It’s one thing to be a celebrity in any career and another to stay relevant. Most celebrities disappear after a few moments of fame. They get so caught up in the attention that comes with the limelight and eventually disappear with it. However, some make the conscious decision never to tread the path of darkness and Paula Zahn is one of them.

Paula Ann Zahn is an American Presenter and Journalist with extensive experience in the field of journalism. She started her career at a very promising age and anchored 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 Paula Zahn Case – a true crime documentary series airing on the Investigation Discovery channel. She has worked for top broadcasting companies such as CNN, ABC News, Fox News and CBS News.

Paula has more than a career in journalism and everything you need to know is detailed below.

Paula Zahn – Biography

Paula Zahn was born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA on February 24, 1956, to Betty Zahn, a teacher and artist mother, and Norm Zahn, father of sales managers at IBM. Growing up, she resided in Canton, Ohio with her parents and three siblings, Leslie (sister), Steve (brother), and Mark (brother). Over time, the family moved to Naperville, Illinois, as the nature of his father’s work required him to change offices frequently.

Zahn attended Washington Junior High School in Naperville and then graduated from college at Naperville Central High School in 1974. She was very active in high school and entered several beauty pageants. In fact, in 1973, she qualified for the semi-finals of the 1973 Miss Teenage America pageant. She then went to continue her education at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri on a cello scholarship. Later, in 1978, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.


Zahn started her career at a very young age and for the first ten years she worked for local stations across the country. She notably worked for 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 with local stations. In 1987, she accepted a job offer at ABC News. She began by anchoring a weekend program known as the Health Fair centered around health and medical issues. Before long, she began co-anchoring World News This Morning, the network’s early morning newscast, anchoring news segments on Good Morning America and stepping in for co-host, Joan Lunden.

Three years later, she accepted the offer to work at CBS on February 26, 1990 as a CBS co-anchor. This Morning with Harry Smith. During this time, she played a major role in covering the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, and the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, as well as the headquarters of Waco. However, she left on June 14, 1996, after changes were made to the morning show.

Paula Zahn was very active in CBS and as a result, she was extremely indispensable to the network, as she appeared on almost every program. Zahn also anchored the Saturday edition of the CBS Evening News and replaced Dan Rather, who was then the main anchor.

Either way, the companies were so in love with his act. Almost every “A” rated broadcasting company wanted Paula to work with them. In 1999, she joined Fox News and anchored Fox Report, the network’s daily newscast. A few months into her employment, she was involved in launching her own prime-time news program, The Edge with Paula Zahn. However, she was then fired two years later when Fox News discovered she had ties to CNN. The dismissal was based on breach of contract.

On September 11, 2001, Zahn returned to work at CNN. At that time, she was not scheduled to appear on CNN broadcasts until January 2002, when her CNN morning news program launched. American Morning with Paula Zahn

On January 9, 2009, Zahn signed a development deal for a true crime documentary series, On the Paula Zahn Case. The series premiered on the Investigation Discovery cable channel on October 18, 2009.

Private Life – Marriage, Divorce

Paula Zahn still looks flawless in her 60s. There are rumors that the reporter underwent plastic surgery, but there is no authentic information about the types of surgeries she opted for. A comparison of her old and new photos suggests that she may have undergone anti-aging treatments such as facelifts and Botox. Despite this, the American journalist is still a beauty to behold. Without her passion for journalism, make no mistake, she would have ended up making a career in modeling.

In 1987, Paula married a Jewish man, Richard Cohan, a real estate developer. The union witnessed the birth of three children – Austin Bryce Cohen, Jared Brandon Cohen and a daughter, Haley Cohen.

Paula’s union with Richard lasted about two decades and in April 2007 Paula announced that she had decided to separate. The yellow press reported that the divorce resulted from the Paula affair. At the time, it was rumored that Paula was seeing Paul Fribourg, CEO of ContiGroup and one of Richard’s best friends.

It was reported by another source that Richard found a diary of Paula, where she had written about her love interest in Freiburg. The reports couldn’t really be authenticated outside of the yellow press.

According to Paula, the divorce was as a result of Richard’s mismanagement with his 20 years of salary. She sued Cohen over it, but the New York State court dismissed it on the grounds that it was not a business dispute, but a marital dispute.

Net value

Paula Zahn is a name to be reckoned with in journalism. His level of competence, his professionalism and his vast experience have enabled him to offer jobs. The exact amount she earns is unknown, but Paula has been estimated to be worth $12 million.

Other facts about Paula Zahn

Paula’s interest in modeling is not widely known by people. Paula, during her high school years, participated in various beauty contests. In 1973, she made it to the semi-finals of the Miss Teenage America pageant.

Among other interests, Zahn is an exceptional cellist. While in high school, she received a cello scholarship to continue her education at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She had the privilege of playing at Carnegie Hall in May 1992 with the New York Pops orchestra.

Paula has a great interest in creating a cancerawareness. This interest was born out of a sad family experience. A few months into his career, four members of his family were diagnosed with cancer. his father, his mother, his aunt and his sister-in-law. Paula then lost her father, aunt and sister-in-law to cancer. His maternal and paternal grandmothers also died from the disease. Only her mother survived breast cancer – twice. This led her to become a volunteer board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and was actively involved in raising awareness about cancer in general and breast cancer in particular.