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Meet Raj Mathai, Bay Area NBC's sports director

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SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, presents the latest in its 15th anniversary series of high-profile webcasts - via BlogTalkRadio - with some of the leading South Asian names in global media, arts, entertainment, politics and much more... Listen to a recording of a SAJA webcast with RAJ MATHAI, one of America's first South Asian sportscasters. Listen to the Bay Area's NBC sports director discuss his journey, the state of sports and much more. Hear the different challenges and obstacles Raj had to overcome in making his name as a minority and especially as a South Asian in a very difficult field of journalism. Two-time Emmy award winning Raj Mathai currently serves as the sports director for the NBC affiliate in the Bay Area, "NBC11." Mathai anchors the nightly sportscasts there and also hosts the weekly top-rated "Sports Sunday" program that attracts the Bay Area's highest-profile sports figures. Raj can also be seen on the network level as an occasional sideline reporter for NBC Sports during their Olympic coverage including the recent winter games from Vancouver. In 2004, he was honored by the Associated Press for Outstanding Sports Segment. He's also been awarded regional Emmys for Outstanding Sports Program in 1998 and 2002. Before working in the Bay Area, he worked for NBC stations in Fresno, San Diego, and in Yuma, Arizona. Prior to his career in television, Raj served as a public relations assistant for the NFL's San Diego Chargers. Hosting this segment is SOVY AZHATH, SAJA board member and a producer for MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show,

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