She is a television correspondent for ABC News. She has co-anchored the overnight news programs World News Now and America This Morning on ABC with Rob Nelson. She is a graduate of Cedarville University with a degree in broadcasting. She is married with three children and attends Hillsong Church in New York.
As a high school student, she was unsure of what she wanted to do with her life until her high school drama teacher encouraged her to study broadcasting in college. She did that and soon found peace from God regarding her direction in life when He opened up the door for her at ABC News. As a Christian, she says there are tests in the news business. “I feel some of the choices that are made in terms of editorial [content] — I’m not going to do anything that compromises my beliefs and I’ll stand up for that. It’s also a challenge because people expect that because I’m a Christian I’m going to do all these faith-based stories, but at the same time, I feel I’m there to influence and to pitch stories.”
She says her church, Hillsong Church in New York, helps to equip her for those long, tough news days. She said, “We try to be involved, but it’s hard with such a frenetic and spontaneous schedule. But we’re there every week — faithful members. Our kids are involved in the kids’ ministry there. We’re at church every Sunday and we stay in contact with fellow believers throughout the week, just encouraging each other throughout the week.”
She chooses to let her light shine for Jesus through her work. She said, “People know that there is something different about me. I think most people know that I’m a Christian. I’ve had some great opportunities to share the love of Christ with people but I think if I’m not first and foremost showing Christ’s love, it doesn’t matter if I wear a bracelet or wear a T-shirt.”
Her name is Paula Faris.
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