American broadcasterand correspondent of CNN, Fox, ABC and CBS news, Paula Ann Zahn was born in Omaha, Nebraska on February 24, 1956. Zahn most important project isOn the Case with Paul Zahn which goes on air on Investigation Discovery Channel.

Child hood and earlycareer:

Zahn mother was a school teacher while her father was an IBM sales supervisor. Zahn lived in Canton with her three siblings and parents but later moved to Naperville, Illinois where she attended the Washington junior high school. In 1974 Zahn graduated from Naperville central High school.

Zahn carried on with her studies in Missouri at Stephens College on cello scholarship receiving top most awareness in the news business as she was working as an intern at WBBM-TV in Illinois. In the year 1978 Zahn got bachelors degree in Journalism. She then kept working for 10 years at local channels all over the country.

Marital life:

Zahn is married to Richard Cohen and has three kids; Cohen is a real estate developer and a Jewish, couple is raising their kids in Jewish faith.Zahn announced, in April 2007 to divorce Cohen after 20 years of marriage, which was the result of Zahn’s affair, but it was all rumours which were never validated further than media accounts. Again in 2007 Zahn filed a law suit against Cohen alleging that he had messed up with 20 years of herr earning, the New York state court dismissed the case deciding that it “is not a commercial case, rather, it is a matrimonial dispute masquerading as a commercial dispute.”


At ABC news Zahn agreed to anchor a health show in 1987, but within few months she started co-anchoring news related programmes, including Good Morning America.

CBS News:Due to her brilliant work at ABC News, CBS News offered her job in 1990, co-anchoring with Harry Smith in the CBS This Morning show. After changes had been made to the show in 1996 Zahn started anchoring the CBS Evening News on Saturdays, she also replaced Dan Rather in the week and contributed to the other projects of the channel.While working with CBS Zahn helped in the coverage of 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics which were held in France and Norway respectively.

Fox Report News: After working with CBS News for nine years Zahn joined the cable world as been the part of Fox News Channel. From the channel she started anchoring Fox Report, within a month Zahn initiated The Edge with Paula Zahn her own prime time news programme. Fox News Channel fired Zahn after discovering that she had been negotiating with CNN to move to the channel alleging her for breach of contract.

CNN:Zahn started her job at CNN on September 11, 2001 as she reacted to a terrorist attack for which she herself was the witness, joining Aaron Brown as anchor. After the programme she became the regular anchor of the morning news shifts. In four months time she launched her own morning programme American Morning with Paula Zahn. In 2003 at the time of Iraq War Zahn hosted a two hours programme which kept giving the updates of war and other occurrences. It was July 24, 2007 when she announced her resignation from CNN. The goodbye letter Zahn wrote for CNN stated that she plan to take a break in between her jobs and catch a breath so that she can start new project.

In 2008 Zahn started co-hosting “sundayArts” from WNET and WLIW, a programme which covers New York City fine arts scenes.

In 2009 Zahn publicized to develop a True Crime documentary series along with co producers which was aired on Investigation Discovery cable channel.

Zahn is an amateur member of Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and also a vigilant advocate on the matter of breast cancer.

Last Modified: Apr 7, 2020

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