Early on in her career, Sonia Baghdady realized that to look and feel good she would need some sure-fire strategies that fit into her busy lifestyle. It helped, too, if they could be easy on the wallet.
“I found lots of shortcuts,” said Baghdady, an Emmy award-winning journalist and television personality, who has spent about 16 years in the news business. Up until December, she had spent 11 years as anchor for Connecticut’s WTNH News 8, and had hosted the channel’s lifestyle show “Connecticut Style.”
Whether it was finding discount designer wear or a quick cosmetics tip that could be done on the fly, she began to compile these savvy secrets and others. In 2010, the fruits of her labor were realized with the launch of StyleConfessions.com, which offered tips by experts on fashion, home decor, fitness and beauty, and advice and suggestions from the online community that followed the site.
“Why do any of these topics have to be … a secret,” she said. “We can help each other out.”
This week, Baghdady, who lives in Connecticut, gained a whole new platform to share her expertise. She will be one of a rotating cast of six health and wellness contributors on “VLC,” a new lifestyle talk show on Veria Living TV. Baghdady will field the news, and viewers’ questions, about topics including anti-aging, beauty and fashion.
There will be four segments, running at 11 and 11:45 a.m. and 3 and 3:45 p.m., at which to catch these experts.
“A lot of the same techniques apply,” she said of whether she is delivering the news or lifestyle tips. “It’s about communicating with the viewers and delivering information. But, I think the benefit here, and what I will particularly enjoy, is that we will be interacting with viewers a bit more.”
Viewers will be able to send in questions any time – during the segment or otherwise – using social media, Skype and the telephone. Baghdady primarily will be featured on Mondays.
“It’s so interesting how things work out,” said Baghdady, who is a 1997 Fairfield University graduate. “You go through an evolution or transformation … to find out where your passions lie.”
She said she realized about a year ago that she was ready for a shift in her career, which had begun at a News 12 affiliate in Long Island, N.Y. in the late 1990s. She continued at WWLP in Springfield, Mass. before coming to WTNH.
“I didn’t know how I would get there or where I would land, but I knew in my head, this is where I wanted to be,” she said.
After she left WTNH, Baghdady said she expected to take some time to transition from the life she knew to the life she wanted. She didn’t expect it would happen so quickly.
“It just all worked out,” she said.
The Veria Living network, which showcases original wellness programs, is available on Cablevision/Optimum’s Channel 164, DISH Network’s Channel 218 and Verizon FiOS’ Channel 162. There also is a live stream on the channel’s Living Go app. And, you can see the shows and schedule on the channel’s website. (See a preview of VLC below, as well as a quick intro of Baghdady.)
Baghdady said she has had a warm welcome at Veria and is looking forward to her next assignment.
“It’s exciting, refreshing and a little scary,” she said. “With anything new, there’s always a little anxiety .. but it is good anxiety.
“I’m very excited about it. I’m always up for new projects and opportunities,” she added. “This was the perfect thing at the right time.”