Paula Faris to launch podcast on faith for ABC News

Paula Faris recently served as one of the co-hosts on ABC’s “The View.” Now she’s about to examine a different kind of perspective.

The ABC News journalist will launch a new podcast, “Journeys of Faith,” during which she will interview influential people and talk to them about how they’ve used faith and spirituality at crucial moments in their lives. The first three episodes will be released Wednesday, November 14 and feature interviews with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts; country-music artists Luke Bryan and Hillary Scott; and political commentator Ben Shapiro. Other first-season guests who have been slated include Kellyanne Conway, Tim Tebow, Reza Aslan, Sam Harris, Marla Maples, Sherri Shepherd and Melissa Joan Hart.

“My faith is my rock and foundation. It’s been the glue of my marriage when I wanted to walk, it’s grounded me in triumph, and carried me through tragedy. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it, and I know there are so many who feel the same way,” Faris said via an email exchange. She added: “In covering news and sports the better part of 25 years, I know firsthand we just don’t talk to our interviewees about their faith. Tell us about your latest project. Tell us about that controversial statement you made. Tell us about that game-winning catch. But, just don’t tell us about God, Allah or Jesus, etc. There’s no mainstream media platform that’s giving people the platform and opportunity to talk about what they believe and why they believe it. That is, until now.”

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GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Florence and the Machine performs live from Central Park on 'Good Morning America,' as part of the GMA Summer Concert series on Friday, June 29, 2018 airing on the ABC Television Network. GMA18 (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) GINGER ZEE, PAULA FARIS, LARA SPENCER
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - 5/18/18 ABC News special coverage of the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle features an extended edition of Good Morning America on Saturday, May 19, 2018 (5:00 10:00 a.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. ((Hazel Thompson/ABC via Getty Images)) PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Tamar Braxton is the guest co-host and Congressman Joe Kennedy is the guest today, Friday, 2/23/18 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, PAULA FARIS, SUNNY HOSTIN, JOE KENNEDY, MEGHAN MCCAIN
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Coverage of 'Good Morning America,' Tuesday, February 6, 2018, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Catherine Zeta-Jones is the guest today, Friday, January 19, 2018 on ABC's 'the View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) YVETTE NICOLE BROWN, PAULA FARIS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Singer Camila Cabello is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' Friday, January 12, 2018 airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, PAULA FARIS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS
THE VIEW - Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci hosts Guy-Day Friday Friday, 9/22/17 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, SARA HAINES, MARIO CANTONE, ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI, SUNNY HOSTIN, PAULA FARIS
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07: Paula Faris and Billy Costa attend the Ellie Fund's 5 for Ellie Spring Fashion Show at the Fairmont Copley Plaza on June 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Proceeds from the 5 for Ellie benefit the Ellie Funds mission to provide essential support services for breast cancer patients and families across Massachusetts and was attended by more than 350 guests. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Ellie Fund & Slater Foundation)
THE VIEW - Today's guest include actor Jussie Smollett and Conservative Commentator Tomi Lahren on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Caitlyn Jenner guest co-hosts and Mischa Barton is the guest today, Friday, July 14, 2017 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) PAULA FARIS, CAITLYN JENNER
THE VIEW - Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Beals are guests Friday, March 3, 2017 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, JENNIFER LOPEZ, SARA HAINES, PAULA FARIS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Ryan Seacrest previews 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest' on 'Good Morning America,' 12/30/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) PAULA FARIS, DAN HARRIS, RYAN SEACREST, SARA HAINES
THE VIEW - 'The View's' Eighth Annual Mutt Show airs Friday, July 1 2016 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) SARA HAINES, PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Christopher Darden visits 'THE VIEW,' 6/23/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) SUNNY HOSTIN, JOY BEHAR, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, SARA HAINES, CHRISTOPHER DARDEN, PAULA FARIS
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The first season of ‘Journeys of Faith’ will feature ten episodes, posting every Wednesday. Episodes will be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Spotify, Stitcher and the ABC News app.  ABC News has in recent months placed new emphasis on podcasting, which has gained new interest from a variety of media companies as consumers flock to the format. Pew Research found in July that 44% of Americans ages 12 and older said they have ever listened to a podcast, according to Edison Research and Triton Digital survey data, while 26% said they have listened to a podcast in the past month, compared with just 9% in 2008.

ABC News in late March launched a podcast called “Start Here,” a twenty-minute session hosted by Brad Mielke that taps ABC News personnel to offer insight on events shaping the world. The Disney-owned news outlet has experimented with new kinds of digital audio for a few years,  launching an ABC News audio channel on the ABC News app about three years ago.

Faris in July said she would leave her roles on “The View” and a co-anchor on the weekend edition of “Good Morning America” to focus on doing stories of greater consequence.  “This is a passion project of mine so I’m incredibly involved in the process,” she said. “It’s a new venture and the team helping put this together has been incredible – we’re all learning together and committed to its success.”

Booking guests for the venture has been easy, she added. “I’m finding there’s a real hunger to talk about one’s personal faith.”

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City throughout history
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Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 15, 2017 REUTERS/Ammar Awad TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Christian worshippers surround the Edicule as they take part in a Sunday Easter mass procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Christian worshippers take part in a Sunday Easter mass procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Christian worshippers surround the Edicule as they take part in a Sunday Easter mass procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Visitors stand in line in front of a replica of the Aedicule of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre at the New Jerusalem Orthodox Monastery near the town of Istra, some 70 km outside Moscow on October 21, 2017. The New Jerusalem Orthodox Monastery was built by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1656 to represent the Christian Holy sites of Jerusalem. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors stand in line in front of a replica of the Aedicule of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre at the New Jerusalem Orthodox Monastery near the town of Istra, some 70 km outside Moscow on October 21, 2017. The New Jerusalem Orthodox Monastery was built by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1656 to represent the Christian Holy sites of Jerusalem. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors queue in front of a replica of the Aedicule of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre at the New Jerusalem Orthodox Monastery near the town of Istra, some 70 km outside Moscow, on October 21, 2017. The New Jerusalem Orthodox Monastery was built by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1656 to represent the Christian Holly sites of Jerusalem. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM - NOVEMBER 13 : Christians visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on November 13, 2017. Jerusalem has for decades been a flashpoint for global tensions as the nexus of three of the world's oldest religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. (Photo by Orhan Akkanat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Christian worshippers kiss the door at the entrance of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem on September 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
Christian Orthodox worshippers hold candles during the ceremony of the 'Holy Fire' as thousands gather in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, on April 15, 2017, during Orthodox Easter ceremonies. The ceremony celebrated in the same way for eleven centuries, is marked by the appearance of 'sacred fire' in the two cavities on either side of the Holy Sepulchre. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem, Israel, illustration from L'Illustration, Journal Universel, No 527, Volume XXI, April 2, 1853.
Roman Catholic clergy pray during the Easter Sunday procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalems Old City on April 16, 2017. Thousands of Christians marked Jesus's resurrection on Easter Sunday at the Jerusalem site where they believe the miracle occurred, with some prostrating themselves over his tomb and leaving in tears. / AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Christian Orthodox worshippers hold candles during the ceremony of the 'Holy Fire' as thousands gather in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, on April 15, 2017, during the Orthodox Easter holy week. The ceremony celebrated in the same way for eleven centuries, is marked by the appearance of 'sacred fire' in the two cavities on either side of the Holy Sepulchre. / AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Christian Orthodox worshippers hold up candles during the ceremony of the 'Holy Fire' as thousands gather in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, on April 15, 2017, during Orthodox Easter ceremonies. The ceremony celebrated in the same way for eleven centuries, is marked by the appearance of 'sacred fire' in the two cavities on either side of the Holy Sepulchre. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - APRIL 14, 2017: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Sergei Fadeichev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Fadeichev\TASS via Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - APRIL 14, 2017: Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (L front), at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; a delegation of Russia's St Andrew The First-Called Foundation has arrived in Israel on a mission to bring the Holy Fire to Moscow, as Orthodox Christians prepare to celebrate Easter. Sergei Fadeichev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Fadeichev\TASS via Getty Images)
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also called the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, or the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians, is a church within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. The site is venerated as Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary), where Jesus was crucified, and is said also to contain the place where Jesus was buried (the Sepulchre). The church has been a paramount for many Christians the most important pilgrimage destination, as the purported site of t (Photo by Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images)
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also called the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, or the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians, is a church within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. The site is venerated as Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary), where Jesus was crucified, and is said also to contain the place where Jesus was buried (the Sepulchre). The church has been a paramount for many Christians the most important pilgrimage destination, as the purported site of t (Photo by Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images)
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also called the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, or the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians, is a church within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. The site is venerated as Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary), where Jesus was crucified, and is said also to contain the place where Jesus was buried (the Sepulchre). The church has been a paramount for many Christians the most important pilgrimage destination, as the purported site of t (Photo by Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images)
Priests hold a Palm Sunday celebration at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. (Photo by Antoine GYORI/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Eingeschr�kte Rechte f�r bestimmte redaktionelle Kunden in Deutschland. Limited rights for specific editorial clients in Germany.) Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, photographer: Elsa Brunsch (Photo by ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Photograph of a British Military group in Jerusalem in the courtyard of the Holy Sepulchre Church during the mandate of Palestine. Dated 1920. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
An exterior view of the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre which was originally built by Helena, in 336 AD. Several religious groups worship in the buildings, among them Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Syrian, Coptic, Armenian and Abssinian. (Photo by David Lees/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
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The podcast has conjured up memories from her past. “I’m going back to my college radio days, so it’s been a treat. I’ve long maintained that TV can be cumbersome to produce – it’s a lot of effort from many, for a few moments on screen,” she said. ” In the audio space, especially in the podcast format, there’s something so intimate about the medium and the conversations you’re able to have. Come as you are, don’t worry about your exterior. We’re talking about the interior: matters of your heart and mind.”

She is eager to speak to people of different beliefs. “We’ll speak with those practicing Christianity, Orthodox Judaism, Islam and Atheism,” she said, adding: “This podcast is an opportunity to listen and learn from one another – respecting that faith is the core and foundation for so many, yet no two faith journeys look alike. I hope listeners will also be encouraged and inspired by the stories.”

Faris wants listeners  “to feel like they’re a fly on the wall and right there in the room with us.” Subsequent episodes will be released on Wednesdays. The first season will feature ten.

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