There may not be many Indian-American TV journalists in network news, Vinita Nair is not deterred by that fact nonetheless. She rather sees a new and changed landscape to the given and is proud to be a part of it. She believes she is living her dream and sees her career as a front-row seat to history.
Vinita is an American television journalist who co-hosted CBS This Morning Saturday alongside Anthony Mason.
Who is Vinita Nair? Biography
Vinita Chandra Nair better known as Vinita Nair is an Indian American television journalist with reports on a wide range of topics including the Jon Benet Ramsey murder investigation, the school shootings at Bailey, Colorado as well as political commentaries, the Paris terror attacks.
Vinita was born on September 8, 1981, in Evanston, Illinois. She is of Indian- American nationality and Asian-American ethnicity and grew up in Colleyville, Texas with her parents. She graduated from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University with a degree in journalism.
The TV journalist was not always on the television. She started her journalism career as a writer for Today’s Chicago Woman magazine and also worked as a reporter for Talk Radio News in Washington D.C.
However, her television career kickstarted as a general assistant reporter in 2000 at WGEM-TV, the NBC affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. She further worked for various TV stations including Chicago’s PBS station, WYCC-TV, and Illinois’ PEG (public, educational, and government) cable TV, Evanston Community Cable Channel.
In addition to that, she anchored daily morning and afternoon newscasts and reported for KOLN/KGIN-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska. From July 2004, Vinita Nair was an anchor at KWGN-TV, the CW (CBS and Warner Bros television network) affiliate in Denver where she also led the evening reports.
Then in December 2007, she became a part of ABC News as an anchor and correspondent for ABC News Now where she anchored live coverage and news briefs for their digital network. From September 17, 2008, to February 18, 2011, Vinita was a co-anchor of ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning.
Following her last broadcast on ABC on February 18, 2011, she started working as a newsreader on Martin Bashir (an hour-long weekday political commentary program) at MSNBC. She also anchored the early morning news programs Early Today on NBC and First Look on MSNBC.
Vinita Nair co-anchored the CBS This Morning Saturday with Anthony Mason from 2013 to 2016. Besides This Morning Saturday, she was also a correspondent for CBS Newspath and a substitute anchor for the network’s overnight television news program, Up to the Minute.
She has a net worth of $3 million and a salary of $800,000.
What Happened to Her? Where is Vinita Nair Now?
The morning weekend show aired a new episode on November 19, 2016, but did not feature Vinita, instead, Alex Wagner was found in her place. Fans of the journalist and her show on CBS network let their rage show when she was replaced by Alex Wagner. She has never been fired in any of her jobs so we wouldn’t assume that she was this time.
She was a two-time guest anchor (on October 12 and 13, 2017) on Dallas-based ABC affiliate WFAA on News 8 Daybreak alongside Ron Coming (World News Now and America This Morning alum).
The anchoring was actually an audition to become Alexa Conomos’ successor on Dallas-based TEGNA8’s weekday editions of the show. The position, however, went to Kara Sewell who joined the network on January 4, 2018.
She was hired as a special assignments reporter on extended projects for KXAS, NBC station in Dallas. Vinita joined the network’s staffers on January 29, 2018.
Who is her Husband?
She is married to a fellow journalist, Osman Elahi Nawaz since October 10, 2009. They had a traditional Indian-themed wedding which took place while she was still with ABC News. She talked about her wedding on ABC’s World News Now and even shared some wedding pictures.
As is common with most journalists, they love to maintain a low profile and don’t make their personal life a public affair as well as regards their family with almost utmost privacy. However, rumors sprung up that the couple was headed to the path of divorce but those were only rumors. They are still together and their bonds are only growing stronger.
The fact that they have known each other for a long time before they tied the knot and being in the same profession may have played a part in keeping them together and in love.
Vinita gave birth to their son on January 25, 2012. The proud parents named their baby boy Tahir, a Muslim name that means purity.