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January 18, 2000
Sreenivasan Hosts Tech Show For CNET
A P Kamath
Hari Sreenivasan, who began his journalism career with alternative radio, will co-host CNET TV.COM, the syndicated technology news program seen in over 120 markets all over the US.
'Hari Sreenivasan and Wendy Walsh provide perspective, insight, and context on the latest Internet trends, the newest forms of e-commerce, and the companies and people influencing consumer decisions and spurring the growth of the Web today,' a statement from CNET said.
Sreenivasan's interest in high-tech began during his stint with a local television in North Carolina. Between covering house fires and crime stories for WNCN, he says he was drawn to the stories coming out of the high-tech enclave of Raleigh's Triangle Park.
He is one of the active members of the South Asian Journalists Association and has won many of its prizes for excellence in journalism.
"I just had a most unusual experience: watching a South Asian guy anchoring a syndicated television news show," says Sreenath Sreenivasan, journalism professor at Columbia University. Professor Sreenivasan is the co-founder of SAJA. The two Sreenivasans are not related.
"Now that Uma Pemmaraju has moved on from Fox News Channel. Hari and Asha Blake of NBC's Later Today are the only two South Asian anchors seen regularly on mainstream broadcast American television in every major market."
Hari Sreenivasan has been reporting on current events, entertainment and technology for about five years.
Mumbai-born Sreenivasan began his career in Seattle. It was at the University of Puget Sound that his interest shifted to television. He worked as an intern at Seattle and Yakima television stations before accepting a position as general assignment reporter for WNCN in Raleigh, North Carolina. After one year at WNCN, he headed to San Francisco to begin reporting for CNET.
At CNET-TV Sreenivasan goes beyond the high-tech novelties to seek out technology that will transform lives. "I wanted to pursue technology reporting for a few reasons," he says.
"One, it is a beat that appeals to any demographic. No matter what race, gender or age someone is, they are most likely interested in seeing what the future holds. Two, on a philosophical level, I think that while presenting the latest and greatest technological wizardry, showing how far we as mankind have come, it is also our obligation to point out how much further we have to go."
In addition to his television work, Sreenivasan also writes the Single Indian Guy column for BayAreaIndian.com
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