn still looks flawless in her sixties. There are rumors that the journalist has undergone plastic surgery, but there is no authentic information about the type of surgery she has chosen. A comparison of her old and new photos suggests that she may have undergone age-defining treatments such as facelift and Botox. Nevertheless, the American journalist is still a beauty to look at. If it weren’t for her passion for journalism, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that she ended up making a career as a model.
In 1987 Paula married a Jewish man, Richard Cohan, who is a real estate developer. The union resulted in the birth of three children – Austin Bryce Cohen, Jared Brandon Cohen, and a daughter, Haley Cohen.
Paula’s association with Richard lasted for about two decades, and in April 2007, Paula announced that they had decided to go their separate ways. The tabloids reported that the divorce was due to Paula’s affair. At the time, the rumor was that Paula was meeting with Paul Fribourg, the CEO of the Conti Group and one of Richard’s best friends.
From another source, it was reported that Richard found a diary of Paula in which she had written about her love interest in Fribourg. The reports could not really be authenticated outside the tabloid press.
According to Paula, the divorce was the result of Richard’s mismanagement of her 20 years of earnings. She filed a lawsuit against Cohen in this matter, but the New York State Court adjourned it on the grounds that it was not a commercial dispute but a marital dispute.
Paula Zahn is a name to be reckoned with in the field of journalism. Her level, her professionalism, and her wealth of experience have led to top broadcasters offering jobs. The exact amount she earns is unknown, but it is estimated that Paula is worth 12 million dollars.
Other Facts About Paula Zahn
Paula’s interest in modeling is not generally known to people. During her school days, Paula participated in various beauty contests. In 1973 she reached the semi-finals of the Miss Teenage America contest.
Among other interests, Zahn is an exceptional cellist. During her high school years, she received a cello scholarship to continue her education at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. In May 1992 she had the privilege of playing with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
Paula has a keen interest in raising awareness about cancer. This interest came out of a sad family experience. Only a few months after the beginning of her career, four of her family members were diagnosed with cancer: her father, her mother, her aunt, and her sister-in-law. Paula later lost her father, aunt, and sister-in-law to cancer. Her maternal and paternal grandmothers also died of the disease. Only her mother survived breast cancer – twice. This prompted her to become an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and to actively participate in education about cancer in general and breast cancer in particular.