Neeraj Khemlani is president and group head of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, the operating group responsible for Hearst’s interests in cable television networks, including ESPN and the A+E Networks (A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, FYI and its investment in Vice Media); digital video entertainment companies, including co-investments with Verizon in AwesomenessTV and Complex Networks; television production studios, including NorthSouth Productions; and comic strip newspaper syndication and merchandise licensing. He serves on the boards of A+E Networks, AwesomenessTV and Complex Networks and is a senior vice president of Hearst. He joined Hearst in 2009 after serving as a senior executive at Yahoo! News since 2006. Prior to that, Khemlani was a producer at the CBS News60 Minutes television news magazine, where he is responsible for researching, reporting and writing stories with various CBS News correspondents. Before joining CBS News in 1998, Mr. Khemlani was an associate producer for ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings and also produced pieces with Robert Krulwich for Nightline as well as Good Morning America. He is a term member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He graduated with a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a 1992 undergraduate degree from Cornell University. He is married to Heather Cabot, an anchor and correspondent for ABC News. Mr. Khemlani is of Indian heritage, born in Singapore and raised in New York.
He has been responsible for landing many exclusive interviews and stories around the world. A few years ago, he convinced Libya’s leader, Col. Qaddafi, to do a comprehensive interview with Charlie Rose. Mr. Khemlani also convinced the Russian government to show CBS News some of its most private nuclear facilities, including a secret city built inside a mountain in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. It is there where the Russians explained to CBS News that they could no longer pay the salaries of the starving scientists and soldiers who live there and guard the site’s growing stockpile of plutonium.
He has also done stories on numerous conflicts, including the Afghan war, the Sudanese civil war, America’s secret war against the Cali and Medellindrug cartels, the Bosnian tragedy and the invasion of Haiti.