Pooja Handa has been a CP24 Anchor since 2008 and in April 2011 she became the Co-Host of CP24 BREAKFAST weekends.
With CP24, Handa has covered everything from politics to entertainment, including the annual Toronto International Film Festival. In 2011, she was part of CP24’s 40th Anniversary coverage of the JUNO AWARDS held in Toronto. She followed the election trail for the 2008 and 2011 Federal Elections and the 2010 Toronto municipal election. Also in 2010, she covered the dramatic rescue of 33 Chilean Miners who were trapped underground for more than two months in Chile and was part of CP24’s coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter from Toronto.
Handa has also steered Torontonians through tragic stories including reporting live on scene moments after the 2008 Sunrise Propane Explosion rocked Toronto and she was in the anchor chair for the devastating disappearance and murder of eight year-old Tori Stafford of Woodstock, Ontario in 2009.
Before joining CP24, Pooja worked at Global Television 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).
Handa graduated from Cawthra Park Secondary School, an arts-focused high school in Mississauga majoring in drama. Handa later moved to New York City to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before returning to the GTA to pursue a career in broadcasting. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's Studies at York University and a diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Seneca College.
Handa is passionate about charity work and helping others. Born and raised in the GTA, Handa makes it a priority to give back to the community, and continues to be active in the South Asian Community. She also works closely with Halton Industry Education Council mentoring young girls in their career paths.