West Chester’s Cat Janisko has achieved internet fame with Pennsylvania-themed videos she posts on TikTok as @PennsylvaniaJunkie, writes Eric Knopsnyder for the Tribune-Democrat.
Janisko has nearly a quarter of a million followers and 2.8 million likes on her videos.
“I do what feels good for me on this account,” she said. “I don’t get hung up on numbers. I don’t care. I want to talk about things that I love. If people follow along, that’s cool.”
Janisko grew up in western Pennsylvania, studied in the central portion of the state, and now lives in West Chester, in the eastern part of the Commonwealth. As a result, she sees stark contrasts across the three areas.
“They’re three different countries,” she said.
Explaining these differences in fun videos has drawn attention to her channel and made some of her videos go viral with several million views.
One of the most popular subjects is linguistics.
“The thing about Pennsylvania is there are so many quirky things that we either love or don’t love,” said Janisko. “We can all poke fun and have a good time. When I post about the things that I don’t love so much, you can relate.”
Read more about Cat Janisko in the Tribune-Democrat.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in August 2022.