KAMAHL SANTAMARIA is a Principal Presenter at Al Jazeera English and a journalist with 19 years experience in television news across New Zealand, Australia, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Kamahl came to Doha, Qatar in November 2005 - a year ahead of the Al Jazeera English launch date - and in the 12 years since has presented news bulletins, the Newshour, and panel discussion show Inside Story

He also spent seven years as host of the weekly business and economics show Counting the Cost.

Kamahl now hosts newsgrid - Al Jazeera's interactive newshour - which airs live daily at 1500GMT and streams online through YouTube and Facebook Live.

He has also reported for Al Jazeera from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Germany, Dubai, France, the United States, the Philippines, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and acted as the electoral "number cruncher" for the U.S. Presidential Elections of 2008, 2012, and 2016.

 

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SKY NEWS AUSTRALIA: 2002-2004

In late 2001 Kamahl moved to Australia, where he spent three years as the Melbourne Bureau Chief for the nightly Sky Business Report with David Koch on Sky News Australia

The role involved reporting, producing, studio presenting, and self-filming interviews.

Kamahl interviewed many key Australian business figures, with a focus on large Melbourne-based companies such as Coles Myer, Telstra, and mining giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

At the time Sky News Australia was a joint-venture, part owned by the Seven Network.    With Kamahl based out of their broadcast centre in Melbourne, he would also contribute to Seven's business and financial news coverage.

Kamahl left Australia in 2004 for New York, London, and eventually Doha.

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TV3 NEW ZEALAND: 1998-2001

Before joining Al Jazeera, Kamahl worked for six years in television news in New Zealand and Australia.

At the age of 18, he began his career in Auckland as a news and sports reporter for 3 News (now Newshub) on the TV3 Network.  By age 20 he was producing TV3's nightly national sports bulletins.

Kamahl's time at TV3 culminated in a special six-month project working alongside New Zealand's entry in the Atlantic Rowing Race 2001.  It involved documenting the teams' preparation, the progress of the race, and reporting from the race finish in Barbados. 

He also produced and hosted a 30-minute educational children's programme on the race.

Whilst travelling to Barbados in November 2001, Kamahl was grounded at New York's JFK Airport after American Airlines Flight 587 crashed in Queens.  He reported from the scene that day, just two months after 9/11.

 

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