Nov 16, 2020
Raj Mathai, News Anchor, NBC Bay Area
From the Anchor Desk, Behind the Scenes

Raj Mathai, News Anchor, NBC Bay AreaTen-time Emmy award winner Raj Mathai is the weeknight news anchor for NBC Bay Area. Raj anchors the nightly 5 pm, 6 pm and 11 pm News and is among the Bay Area's most well-known journalists. He joined KNTV in 1998 as Sports Director and transitioned to primary news anchor in 2011.Raj grew up on the Peninsula and graduated from Los Altos High School. He went on to graduate from San Diego State University with a degree in journalism and political science. Before arriving at NBC Bay Area, he worked for NBC stations in Fresno, San Diego, and Arizona. In 1995, Raj became the country's first Indian sportscaster. Prior to his career in television, Raj served as a public relations assistant for the San Diego Chargers for five seasons. He was part of the Giants broadcast team (2008-2012) with Jon Miller and Mike Krukow during NBC Bay Area telecasts of the Giants. He is a regular guest instructor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Raj was born in Trivandrum, India.

He has reported on-location from the Olympics in London, Vancouver, Turin, Athens and Salt Lake City. Raj is among the handful of people in the world to have run the Olympic Torch three times (1996, 2002 and 2008).