Julia Agos, All Things Considered Host/Reporter

Julia Agos is a reporter and the host of All Things Considered for WITF. Previously, she was a political reporter for WFUV News in New York, where she covered New York City and state politics and hosted the Prickly Politics Podcast. Julia grew up in Sacramento, California and graduated from Fordham University.

Latest by Julia Agos

Background checks for gun purchases fall after three quarters of record requests

The surge peaked in the first quarter of 2021 when 427,450 used the Pennsylvania Instant Check System or PICS. The system, established in 1998, is used by sheriffs, chiefs of police, and firearm dealers to determine if a person can purchase or carry a firearm.

By Julia Agos

Updated: October 1, 2021 | 5:00 pm

Midstate moms launch write-in bids for school board in Lancaster County

Just over a week ago, Keely Childers Heany, Heidi Moser, Sarah Dickey and Laura Shenk launched a campaign in response to what they view as unruly conduct at school board meetings.

By Julia Agos

Demonstrators rally at state Capitol for Pennsylvania’s first March for Life

Anti-abortion activists at the state Capitol Monday decried efforts to increase government funding for abortions and called on the General Assembly to pass the Down Syndrome abortion ban and to regulate the disposal of fetal remains. 

By Julia Agos

‘Squash it, smash it … just get rid of it’: Spotted lanternfly continues to spread in Pa.

Julie Urban with Penn State’s Department of Entomology said they are more noticeable right now because they are in their “teenage phase.” She said that means they are feeding a lot and ready to reproduce.

By Julia Agos

Berks County DA asks public for help amid spike in overdoses

Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams said there have been an “astronomical” number of recent overdoses in West Reading Borough and the City of Reading. He issued a health alert Monday in response to the spike.

By Julia Agos

‘One enormous conspiracy theory’: Federal judge orders attorneys who pushed election fraud lie to pay sanctions to Pa. and other defendants.

A federal judge is determining the cost of sanctions for two attorneys ​whose lawsuit contained baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed the motion in May ​to recover legal fees from Gary Fielder and Ernest Walker.

By Julia Agos

How Flight 93 flight attendant Lorraine Bay’s family is working to keep her memory alive

On Sept. 11, 2001, Bay was winding down her 37-year career as a flight attendant when she boarded United Flight 93.

By Julia Agos and Tim Lambert

Educating a post-9/11 generation: The effort to keep the story alive

Friends and family members of those impacted by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are working to find ways to tell Flight 93’s story to the next generation.

By Julia Agos

GOP leaders set to review 2020 election, though Pa. results are not in question. How did we get here?

Senate President Jake Corman says he’s in search of ‘flaws in the system’ and not a recount. Yet he says he’s talked to former President Donald Trump — who still is pushing his election-fraud lie — and says Trump is ‘comfortable’ with the Pa. effort.

By Julia Agos

‘We put so much into that country’: Midstate veterans react to fall of Afghan government

Over the past few days, many have been reaching out to colleagues and sharing posts on social media. WITF’s Julia Agos talked to two men who were stationed in Afghanistan about how they’re reflecting on their service and now the collapse of the Afghan military they helped train.

By Julia Agos