Paula Zahn built quite the impressive career as a news reporter, but her time in the spotlight began even before she undertook her professional endeavors. Zahn was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1958 and grew up in Ohio and Illinois, where as a teenager she competed in beauty pageants, per Celebrity Net Worth. After reaching the semi-finals of the 1973 Miss Teenage America Pageant, she retired from the pageant world and enrolled in college at Stephens College. Upon graduation, she hit the ground running as a television reporter, starting in San Diego and moving to Houston, Boston, and Los Angeles before landing an anchoring job with ABC, per her WTTW profile. Zahn went on to appear on Good Morning America, report on the 1994 Winter Olympics, co-host CBS This Morning, and land her own news hour on Fox. She has interviewed notable people such as former U.S. presidents, professional tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, and actors Katherine Hepburn and Sophia Loren, to name a few.