After spending most of her earlier years in Philadelphia and Camden County NJ, Aliya Faust set out to the D.C. Metropolitan area to attend the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in multi-platform journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park while minoring in Family Science. There, she was introduced to radio and discovered how to combine her community-fueled, digital entertainment & lifestyle interests so they’d circle back to the interest of the community.
First inspired by magazines including VIBE, JET, Cosmo, Time and Glamour, Aliya went on to work as a staff writer for Kontrol magazine and Examiner, a production assistant at ABC News, and has also contributed to VIBE magazine, Cosmopolitan for Latinas and more. She began her radio career as a promotions and digital assistant at Radio One – Philadelphia (Hot 107.9, 100.3 Old School, Praise 103.9) and later went on to work at Cumulus Media in New York City as the digital content manager for Radio 103.9, 95.5 WPLJ, NASH FM 94.7 and 77 WABC. In 2014, she founded gospelgoodies.com – a gospel entertainment and inspirational blog that later landed her a guest correspondent spot on “Inspire U” with Toya Beasley on Radio 103.9 NY.
Aliya was recently contracted as an online editor at Interactive One – Local (92Q Jams, Magic 95.9, Praise 106.1, WOLB 1010, Spirit 1400) and continues to manage gospelgoodies.com. She’s also the publicist to artists Yung Reno and Drew Smith “The DreamR.“
In all her doings, what she enjoys most is being able to actively engage her audience in her writing and accompanying skills. Her objective is to inform, innovate and inspire her community through her craft. Avid for community development, some of Aliya’s other work includes financial advising, mentoring youth and volunteering with the elderly.