It was in August 2016, Faran packed whatever she could fit in her Toyota Camry, and traveled nearly 1,600 miles to “The Sun City.” On her second day at News Channel 9, she broke the story of former Notre Dame Irish football coach Lou Holtz, who was scheduled to visit the borderland and speak at Cathedral High School – a school where nearly half of its students commute everyday from Juarez, Mexico – amidst his controversial comments regarding immigrants. One week after her report, the high school rescinded Holtz’s invitation.
Faran signed on as a reporter for FOX28 News in November 2013. In 18-months, Faran was promoted to anchor the FOX28 News at 10, just 4-months after her promotion as the FOX28 Morning News Anchor.
In South Bend, Faran covered stories including:
- ESPN’s lawsuit against Notre Dame to make their campus police records public
- Indiana veterans affected by the practices of VA hospitals amid investigations
- South Bend’s non-profit “Heroes Camp,” bringing at-risk youth off the streets and onto the basketball courts
- Accompanied the oldest World War II veteran in the state of Indiana, on his journey to Washington D.C. with “Honor Flight Northeast Indiana”
Growing up in a “medical family,” Faran covered medical stories for her FOX28 weekly segment “Health Check,” where she interviewed Michiana doctors about the latest progress and innovations in the healthcare industry. Some of her stories include the latest in Prostate Cancer research, technological advances in hearing aids, and the latest cardiology studies involving children and energy drinks.
As the Morning Anchor for FOX28, Faran created and branded “FOX28 Fashion Fridays,” with stylist Danny Reynolds, covering all things fashion including the latest trends, beauty tips, reviews of celebrity styles at the Oscars and Emmys, even how to pack for Spring Break.
Faran’s first reporting job was for WIFR (CBS) in Rockford, Illinois. While in “The Forest City,” she covered the campaign of Congressman Adam Kinzinger, the anniversary of a tornado that hit the small town of Caledonia, and some of the most infamous murder trials Rockford has ever seen.
Faran is a proud Purdue Boilermaker, graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Faran went on to North Central College, making school history as the first female “play-by-play” reporter for WONC 89.1FM, covering all things sports – mainly football, basketball, and baseball. She also was the first woman invited to co-host “From the Upper Deck”, a weekly sports/talk radio show – always notably hosted by men. Faran also produced and voiced commercials for WONC.
Faran has danced professionally in the NBA as a “Luvabull” for the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Rush Arena Football Team, and the Chicago Slaughter Indoor Football Team, coached by Steve McMichael, Bears 1985 Super Bowl Defensive Tackle. Faran was also the Captain of the Purdue Dance Team, helping the team win a 4th Place National Title in 2008.