Armon Owlia

Armon Owlia

Class of 2023

Armon Owlia is a Persian-American journalist, podcaster, and activist. He is the creator, producer, and host of both the YouTube series, “For The Community,” and the podcast, “The Aut Cast.” Both projects, which exists under the collective FTC umbrella, covers neurodiversity rights, a cause close to Owlia’s heart.

Despite being born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Owlia’s broad global experiences, including his Persian ancestry and being raised in Hong Kong, gave him an international perspective that Owlia frequently incorporates into his journalism and personal views. Owlia has contributed pieces to The Triangle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Mercury News.

Owlia received a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Drexel University in 2020, and, in his spare time, pushes himself to try to become a master of his craft, no matter the medium.

In 2022, Owlia announced the creation of “The Pen Is The Sword Productions,” with the focus on bringing the truth to the public through journalism and the creative arts. The first project under the Pen Is the Sword banner will be Owlia’s master’s thesis, “Armon Across America,” due for release in 2023.

Owlia is a die-hard sports fan, supporting the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, Golden State Warriors, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco Giants, UConn Huskies, Drexel Dragons, FC Barcelona, and California Golden Bears. He is also a fan of science fiction, professional wrestling, films, music, and trivia.

For The Community | YouTube

The Aut Cast | Apple Podcasts

FTC – Autism Acceptance and Awareness

EDUCATION

  • UC Berkeley: Master's in Journalism (M.J.) – 2021-2023

  • Drexel University: Bachelor's (B.A.) in Communications, Journalism Concentration – 2016-2020

EMPLOYERS

  • Investigative Reporting Program/KQED/California Reporting Project – Intern (2022)

  • Creator, Producer, Host, and Editor-In-Chief – For The Community/The Aut Cast/Community Voices (2021 - present)

  • Video Freelancer (2014-Present)

  • Marketing Communications Assistant – Connell (2017)

  • Creative Services Intern – Philadelphia Magazine (2019)

REPORTING INTERESTS

Mental health issues, Neurodiversity rights, Politics, Sports Journalism