Raj Mathai

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Raj Mathai
Born (1971-03-28) March 28, 1971 (age 44)
Alma mater San Diego State University[1]
Occupation American television journalist
Employer Channel 11, NBC Bay Area
Spouse(s) Sonia Mathai[2]
Children Maxx Mathai

Raj Mathai is an American television journalist. He is the primary news anchor at NBC owned KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area.[3]

Career[edit]

Mathai anchors the 5pm, 6pm and 11pm newscasts for NBC Bay Area KNTV.[4] He anchors the nightly newscasts for KNTV as well as hosts the series The Interview.[5] The series sets Mathai with newsmakers such as California Attorney General Kamala Harris,[6] California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom,[7] and General Colin Powell.[8] In 2013, Mathai conducted exclusive interviews with John McAfee about his life and his legal troubles including the death and suspected murder of American expatriate Gregory Viant Faull in Belize.[9]

Mathai led the KNTV coverage of the 2013 Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport. He was on the air for seven consecutive hours and was the first journalist to interview a survivor of the crash.[10]

Prior to his News career, Mathai was a sportscaster for NBC Bay Area (1998-2010).[11] In 1995 he became the first Indian sportscaster for a network affiliate in the United States when he began sportscasting for KYMA.[12] He worked for NBC affiliates KNSD in San Diego, California, KYMA in Yuma, Arizona, and KSEE in Fresno, California before arriving at KNTV in 1998.[11] He has reported on-location from the Olympics from London, Vancouver, Turin, Athens, and Salt Lake City.[1] He was also an Olympic torch bearer in 1996, 2002, and 2008.[3] Mathai co-hosted Sports Sunday[11] along with Jerry Rice, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jeff Garcia and Ken Norton, Jr.[13][14] He was formerly part of the NBC broadcast team for the San Francisco Giants along with Jon Miller and Mike Krukow.[2]

Awards[edit]

Mathai is a five-time Emmy Award winner,[3] including regional Emmys for "Breaking News" in 2013 for KNTV's coverage of the Asiana Airlines crash and Outstanding Cultural Program in 2012 for his coverage of the London Olympics.[15] He also won regional Emmys for sports coverage in 1998, 2002 and 2011.[11]

Personal[edit]

Mathai was born in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. He lived in Mumbai until age 7 when he moved Palo Alto, California.[12] He comes from a family of journalists and writers including his father TJ Mathew who ran magazines in India in the 1970s and his uncle T. J. S. George who founded Asiaweek.[16]

Mathai is the cousin of best-selling authors Abraham Verghese and Jeet Thayil. He is also the nephew of Thomas Kailath, noted Stanford Professor.[16]

Mathai attended Los Altos High School[12] and San Diego State University where he graduated with a degree in journalism and political science in 1993. Prior to his career as a broadcaster, Mathai was a public relations assistant with the San Diego Chargers.[17] He was also part of the Super Bowl staff for the National Football League in 1993 and 1994.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Malhotra, Jawahar (21 February 2013). "Desis Fill In San Francisco’s TV News Channels". Indo American News. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Souri, Ranjit (2 July 2009). "In The Dugout and On The Air". India Currents. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Raj Mathai Is A Four Time Emmy Winner Who Has Traveled The World For NBC Bay Area". NBC Bay Area (KNTV). Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Okanes, Jonathan (19 April 2011). "NBC Bay Area To Use CSNBA To Provide Content On Nightly Sports Segments". The Oakland Tribune (HighBeam). Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Interview With Raj Mathai". NBC Bay Area (KNTV). Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Raj Mathai & Kamala Harris (3 December 2012). The Interview: California Attorney General Kamala Harris (Television). NBC Bay Area (KNTV). 
  7. ^ Raj Mathai & Gavin Newsom (8 June 2012). The Interview: Gavin Newsom (Television). NBC Bay Area (KNTV). 
  8. ^ Raj Mathai &Colin Powell (31 August 2013). The Interview: General Colin Powell (Television). NBC Bay Area (KNTV). 
  9. ^ Raj Mathai & John McAfee (29 January 2013). Video: John McAfee Opens Up To NBC’s Raj Mathai (Television). SFist. 
  10. ^ Benjamin Levy, Jon Schuppe, & Raj Mathai (31 July 2013). Flight 214 Survivor Describes Normal Flight That Went Suddenly Wrong (Television News). San Francisco, California: NBC. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Meet Raj Mathai, Bay Area NBC’s Spots Director". Blog Talk Radio. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c Cowan, Marlene (24 April 2013). "Raj Mathai: LAHS Grad Shares Secrets To TV Success In LA Rotary Club Talk". Los Angeles Town Crier. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Ryan, John (7 September 2006). "Amping Up Coverage". San Jose Mercury News (HighBeam). Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Staff Report (11 October 2009). "Airwaves: Mathai An Ideal Host For Postgame Show". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "NBC Bay Area Leads The Winners At The 42nd Annual Northern CA Emmy Awards". NBC Universal. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Vivek (29 November 2009). "Raj Matha – USA’s First Indian Sportscaster Talks About…Well Sports & Some More!". Indian Entertainment. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  17. ^ Del Grande, Dave (6 November 2007). "Mathai Getting Ready For Giant Change". The Oakland Tribune (HighBeam). Retrieved 6 August 2013. 

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