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Aniya Faulcon

Aniya Faulcon is The Spark Host/Producer for WITF. She has a passion for shining a light on unique people, experiences, and perspectives within the community.

Previously she worked as the People and Social Trends Reporter/Video Anchor for LancasterOnline | LNPNews. During her time there, she created video packages, provided Facebook Live coverage at community events, and wrote data-driven stories with census data and feature stories on local leaders, non-profit organizations, events, and people with unique talents and experiences within Lancaster County.

Aniya also worked at WMAR ABC 2 News as a Sales Assistant and at the AFRO American Newspapers as an Executive Assistant and Media correspondent. Aniya interned at WEAA Gospel Grace 88.9 and worked at her alma mater’s radio station, WWPJ at Point Park University, where she gained skills and a passion for radio.

Aniya grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended the Baltimore School for the arts for high school with a concentration in acting. She continued to hone her skills and passion for storytelling and later graduated from Point Park University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Broadcast Reporting. Aniya is eager to continue her journey with storytelling in her role with WITF, as she aims to shed a light on real people and real stories within Pennsylvania in a variety of mediums.

Latest by Aniya Faulcon

The Spark discusses Traveling While Black exhibit at Shippensburg University

The Spark traveled to the Luhr’s Center at Shippensburg University on Tuesday, April 11 to talk about a Traveling While Black exhibit. The exhibit focuses on the restricted movement of black Americans in this country and the creation of safe spaces for them.

By Aniya Faulcon

Annville kidney donor climbs one of the world’s tallest mountains to encourage organ donation

Mandi Smith, Annville resident and kidney donor, and her transplant surgeon at UPMC, Dr. Vijay Menon, joined us on The Spark Tuesday to share her story and the importance of organ donation.

By Aniya Faulcon

UPMC discusses NICUs and how sound machines are making a difference for infants in Harrisburg

Michelle Loomis, major gift officer at UPMC Pinnacle, and April Benasich, co-founder and chief scientist for RAPT Ventures Inc. joined us on The Spark Wednesday to discuss NICU environments and how these sleep sound machines are making a difference for UPMC Harrisburg’s youngest patients.

By Aniya Faulcon

12 years after deadly Route 30 crash, Lancaster man shares his story of overcoming a 1% chance of survival

Ethan Poetic, Lancaster resident, miraculously survived life-threatening injuries that he received from a deadly car crash on Route 30. A little over 12 years later, Poetic joined us on The Spark to share how he recovered and thrived after an accident that doctors said, he had a 1% chance of surviving.

By Aniya Faulcon

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster continues to thrive after COVID-19, Inflation

On The Spark Wednesday, we heard the backstory of how this theatre came to be, how they continue to thrive amongst challenges and the story of an actress in several of their productions. Erika Wolf, chief operating and financial officer at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Dominic Lau, technical and scenic director at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre and Brynne Davidson, an actress in Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre productions joined us for this discussion.

By Aniya Faulcon

Women and people of color are underrepresented in STEM, Pennsylvania universities share how they are making a difference

Dr. Sue Mukherjee, chief student success officer and chief information officer at Cheney University, Dr. Bilita Mattes, executive director of STEM-UP Network at Harrisburg University Science and Technology, and Oluwatomilola Taiwo, medical biotechnology student at Harrisburg University joined us on The Spark Tuesday to discuss the importance of diversity in STEM fields and how local universities are working to support that.

By Aniya Faulcon

Camp Hill and Hershey students represent Pennsylvania in International STEM competition

Anshi Paul, Isaiah Houssou, and Timothy Ritter, CASEF board member and former fair director, joined us to discuss the students’ projects, stories and preparation for their upcoming international competition.

By Aniya Faulcon

Jeffrey Gabel plans to retire from Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater after 20 years, he discusses his career and story

Jeffrey Gabel, the founding executive director of Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theatre joined us on The Spark Tuesday to tell us about his story, career and its impact.

By Aniya Faulcon

Rasika School of Dance gets opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall and shares insight on the Indian dance culture

Rachita Nambiar, founder and artistic Director of the Rasika School of Dance, and Anoushka Nambiar, senior student and teaching assistant at The Rasika School of Dance, joined us on The Spark Tuesday to tell us about their school, how they received the opportunity of a lifetime to perform at Carnegie Hall and the challenges dancers face with different styles of dance.

By Aniya Faulcon

Nearly 2 million Pennsylvanians effected by SNAP emergency allotments ending, local organizations share resources

On The Spark Thursday, Shelley Peterson, Community Progress Council’s Director of Housing Education, and Amy Hill, Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, joined us to discuss the impact of SNAP emergency allotments ending and resources to help SNAP recipients during this transition.

By Aniya Faulcon