Refreshing Personality – Patricia Jaggernauth
by andrew chapados | Widely known as ‘Patricia J’, Patricia Jaggernauth has become a staple when it comes to connecting younger audiences to news, current events and charitable causes. Everyone and their mother in the GTA knows Patricia J, recognizing her either from Yahoo, CTV, MTV or Toronto’s CP24 where she is a Weather Specialist and Remote Reporter.
Her work with noble causes such as Arrive Alive Drive Sober has landed her on multiple national TV & radio public service announcements while concurrently finding time for her fashion company, PJ Glamgirl, which she launched by herself.
A talented writer, producer and on-air personality, her bio is ripe with know-how in a multitude of fields, showcasing her experience behind the scenes and as a host for over 10 years.
Despite her busy schedule, ONtheGO sat down with Patricia J to see what’s new in her world:
otg: You work in a high-traffic, high-intensity news setting; what is it about CP24 that has kept you around for over five years?
pj: CP24 is the channel that allows me to be me! I’m a happy-go-lucky, bubbly, high energy, positive spirit who loves to story tell with the weather and host our live breakfast shows. I work with a very supportive team who make our work environment fun and help make the newsroom feel like a second home.
otg: Your fashion/accessory line PJ Glamgirl has seen enough success to outlast a vast number of competitors; what inspired you to start this company?
pj: www.PJGLAMGIRL.com is my two-year-old business I started purely for my fans! Many are inspired by my fashion sense and always ask, “Where did you get that?” So I wanted to create a place where everyone can have access to my inspired looks! It’s another outlet that allows me to connect and engage with my fans.
otg: To date, what has been your favourite special presentation you’ve hosted?
pj: Without question, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade! Being an island girl (Guyanese/Jamaican) our coverage allows me to tap into my roots and share my Caribbean pride with ourviewers both on CP24 and CP24.com! Not to mention, I get to show off my moves and knowledge of the parade. Such an amazing experience.
otg: You’ve worked adamantly with anti-drunk driving campaigns, how did you get involved?
pj: I’ve been the National Spokesperson for Arrive Alive Drive Sober for over three years; the organization and I started a conversation via Twitter where I pitched my original lyrics and song titled “ARRIVE ALIVE” to the organization’s executive director who immediately shared her enthusiasm. I wanted to reach the younger generation, my fans, my supporters and help save lives. I want to use my platform and position in a positive and impactful way!
otg: Many of our readers are commuters; what do you think is the hardest thing about working in Toronto?
pj: Our city is thriving and growing at such a rapid pace, at times, it can be quite the hectic experience for commuters. They need to know: give yourselves extra time, pack your patience and make sure you have a full tummy before your commute because there’s nothing worse than being stuck in traffic and being hangry!
otg: TV ads, billboards, weather forecasts, hosting and the list goes on. What upcoming projects can our readers and Patricia J fans look forward to seeing you in?
pj: I’m currently working on some fun projects, but what would be the thrill in revealing them all now?! My fans and your readers should look forward to keeping it locked to CP24 and following me on my social media platforms. So much is just around the corner. All I can say is: stay tuned!
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