Raj Mathai
Get Raj Mathai essential facts below. View Videos or join the Raj Mathai discussion. Add Raj Mathai to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Raj Mathai

Raj Mathai
BornMarch 28, 1971
Alma materSan Diego State University[1]
OccupationAmerican television journalist
EmployerChannel 11, NBC Bay Area

Raj Mathai is an American television journalist. He is the primary news anchor at NBC-owned KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area.[2]


Mathai anchors the 5pm, 6pm and 11pm newscasts for NBC Bay Area KNTV[3] and hosts the series The Interview.[4] The series sets Mathai with newsmakers such as U.S. Senator Kamala Harris,[5]California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom,[6] and General Colin Powell.[7] 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.[8]

Mathai field anchors KNTV's breaking news and big event coverage including the 2017 Inauguration of Donald Trump, the San Jose floods, the Las Vegas massacre and the 2016 San Bernardino shootings. He led KNTV's 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.[9] Mathai is also a moderator for the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

Prior to his News career, Mathai was a sportscaster for NBC Bay Area (1998-2010).[10] In 1995 he became the first Indian sportscaster for a network affiliate in the United States when he began at KYMA.[11] He worked for NBC affiliates KNSD in San Diego, KYMA in Yuma, AZ, and KSEE in Fresno, CA before arriving at KNTV in 1998.[10] 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.[2] Mathai co-hosted Sports Sunday[10] along with Jerry Rice, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jeff Garcia and Ken Norton, Jr.[12][13] He was formerly part of the NBC broadcast team for the San Francisco Giants along with Jon Miller and Mike Krukow.[14]


Mathai is an 11-time Emmy Award winner,[2] including regional Emmys for "Best On-Camera Talent" in 2016 and 2015, "Breaking News" in 2016 and 2013 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.[10]


Mathai was born in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. He lived in Mumbai, until age 7 when he moved Palo Alto, California.[11] 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[11] 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.


  1. ^ a b Malhotra, Jawahar (21 February 2013). "Desis Fill In San Francisco's TV News Channels". Indo American News. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ 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 2013.
  3. ^ Okanes, Jonathan (19 April 2011). "NBC Bay Area To Use CSNBA To Provide Content On Nightly Sports Segments". The Oakland Tribune. HighBeam. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "The Interview With Raj Mathai". NBC Bay Area (KNTV). Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ Raj Mathai & Kamala Harris (3 December 2012). The Interview: California Attorney General Kamala Harris (Television). NBC Bay Area (KNTV).
  6. ^ Raj Mathai & Gavin Newsom (8 June 2012). The Interview: Gavin Newsom (Television). NBC Bay Area (KNTV).
  7. ^ Raj Mathai &Colin Powell (31 August 2013). The Interview: General Colin Powell (Television). NBC Bay Area (KNTV).
  8. ^ Raj Mathai & John McAfee (29 January 2013). Video: John McAfee Opens Up To NBC's Raj Mathai (Television). SFist. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ a b c d "Meet Raj Mathai, Bay Area NBC's Spots Director". Blog Talk Radio. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ 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 2013.
  12. ^ Ryan, John (7 September 2006). "Amping Up Coverage". San Jose Mercury News. HighBeam. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ Staff Report (11 October 2009). "Airwaves: Mathai An Ideal Host For Postgame Show". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2013.
  14. ^ Souri, Ranjit (2 July 2009). "In The Dugout and On The Air". India Currents. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ "NBC Bay Area Leads The Winners At The 42nd Annual Northern CA Emmy Awards". NBC Universal. 19 June 2013. Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  16. ^ a b Vivek (29 November 2009). "Raj Matha - USA's First Indian Sportscaster Talks About...Well Sports & Some More!". Indian Entertainment. Retrieved 2013.
  17. ^ Del Grande, Dave (6 November 2007). "Mathai Getting Ready For Giant Change". The Oakland Tribune. HighBeam. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 2013.

External links

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



Music Scenes