Nneka Elliott, Anchor Traffic/Weather, CP24, Toronto.

As a child, Nneka Elliott remembers teaming up with her big brother to invent make believe talk radio programs and record them for an imaginary audience. Nneka was a triple threat – playing the parts of both host and guests, and voicing the pretend commercial breaks.

Nneka was born in Quebec, but her formative years were spent living in the Caribbean on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She dabbled in professional radio as a weekend co-host at St. Vincent’s HITZ FM. It was that little taste of broadcasting that brought Nneka back to Canada, and through the doors of Ryerson University in Toronto.

The 2006 graduate of Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts program recalls her student life as a positive one. Her sharp focus on success led to a summer internship-turned-reporter position at Toronto’s CFRB 1010. By Nneka’s final year in school, she landed a gig as an anchor at the popular radio station.

Nneka’s professional journey continued on an upward spiral. She went on to work as a Weather Broadcaster at The Weather Network, and is currently a CP24 TV anchor. Her ability and sheer talent have quickly elevated her from being known simply as the fresh-faced weather girl to a storyteller and public speaker one can trust.

Nneka respects organizations like the Canadian Association of Black Journalists. She recognizes the slim representation of Blacks in higher-level media positions and hopes that with further development of the CABJ young minority journalists may be encouraged to set high goals and practice persistence.

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