TADA Talks with Petrina Gentile an award-winning automotive journalist who covers cars for the newspaper, online, and TV. She is one of the few women who cover cars in Canada. In her discussion with TADA Exec. Director Todd Bourgon, Petrina highlights the adaptability of the auto industry as well as the unique challenges and exciting opportunities our industry has in the very near future. 

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Petrina Gentile 

Award-winning automotive journalist who covers cars for the newspaper, online and TV

Petrina Gentile is an award-winning automotive journalist — one of the few women who cover cars in Canada. Petrina has been writing for The Globe and Mail’s Drive section since 2004. Besides auto reviews, she also interviews celebrities such as Theo Fleury, Mario Andretti, Patrick Dempsey, Clara Hughes and Ron MacLean about their cars. Petrina also covers the automotive beat for CTV NewsChannel on her bi-weekly segment called “Up to Speed” and reports regularly on CP24 and BNN TV. She produced 18 seasons of the national TV show Car/Business with Jeremy Cato and Michael Vaughan, which was broadcast weekly on CTV and BNN.

Before focusing on cars, Petrina was a news writer at CTV and a producer at BNN. She has also written several non-fiction books for kids, including Big Trucks, Big Wheels, Dirt Movers and The Ballet School. She has a Master of Journalism (MJ) from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours English: Rhetoric and Professional Writing and Applied Studies) from the University of Waterloo.

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