Kamahl Santamaria is a news presenter at Al Jazeera and a journalist with nearly 19 years experience in television news across New Zealand, Australia, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

He came to Qatar in November 2005 - a full year before Al Jazeera English began broadcasting - as part of the launch team.

Since then Kamahl has presented news bulletins, the Newshour, discussion show Inside Story, and for seven years hosted the weekly business and economics show Counting the Cost.

He is now the host of newsgrid - Al Jazeera's interactive newshour - which airs at 1500GMT daily.

Kamahl 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 was the channel's electoral "number cruncher" for the U.S. Presidential Elections of 2008, 2012, and 2016.

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

He began his career as a news and sports reporter for 3News (now Newshub) on New Zealand's TV3 Network.  His three years 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, the race, and reporting from the race finish in Barbados.  He also produced and hosted a special 30-minute educational children's programme on the race.

Kamahl then moved to Australia where for three years he was the Melbourne Bureau Chief for Sky Business Report with David Koch on Sky News Australia.  Kamahl reported, presented, and filmed business news on large Melbourne-based companies including Coles Myer, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Telstra.