James Beard Award-winning television journalist, Vinita Nair, famous for being the anchor of “World News Now” and “America This Morning,” ABC’s early morning news programs. In addition to this role, Nair provides reports to all other ABC News’ broadcasts and platforms.

Early Life & Education

Vinita Chandra Nair was born on 8th September 1981 in Evanston, Illinois, United States. She grew up in Colleyville, Texas. She has mentioned that her father’s middle name is Chandra. In 1995, Vinita Nair attended the Northwestern University and graduated from there in 1999.

Vinita Nair belongs to the Nair caste of Kerala (India), a semi-Mongoloid originated in the India-China border. Later migrated to southernmost India in an exodus called Munda exodus. This race now inhabits in Nepal as Newars and  Kerala as Nairs.


Previously, Nair was a reporter and anchor for KOLN/KGIN-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she used to anchor daily morning and afternoon newscasts.Nair began her journalism career in 2000 from KWGN-TV, the CW affiliate in Denver, Colorado, where she was a lead evening reporter and anchor. She worked there around three years until 2003.  Nair joined the station in July of 2004 and reported on a broad variety of topics, including the Bailey, the Jon Benet Ramsey murder investigation and Colorado School Shootings.

ABC News

Nair joined ABC News as an anchor/correspondent for ABC News Now in December 2007. In that role, she anchored live coverage and news briefs for ABC’s digital network. She co-anchored of World News Now and America This Morning on ABC, from September 17, 2008, until February 18, 2011. Nair was partnered with Jeremy Hubbard and later Rob Nelson on both shows. She worked there networking years until August 2011.


From August 2011 – January 2012, she joined NBC/MSNBC in New York, NY as a freelance anchor. She used to work there as a Primetime Newsreader MSNBC “Martin Bashir” & “Hardball with Chris Matthews”. She was also an Early Morning Anchor NBC “Early Today” and “First Look”. Nair worked there around six months.

CBS Newspath

Nair joined CBS Newspath, the network’s 24-hour television news service for CBS affiliates, as a New York-based correspondent in January 2013. She covered international and Nation News Coverage for all CBS News stations across the country: Boston bombing, Superbowl, Mardi Gras. Nair left the CBS Newspath after one year.

Other Appearances

Nair began her career in television news at WGEM-TV, the NBC affiliate in Quincy, Illinois, where she worked as a general assignment reporter. She also became a part of WYCC-TV, Chicago’s Public Access Network, and the Illinois Evanston Community Cable Channel. She was also both a writer for Today’s Chicago Woman and a reporter for Talk Radio News in Washington DC.

CBS News

On January 2014, she became a part of CBS News in New York.Nair is currently working as an anchor & correspondent. She is anchor CBS This Morning Saturday & Correspondent CBS News. She covers breaking News & Investigative Coverage such as Brussels & Paris attacks, papal elections in Italy, heroin overdose epidemic, cancer clusters in St Louis, broke national EpiPen price hikes.Nair is also newsmaker Profiles & Interviews: Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Chef Alice Watters, Actor Jeremy Irons, Actor Dev Patel, Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, Tracy Morgan, Idris Elba and Alicia Vikander.

Personal Life & Net Worth

Vinita Nair is a married woman. Her husband’s name is Osman Nawaz, an Attorney at the US Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Enforcement since 2010. Nawaz has also worked for Morrison & Foerster LLP. The couple tied the knot on 10th October 2009. Their wedding was celebrated on ABC’s “World News Now”. Nair and Nawaz welcomed their first son on 25th January 2012.

Vinita Nair has an estimated net worth of $3 million and earns $800 thousand as salary. She is also active on social networking sites like Facebook Titter.