Formerly the host of FOX's "The Edge," Paula Zahn is currently the anchor for CNN's weeknight primetime evening program, "Paula Zahn Now." Based in the network's New York bureau, she also hosts "People in the News," CNN's feature-format program with People magazine. Zahn, who shares her story of the effect cancer had on her family, is the recipient of an Albert Einstein College of Medicine Spirit Achievement Award, the Second Annual Cancer Awareness Award by the Congressional Families Action for Cancer Awareness, and a citation from New York's Beth Israel Medical Center for her contributions to the battle against breast cancer.
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Paula Zahn was the former 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.
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 September 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, US Secretary of State Colin Powell, New York Governor George Pataki, former US envoy Richard Holbrooke and US Senator 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 Report." Previously she spent 10 years at CBS News, where she co-hosted "CBS This Morning" and anchored the "CBS Evening News Saturday Edition." 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. She joined ABC in November 1987 as anchor of "The Health Show."
Zahn began her career at WFAA-TV in Dallas. In 1979 she moved to San Diego to work for KFMB-TV. She 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 US 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 Loren.
Zahn has received numerous honors and awards, including seven Emmy Awards, the National Commission of Working Women Broadcasting Award and an AWRT Award for reporting on gender bias in education. She 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. In 2004, Zahn received the Love of Life Foundation's Tavel-Reznik Award in support of cancer prevention, the Matrix Award for Broadcasting from New York Women in Communications and a National Headliner Award for "Fall of Saddam." She was also honored by the Museum of Radio and Television.
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. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, attending on a cello scholarship.