Paula Zahn

Newscaster, News anchor, Cellist
Clear-speaking, blonde, wide-toothed anchor of the "CBS Morning News" with solid credentials as an investigate journalist and reporter, Paula Zahn can count a 1989 interview with Cuban leader Fidel Castro among her ... Read more »
Born: 02/23/1956 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Good Morning America 1975 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Arts Fall Festival 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2004, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

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American Morning 2001 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Fox Report 1999 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Retirement Revolution 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Fast Forward 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paula Zahn Now 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Paula Zahn 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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People in the News 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Edge With Paula Zahn 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

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You Decide 2000: Fox News Election Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Fox 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Dr. Laura Schlessinger: Tough Talker 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Free a Man to Fight 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Mommy Chic 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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P.S. 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Dare to Dream 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Election Night 96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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O.J. in Black and White 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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CBS This Morning 1987 - 1996 (TV Show)

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People Yearbook '95 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Smithsonian Fantastic Journey 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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A Salute to Slava 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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1994 Olympic Winter Games 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Ultimate Driving Challenge 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Share a Moment With the World 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The 1992 Winter Olympics 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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America's Kids: Their Diet of Danger 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Electronic Time Machine 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Health Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Biography

Clear-speaking, blonde, wide-toothed anchor of the "CBS Morning News" with solid credentials as an investigate journalist and reporter, Paula Zahn can count a 1989 interview with Cuban leader Fidel Castro among her career coups. She has also interviewed other heads of state as well as show business figures and numerous others. Zahn co-hosted the morning coverage of the Winter Olympics in both 1992 and 1994.

During summers while attending Stephens College, Zahn cut her teeth in TV at WBBM in Chicago (where she was raised) After graduation, she snagged her first professional job as a reporter with WFAA-TV in Dallas in 1978, where she remained for a year before moving on to San Diego as anchor and reporter for KFMB-TV, the CBS affiliate. There she won a local Emmy for investigative journalism. In 1981, she moved to KPRC-TV in Houston, TX, and two years later headed to Boston. It was back to the West Coast in 1986, where Zahn joined the CBS owned-and-operated KCBS-TV as anchor and reporter in the nation's second-largest market. While there, she won another local Emmy for her coverage of the mid-air crash between an Aeromexico jet and a private plane over Cerritos, CA. ABC News lured Zahn away to New York in 1987, giving her hosting duties on the short-lived "The Health Show", as well as the co-anchor spot on the early "World News This Morning". Additionally, she contributed segments to "Good Morning, America". In 1990, she moved back to CBS as co-anchor (with Harry Smith) of "CBS This Morning" where she did interviews in-studio as well as traveling to national and international locales. After nearly six-and-one-half years, she and Smith opted to leave when the network revamped their early morning show. Zahn moved to the anchor desk on the Saturday edition of the "CBS Evening News" and also agreed to contribute segments to "48 Hours".

Besides reporting on and anchoring the news, Zahn has been a reporter and host of many primetime news specials. For ABC News she did "America's Kids: Diet of Danger" (1988) and "The Electronic Time Machine" (1989). She also hosted the "PEOPLE Yearbook" (CBS, 1995), based on the stories from the magazine. An accomplished musician, Zahn played the cello with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 1992. She also has appeared, with several other prominent women from network news shows on a memorable episode of CBS' "Murphy Brown" sitcom as guests at Murphy's baby shower.

Relationships

Richard Cohen

Husband

Haley Cohen

Daughter
born 1989

Austin Cohen

Son
born on January 1, 1997

Jared Cohen

Son
born c. 1993

EDUCATION

Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

exchange student from Stephens College

University of Valencia

Valencia
exchange student from Stephens College

Stephens College

Columbia , Missouri 1978
attended on a music scholarship

Milestones

2007

Replaced by Campbell Brown at CNN

2001

Fired by Fox News; joined CNN as anchor of new show, "American Mornings with Paula Zahn"

1999

Joined Fox News as anchor of "The Fox Report", a one-hour nightly newscast on cable's Fox News Channel (March 1)

1996

Named anchor of the Saturday edition of "CBS Evening News"; also agreed to provide stories for "48 Hours"

1994

Again served as co-host of the morning coverage of the Winter Olympics

1992

Made Carnegie Hall debut playing cello with New York Pops Orchestra

1992

Co-hosted morning coverage of Winter Olympics

1989

Interviewed Fidel Castro

1978

First professional on-air job, WFAA-TV Dallas

1975

Worked summers, off-air, at WBBM-TV Chicago

Was anchor and reporter for KCBS-TV Los Angeles

Was anchor and reporter, KFMB-TV San Diego

Joined ABC as anchor of "The Health Show", co-anchor of "World News This Morning" and contributer to "Good Morning, America"

Moved to anchor and reporter with KPRC-TV Houston

Named anchor and reporter at WNEV Boston

Moved to CBS; named with Harry Smith as co-anchor of "CBS Morning News"

Bonus Trivia

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While at KPRC-TV Houston in 1983, Zahn received the Newscaster of the Year Award from the American Women in Radio and Television.

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In 1993, Zahn received an Albert Einstein College of Medicine Spirit of Achievement Award.

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