Raj Mathai, it seems from here, is floating on cloud 9. It's been a rapid ascent for the former sports TV tonsil to chief news anchor at NBC Bay Area.
Hard to believe almost five years has passed since Mathai's move to news.
The transition has been remarkably smooth and steady for the South Bay resident who now commands the screen as if he's been doing news all along. Believe me, it's not an easy change. Viewers are notoriously picky and overly critical when it comes to their evening anchor routine.
Mathai's work on KNTV is a crisp and no-nonsense delivery. He's straightforward and simple--which sounds sort of duh, shouldn't that be the premise of all anchors? Sure, you just don't see it occurring on a regular basis. Maybe the pressure to perform is too intense --in any event, Mathai has jelled to the position and is now one of the leading Bay Area news anchors.
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