Entertainment TV Raven-Symoné Named Co-Host of 'The View' By Lanford Beard Lanford Beard Lanford Beard has been with PEOPLE since 2015. In addition to serving as the Senior Digital TV Editor, she has edited for Lifestyle and News verticals across the site. Lanford previously worked at Entertainment Weekly, NBC News and Ralph Lauren, to name a few. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and a Master's of Science degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 10, 2015 11:05 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Raven-Symoné. Photo: Fred Lee/ABC/Getty It’s official: Raven-Symoné is now a permanent co-host on The View. Moderator Whoopi Goldberg officially announced on Wednesday’s show that the former Cosby Show star, who has served as a guest co-host 37 times, will join her, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez on the panel effective immediately. In a statement released by ABC, Raven-Symoné, called the appointment “another one of my dreams come true!” After the announcement at the top of the hour, the new co-host, 29, proudly shared with the audience: “I remember coming to show with the Cheetah Girls when I was 15,” and said, “I’m very happy to be sitting with these smart, talented mentors.” After that she presented some tasty gifts – bacon and sweets for several of the panelists and potato chips and watermelon for Goldberg, 59. She continued, “Being a part of The View family will be a wonderful growing experience for me. The cast and crew are warm and welcoming and have made the transition into daytime talk easier. I have a lot to learn within this new arena, but being the apprentice of these spectacular women will only make me a better person and talk show host.” Former moderator Barbara Walters, who remains an executive producer on the show, added, “Raven-Symoné is a welcome addition to The View. She is happy, amusing and well-informed, and has already brought a unique perspective to the program that has resonated with our audience.” The View airs weekdays (11 a.m. ET) on ABC.