• Paula Zahn is a newscaster and journalist with a net worth of $12 million.
• She grew up in Canton, Ohio and attended Naperville Central High School and Stephens College.
• She has worked for ABC News, Fox News, CNN, and CBS News, and hosted and produced the true crime documentary series, "On the Case with Paula Zahn".
• She was married for 20 years and has three children, but filed for divorce due to an alleged affair.
• She is a cancer survivor and advocate and has an honorary degree from Dowling College.

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Short Info

Net Worth$12 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 24, 1956
SpouseRichard Cohen
FactShe lives in New York, New York in an Upper East Side co-op apartment building facing Central Park. This posh building was made famous as being the home of Pale Male (2002), a red tailed hawk who had nested on a ledge there with his mates for over 12 years. [December 2004]

Who is Paula Zahn from “On the Case”?

Paula Ann Zahn was born on 24 February 1956, in Omaha, Nebraska USA, and is a newscaster and journalist, known from working for various high profile news networks, which have included ABC News, Fox News, CNN, and CBS News. She is also the host of the true crime documentary series entitled “On the Case with Paula Zahn” which she also produces.

The Wealth of Paula Zahn

How rich is Paula Zahn? As of early-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $12 million, mostly earned from a successful career in broadcast journalism. She’s handled numerous projects during the course of her career, and as she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life

Paula grew up in Canton, Ohio with her parents and three siblings; her mother worked as a school teacher while her father worked in sales, and the nature of his work had them move frequently, so they then relocated to Naperville, Illinois where she attended Naperville Central High School, and during her time there, competed in several beauty pageants.

After matriculating, Paula attended Stephens College located in Columbia, Missouri, a part of which was undertaken on a cello scholarship, and she then took an internship as a part of WBBM-TV, which also started her exposure in news. She graduated in 1978 with a degree in journalism, and after completing her studies, she would work at various local stations for the next 10 years, which included WFAA-TV, KPRC-TV, WHDH-TV and KCBS-TV. In 1987, she then got an opportunity to start working for ABC News, for which she became the anchor of the weekend health program entitled “The Health Show”. After a few months, she was also made the anchor of the early morning newscast entitled “World News This Morning”.

Further Work

In 1990, Zahn was offered a job at CBS News, and after joining the network became the co-anchor of the show “CBS This Morning”. She also covered various events as a part of the network, before moving on to work as a part of “CBS Evening News”, while also making contributions to “48 Hours” and “CBS News Sunday Morning”. She would stay for nine years with CBS News, before moving to cable news as a part of the Fox News Channel.

During her time with Fox, she anchored the nightly newscast “Fox Report”, and would eventually launch her own news program entitled “The Edge with Paula Zahn”. After two years with Fox, it was discovered that she was in negotiations with CNN, which led to the company firing her for an alleged breach of contract. Fox News would file a lawsuit against her, but it was disallowed by a New York State Supreme Court judge. She moved to CNN in September 2001, and was supposedly not initially supposed to appear as a part of programming, but quickly joined the morning news shift.

CNN and Present Work

Paula would go on to launch her own show with CNN, this time entitled “American Morning with Paula Zahn”, and in 2003, she would also become the host of the program “Live from the Headlines”, before going on to another show entitled “Paula Zahn Now”. She subsequently announced her resignation from CNN, as she wanted to take a break before moving on to another role, although she mentioned in an interview that she had no idea what she was going to do next. However, in 2008 she would become a co-host of the WNET show entitled “SundayArts”.

Her next project would be with Investigation Discovery, with which she started a true crime documentary series entitled “On the Case with Paula Zahn” a project that she continues to work on to this day, also as the producer.

Personal Life, Marriage, and Cancer

It is known that Zahn married New York City real estate developer Richard Cohen in 1987 and they have three children together. However, after 20 years of marriage, she announced that they were divorcing, because of an alleged affair Zahn had with Paul Fribourg, but the rumors were never confirmed. She also filed a lawsuit against Cohen alleging that he mismanaged 20 years’ worth of her career earnings, but the court dismissed the claim stating that it was not a commercial but a matrimonial dispute.

Paula was diagnosed with breast cancer and since then, she has been an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. She is an active advocate for cancer awareness. Not many details have been released about her battle with cancer or her recovery. She is also an accomplished cellist and has played in Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops orchestra. She also has an honorary degree from Dowling College.

General Info

Full NamePaula Zahn
Net Worth$12 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 24, 1956
Height1.75 m
ProfessionJournalist, Television producer, Presenter, Actor
EducationStephens College


SpouseRichard Cohen
ChildrenAustin Bryce Cohen, Haley Cohen, Jared Brandon Cohen
ParentsBetty Zahn, Norm Zahn


Awards32. A Face With No Name, 31. A Hidden Clue, 30. A Betrayal Concealed

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1She lives in New York, New York in an Upper East Side co-op apartment building facing Central Park. This posh building was made famous as being the home of Pale Male (2002), a red tailed hawk who had nested on a ledge there with his mates for over 12 years. [December 2004]
2According to reports in the tabloids, her husband learned of her alleged affair after reportedly finding her sex diaries in August, 2006.
3Leaving CNN. Final program is August 2, 2007 [July 24, 2007].
4When she was at CBS at the same time as Meredith Vieira, they each had a husband named "Richard Cohen".
5Has followed Kathleen Sullivan into a job three times: The Health Show (1987), America This Morning (1982), and CBS This Morning (1987).
6Studied journalism at Stephens College, Missouri.
7Started job at CNN on September 11, 2001.
8News anchor for Houston, Texas CBS affiliate KHOU-TV in the early 1980s.
9Attended college on a cello scholarship; played Carnegie Hall, 1992.
10Daughter Haley Cohen (b. ~1990); sons Jared (b. ~1994), Austin (b. ~1997)




On the Case with Paula Zahn2009-2017TV Series documentary executive producer - 185 episodes
Paula Zahn Now2005TV Series Anchor - 3 episodes


On the Case with Paula Zahn2015TV Series documentaryNarrator
Murphy Brown1991-1996TV SeriesPaula Zahn / Paul Zahn


Paula Zahn Now2005TV Series Anchor - 1 episode


On the Case with Paula Zahn2009-2017TV Series documentaryHerself - Host / Narrator / Herself / ...
American Graduate Day2016TV MovieHerself
15 Septembers Later2016Documentary voice
NYC Arts2016TV SeriesHerself - Host
The View2014TV SeriesHerself
Lessons from the Dust Bowl with Ken Burns2012TV MovieHerself - Host
Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis2011TV Movie documentaryHost
Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Great Performances2006-2011TV SeriesHerself - Introduction
Understanding Ardi2009TV MovieHerself - Moderator
Retirement Revolution: The New Reality2009TV Movie documentaryHost / Narrator
Waging War on Cancer with Paula Zahn2007-2008TV Series documentaryHerself - Host
Retirement Revolution2008TV Movie documentaryHost / Narrator
The Red Dress Collection 2007 Fashion Show2008Video documentaryHerself
Paula Zahn Now2004-2007TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Anchor / Herself - anchor / ...
Anderson Cooper 360°2005TV SeriesHerself - Anchor
CNN Special Reports2004-2005TV SeriesHerself - Anchor / Herself - anchor
Evening at Pops2004TV Series documentaryHerself
The 2004 Annual Matrix Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Daily Show2002-2004TV SeriesHerself
CNN Presents2004TV Series documentaryHerself - Anchor
Living It Up! With Ali and Jack2003TV SeriesHerself
American Morning2002-2003TV SeriesHerself - Anchor / Anchor
Intimate Portrait2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-2002TV SeriesHerself
NewsNight with Aaron Brown2001TV SeriesSubstitute Host (2005-)
People in the News2001TV SeriesHerself - Host
The Edge with Paula Zahn2000TV SeriesHerself - Host
P.S.1997TV SeriesHerself - Anchor (1997-1999)
Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel1997TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent (1997-1998)
Lauren Hutton and...1996TV SeriesHerself
People Yearbook '951995TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
The Walt Disney Company and McDonald's Present the American Teacher Awards1995TV SpecialHerself
The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994TV SeriesHerself
Lillehammer 1994: XVII Olympic Winter Games1994TV SeriesHerself
The Ultimate Driving Challenge1993TV Movie documentaryHost
CBS This Morning1993TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host / Herself (Host)
Mobster Confessions1993TV SeriesHerself (Host)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1992TV SpecialHerself
1992 Winter Olympics Highlights Video1992Video documentaryHerself
Albertville 1992: XVI Olympic Winter Games1992TV SeriesHerself
America's Toughest Assignment: Solving the Education Crisis1990TV Movie documentary
Donahue1990TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1990TV SeriesHerself
The Health Show1987TV SeriesHerself - Host (1987-1988)
America This Morning1982TV SeriesHerself - Co-Anchor (1988-1990)
Good Morning America1975TV SeriesHerself - News Anchor (1988-1990)

Archive Footage

This Is What Love in Action Looks Like2011DocumentaryHerself
911 Octopus2006Video documentaryHerself
Shut Up & Sing2006DocumentaryHerself
Deliver Us from Evil2006DocumentaryHerself
Fahrenheit 9/112004DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)

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