PAULA ZAHN Biography - People in the News and Media


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Name:Paula Zahn                                                                     
Birth name: Paula Ann Zahn                                                         
Born: 24 February 1956                                                             
Paula Zahn (born February 24, 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American newscaster,   
most recently the host of Paula Zahn Now on CNN. On 24 July 2007, she announced     
her resignation from CNN. The final broadcast of Paula Zahn Now aired August 2,     
Zahn initially grew up in Canton, Ohio with her parents and three siblings. The     
family relocated to Naperville, Illinois, as her father's job as an IBM sales       
executive required them to move frequently. She once joked that "IBM" really       
stood for "I've been moved". She attended Jefferson Junior High School in           
Naperville and later graduated from Naperville Central High School in 1974. She     
also competed in several beauty pageants, making the finals of the 1973 Miss       
Teenage America Pageant. Zahn continued her education at Stephens College in       
Columbia, Missouri on a cello scholarship, and received firsthand knowledge of     
the news business by working as an intern at WBBM-TV in Chicago, Illinois. She     
graduated in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Zahn then spent the       
next 10 years working at local stations around the country, including WFAA-TV in   
Dallas, Texas, KFMB-TV in San Diego, California, KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas, WHDH-TV 
(then WNEV) in Boston, Massachusetts, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, California.