Paula Faris was innately curious as a child, asking so many questions her family nicknamed her “Paula 20 Questions.” The daughter of a Lebanese immigrant and an Irish Catholic mother, Paula was gifted with darker skin, a slight frame, and what she calls “unusually large” green eyes. As a result, she was also the target of merciless teasing by her elementary peers. What began as childhood teasing took root in Paula’s life and grew into full-on self-doubt. She attended Cedarville University, and because she was inclined to the endless questioning of investigative reporting, she majored in broadcast journalism. She excelled in the program, and her professors knew she could have a promising career in the newsroom. Still plagued with fear and doubt, Paula refused to step in front of the camera.
A Preview of Her Refounder Story – Chapter 10: Reaping the Rewards
Born with the natural gifts and desire to enter broadcast journalism, gifted with the education to pursue her passion, the fear had nevertheless gotten the best of Paula at an early age. But when she had her own epiphany—watching the coverage of 9/11—she decided her life was worth refounding. She made a bold move, took an audacious step, and as a result, she enjoyed a successful career. But did she stop there? Hardly.
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Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris
An intimate look at how some of the world’s most influential people lean on faith and spirituality to guide them through the best and worst of times. Hosted by Paula Faris of ABC News and Good Morning America.
Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling
Called Out is a deeply personal book from Paula Faris, the beloved on-air reporter for ABC News and former co-host of The View. She shares her journey through conquering fears that nearly kept her from the high-profile, high-stakes world of broadcast journalism, and then the dangers when that world threatened to consume her. She burned out and faced public humiliation, physical breakdowns, and family struggles. But along the way, she heard God gently calling her out of that dangerous place. As she struggled to find who she was outside of what she did, she discovered her true purpose and true calling. Today, she is the host of ABC’s popular podcast Journeys of Faith.
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Wife. Mom. Jesus. Curious, question-asker, communicator, challenger, podcaster, author. Also: bacon. And, ranch dressing. Best-Selling Book: CALLED OUT