Pooja Handa is an award winning broadcaster who most people recognize as the co-host of Toronto’s #1 morning show, CP24 Breakfast. Torontonians have come to know Pooja as one of the familiar faces greeting them every morning helping them start their day with a smile. She started in 2008 at CP24 as a News Anchor and Reporter and has covered everything from politics to entertainment. She is a born storyteller, who uses her wit and humour to engage viewers.
Pooja has hosted many prominent Toronto events including the annual Toronto International Film Festival, Pride Parade, Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival, Toronto Raptors Championship Parade, Canada’s Walk of Fame and many more. She also makes regular appearances on CTV’s The Social and The Marilyn Dennis Show.
Before joining CP24, Pooja worked as a traffic reporter and entertainment host for Global Morning News in Toronto, where she created and hosted a unique entertainment segment called the PH FACTOR (Pooja Handa Factor). In total, Pooja has been in the business for almost 20 years.
Pooja’s love of performing started at a young age winning several awards in public speaking before she attended an Arts focused High School. After graduating, Pooja was accepted into The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York city. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from York University and a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from Seneca College.
What many people don’t know is that Pooja worked 3 jobs to put herself through college and university and was still working retail after she landed her first job on television. Through hard work and determination, Pooja was able to build a successful career in Television and often shares her story of how she was able to achieve her goals despite not having the financial means growing up. She credits her parents, who immigrated to Canada from India in the 1970’s for teaching her the value of a dollar and not letting any barriers stand in her way when going after her dreams.
As a first generation South Asian Canadian, Pooja has been an active member in her community and continues to give back as much as she can. She has worked with several charities hosting and attending events. She also continues to mentor aspiring broadcasters in their career paths.
When Pooja is not working, you may find her at a Toronto Raptors or Toronto Maple Leafs game. She has been vegetarian for over 20 years and loves testing new recipes on her carnivore husband. She also loves travelling and entertaining in her spare time.