Crime documentaries have always been a subject of fascination and interest to the common folk. From movies to novels, a portrayal of some of the most mysterious killers of history has always gathered a large number of viewers. Playing on the same trope, On the Case with Paula Zahn follows several high profile case and attempts to reach the final truth. The series features veteran journalist Paula Zahn who has left the comfort of the studio for the field. The series features the opinions of each party involved with the case. In the end, viewers are left on their own to decide what happened in the case. In this article, we take a closer look at the host of the series, Paula Zahn.
Paula Ann Zahn was born on the 24th of February 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska. Paula was born into a middle-class family where her mother worked as a teacher and her father was a salesman for the IMB Corporation. Paula was one of the four children of the family and was raised alongside her brothers, Mark and Steve, and a little sister, Leslie. Even though Paula first attended the Washington Junior High School, she later switched over to the Naperville Central High School. In 1978, Paula graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. In the summer of 2003, Paula received an Honorary degree from Dowling College in Oakdale.
During her years in high school, Paula attended several beauty pageant contests and reached the semi-finals of the Miss Teenage America.
After finishing her internship at the WBBM-TV network, Paula began working for the WFAA-TV station in Dallas. She later switched over to KFMB-TV in San Diego, California. In the years that followed, Paula worked for several stations including KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, California.
Her first ticket to fame came when she began working in the news team for ABC News. She was asked to host The Health Show before taking over World News This Morning.
Paula quit ABC News in 1990 and started working for CBS News. She was offered the chance to host the program, CBS This Morning. During her time at CBS, Paula also covered the 1992 Winter Olympics in France and the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway.
After a nine-year career at CBS, Paula switched over to the Fox News Channel. She worked on programs including the Fox Report and was handed her show entitled, The Edge with Paula Zahn. Enjoying a two-year stay at Fox, Paula shifted to CNN and began hosting a new show, American Morning with Paula Zahn. She quit CNN in July 2007 and started working for the WNET network on 9 November 2008.
Paula started working on her new show, On the Case with Paula Zahn, from the 19th of October 2009. Ever since then, Paula has hosted 19 seasons of the show.
Paula Zahn was married to Richard Cohen who is a real estate developer. The pair met through a mutual friend in 1984 and dated for three years before tying the knot. Married in 1987, the pair enjoyed 20 years of marriage before breaking things up. The divorce came after Paula was suspected cheating on Richard with the American businessman Paul Fribourg. Since her divorce from Richard, Paula has not been publicly associated with any men. She has three children: Jared Brandon Cohen, Haley Cohen, Austin Bryce Cohen with Richard and devoted herself to taking care of them.
As of 2020, Paula’s net worth is estimated to be around USD 18 million.
Paula Ann Zahn
February 24, 1956
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
5 ft 7 inches (1.75 m)
Richard Cohen (m. 1987–2007)
Norm Zahn, Betty Zahn
Mark, Steve, Leslie
Jared Brandon Cohen, Haley Cohen, Austin Bryce Cohen