|Died||November 16, 1968 (aged 47)|
|Occupation||Television host and columnist|
|Years active||1953 to 1968|
Paul V. Coates (March 10, 1921 – November 16, 1968) was an American print and television journalist. He was known for his popular daily newspaper column and as the host of the syndicated tabloid-style television series Confidential File, developed by Coates and Irvin Kershner (1923–2010).
Coates suffered a massive stroke in 1966 which left the right side of his body paralyzed and his speech severely impaired. Initially given a 50% chance of survival, Coates made a recovery in less than a year, regaining his speech and returning to work in April, 1967. However, he died a year later.
- "Paul Coates, Newspaper Columnist, Dies". The Salt Lake Tribune. Los Angeles Times Service. 1968-11-17. p. A9.