Paul Coates

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Paul Coates
Born(1921-03-10)March 10, 1921
DiedNovember 16, 1968(1968-11-16) (aged 47)
OccupationTelevision host and columnist
Years active1953 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.[1] However, he died a year later.


  1. ^ "Paul Coates, Newspaper Columnist, Dies". The Salt Lake Tribune. Los Angeles Times Service. 1968-11-17. p. A9.

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