Paula Zahn is anchor for CNN's weeknight primetime
evening program, Paula Zahn Now, an issues-driven program offering
live newsmaker interviews and meaningful discussion and analysis
from an exclusive roster of contributors.
Based in the network's New York bureau, Zahn also hosts People
in the News, CNN's feature-format program with PEOPLE magazine profiling
newsmakers from politics, sports, business, medicine and entertainment.
Previously, Zahn anchored the network’s flagship morning news
program, American Morning with Paula Zahn, which she helped launch
in fall 2001.
In 2003, Zahn anchored and provided the latest news on Operation
Iraqi Freedom, interviewing multiple guests, including family members
of troops, diplomats, Iraqi-Americans and politicians. On her first
day with CNN, Zahn began continuous on-scene coverage of the Sept.
11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers in New York.
In the course of that reporting, she interviewed multiple rescue
workers, survivors, dignitaries and officials, including Jordan’s
King Abdullah, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, N.Y. Gov. George
Pataki, former U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke and U.S. Sen. Orrin
Hatch, to name a few.
Before joining CNN in September 2001, Zahn most recently was host
of The Edge with Paula Zahn, a daily news program on Fox News Channel.
She joined Fox in 1999 as anchor of its evening news, The Fox
Previously she spent 10 years at CBS News, where she co-hosted CBS
Morning News and anchored the CBS Evening News Saturday
She also co-anchored the 1994 Olympic Winter games in Lillehammer,
Norway and served as primetime co-host of the 1992 Olympic Winter
Games in Albertville, France. Earlier, Zahn served as co-anchor
of World News This Morning and anchored news segments of Good
Morning America on ABC. Zahn joined ABC in November 1987 as anchor of The
Zahn began her career at WFAA-TV in Dallas. In 1979 she moved to
San Diego to work for KFMB-TV. Zahn also worked at KPRC-TV in Houston,
WNEV-TV (now WHDH-TV) in Boston and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles before
joining ABC News.
Throughout her career, Zahn has interviewed multiple key newsmakers,
including former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush, Jimmy
Carter and Gerald Ford, Cuban President Fidel Castro, former Russian
President Mikhail Gorbachev, H.M. Queen Noor of Jordan, former President
of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze, former Russian President Boris Yeltsin,
first lady Betty Ford, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott,
civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael and human rights activist
Winnie Mandela. Zahn has also interviewed athletes and artists,
including tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, actress Faye
Dunaway, baseball player Ted Williams, actress Katherine Hepburn,
actor Warren Beatty, baseball player Joe DiMaggio and actress Sophia
Zahn has received numerous honors and awards, including a 1994 Emmy for Outstanding
Coverage of a Continuing News Story for her reporting on mainstreaming the mentally
disabled into education, the National Commission of Working Women Broadcasting
Award and an AWRT Award for reporting on gender bias in education. Zahn also
received an Albert Einstein College of Medicine Spirit Achievement Award, the
Second Annual Cancer Awareness Award by the Congressional Families Action for
Cancer Awareness, the Spirit of Life award from the City of Hope Cancer Center
and a citation from New York's Beth Israel Medical Center for her contributions
to the battle against breast cancer.
Zahn, an experienced cellist who began playing when she was 5, made her Carnegie
Hall debut in 1992 performing with the New York Pops orchestra.
Zahn earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Stephens College in
Columbia, Mo., attending on a cello scholarship.