Journalist Paula Zahn

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 20, 2003

I'm puzzled as to why Paula Zahn is no longer on American Morning and wonder what she's doing now.
—Virgil S., Florida

The newswoman who caused a bit of a stir when she left the Fox News Channel to join CNN in 2001, has moved into prime time. She now hosts the cable channel's Live From The Headlines as well as its People In the News. The 47-year-old Omaha native has been a reporter for more than 20 years. Zahn spent 10 years with CBS, co-hosting The CBS Morning News and serving as anchor for the Saturday evening news. In 1999, she joined the fledgling Fox News Channel as anchor for its nightly news, and went on to host her own news/interview program there, called The Edge with Paula Zahn. When CNN succeeded in signing her away from FNC in 2001, her arrival was announced with a 15-second spot that asked, "Where can you find a morning news anchor who's provocative, super-smart and, oh yeah, just a little bit sexy?" Zahn and the head of CNN immediately voiced their disapproval of the ad, and it was pulled from the air, but not before it became a big news story itself. Since that controversial start, Zahn has settled into her duties at CNN. An interesting bit of trivia about Zahn: She's been playing the cello since she was 5 years old, attended Stephens College in Missouri on a cello scholarship, and made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops in 1992.