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Paula Faris Joins ‘The View’ As Co-Anchor

ABC Entertainment

Well, that was quick. A year after joining the “Good Morning America Weekend” anchor desk, former WCPO-TV sports anchor-reporter Paula Faris was named a co-host on ABC’s “The View.” 

Faris, actress Candace Cameron Bure (the former “Full House” cast member and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant) and original co-host Joy Behar will be co-hosts on ABC’s daytime talk show for the 19th season starting Sept. 8.

They join Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symoné and Michelle Collins as co-hosts. Gone are Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.  

Popular co-host Sherri Shepherd also returns this fall as a contributor, along with Padma Lakshmi, Stacy London, Ana Navarro and Molly Sims. Shepherd left last year. So did founder Barbara Walters and Jenny McCarthy.

Faris, mother of three, will be busy this fall. She will continue co-anchoring “GMA Weekend,” says Lauri Hogan, ABC Entertainment Group publicity director. Faris was a Channel 9 sports reporter and weekend sports anchor 2002-05. She left here for Chicago NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV in 2005, then moved to ABC News in New York in January 2012.

“I’m humbled and excited to have not one, but two dream jobs -- ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘The View’,” said Faris in the ABC announcement. “What I love about the ‘The View’ is that no topic is off the table and every viewer can feel like they have a voice on the show. I can’t wait to connect with the audience in a new way as I take a seat alongside this exceptional group of women.”

Credit ABC Entertainment
“The View” co-hosts for fall are (left) Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Michelle Collins, Paula Faris and Raven-Symoné.

Here is “The View” media release bio on Faris, which doesn't mention her stint at Channel 9:

Paula Faris: “The Emmy Award-winning journalist has covered a wide range of subjects for ABC News from the New England Patriots “deflate-gate” scandal and the men’s and women’s World Cup to the Philadelphia Amtrak crash. In 2015, she covered the red carpet and hosted “The Oscars Backstage” at the 87th Annual Academy Awards.  In her regular reports for ABC’s “Real Money” series, she has helped American families save thousands of dollars. The Michigan native has interviewed everyone from Reese Witherspoon and John Legend to Stephen Curry and Tiger Woods. Most recently, Faris in-terviewed the parents of Kevin Ward, Jr., the sprint car driver killed by NASCAR star Tony Stewart. She started her television broadcasting career as a reporter at WKEF/ WRGT-TV in Dayton, Ohio.” 

A more complete bio for Faris and her co-workers are on The View site.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.