Torontonians have come to know award winning broadcaster, Pooja Handa, as one of the familiar faces greeting them every morning to help start their day with a smile. She has spent almost 20 years working on air in television as a News Anchor, Reporter and TV Host covering everything from politics to entertainment, as well as contributing to major events taking place in Toronto. She has hosted broadcasts for the annual Pride Parade, Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade and has reported from the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Before joining the Pooja and Gurdeep Show on 98.1 CHFI, Pooja worked as a Morning Show Host on CP24 Breakfast and also made regular appearances on CTV’s The Social and Marilyn Dennis Show. Her career in television started as a Traffic Reporter and Entertainment Host for Global Morning News in Toronto in 2003.
Pooja’s love of performing started at a young age. At 18yrs old she auditioned and was accepted into The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, before moving back to Toronto to pursue her career in broadcasting. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from York University and a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from Seneca College.
As a second generation South Asian Canadian, Pooja has been very active in her community and has made giving back a priority. She has worked with several charities and continues to mentor young women in their career paths. Pooja has used her platform to help normalize infertility after sharing her own personal struggles with starting a family. When Pooja is not working, you may find her at a Raptors or Leafs game. She loves trying out new recipes, traveling and entertaining in her spare time. Pooja lives with her husband Paul and 2 children in Toronto.
You can also watch Pooja regularly on Breakfast Television Toronto, CityLine and TSC.