Neeraj Khemlani is President and Co-Director of CBS News and CBS Television. He started his new role in May 2021.
Khemlani and Wendy McMahon, also president and co-director of CBS News and Television Stations, are responsible for a new division that unites CBS News, CBS News Digital and CBS Television Stations. Together, they provide editorial and commercial oversight of CBS News programming and operations; 24/7 CBSN streaming news service; CBSN local streaming networks; cbsnews.com; 28 CBS-owned stations and their digital extensions; CBS News Audio; and Newspath, the affiliate service of CBS News.
Khemlani is an award-winning journalist and senior cross-platform media and information manager, who brings to his role a diverse background in television, digital media, cable networks and local news.
Prior to joining CBS News, Khemlani was Executive Vice President and Deputy Group Leader at Hearst Newspapers, overseeing 3,000 employees who publish print and digital subscription products for 24 dailies and 52 weeklies in cities across the country.
He has held leadership roles since joining the company in 2009, including President and Group Head of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, the operating group responsible for Hearst’s cable network partnerships with Disney, including ESPN and A + E Networks, as well as production and digital companies. video and music streaming companies. During his tenure at Hearst, Khemlani also served as Creative Director, where he worked on the creation of products, content offerings and new user experiences in the company’s global brands.
In 2006, Khemlani joined Yahoo! Khemlani was vice president and general manager of Yahoo! News & Information, where he led editorial, commercial and product efforts in the news, technology, weather and education verticals. In addition, he was editor of Yahoo! Finance as well as responsible for Yahoo! Originals, where he produced the first streaming interview with President George W. Bush, an interactive political debate between Democratic presidential candidates in 2008, financial news programs, live fantasy football shows and series. concerts featuring bands like Coldplay. He also oversaw the 60 Minutes partnership with Yahoo! News and launched a strategic content partnership with ABC News.
Before Yahoo! News, Khemlani was as a producer on CBS News for Dan Rather, Bob Simon and other correspondents at 60 Minutes and “60 Minutes II”. Khemlani began his television career with ABC News, as an associate producer for “Peter Jennings Reporting”. He has also produced segments for “Nightline”, “Good Morning America” and ABC News specials.
He has been tasked with landing numerous interviews and exclusive stories around the world. Khemlani co-produced a three-part series for Dan Rather explaining what Osama bin Laden and his associates were doing in the summer before September 11. Khemlani produced a full interview with the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi. Khemlani also reported from the former Soviet Union that he revealed the existence of a secret town built inside a mountain in Siberia that still produced plutonium even though scientists and soldiers guarding the stock were barely paid.
Khemlani has made stories about many conflicts, including the Afghan War, the Sudanese Civil War, the American fight against the Cali and Medellin drug cartels, the Balkan conflict and the American invasion of Haiti.
Khemlani has also produced feature films for 60 minutes on Dean Kamen and his human transporter Segway, Jay-Z, the Grateful Dead, Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai, a prolific team of jewelry thieves in Florida called the Dinner Set Gang, Bill Gates and the future of video games, and the president of General Motors, who unveiled his hydrogen car on the program.
Khemlani journalism received the Edward R. Murrow Prize for Investigative Journalism and an Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University Prize for coverage of the war in Bosnia.
He began his career as a newspaper reporter, as a reporter for the New York Times and the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Khemlani graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Journalism. He holds a BA in Communication from Cornell University. He is married to author and former ABC News correspondent Heather Cabot and the proud parents of teenage twins.