SAN JOSE, CA – NBC Bay Area announced today that Robert Handa will be joining the station on June 23 as a General Assignment reporter and host of a new weekly program featuring the Asian community in the Bay Area. The show will be the first of its kind and will air on both KNTV and COZI TV, the station’s digital channel which can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.2.
“We’re thrilled to have a journalist with Robert’s talents and expertise joining our staff,” said Jonathan Mitchell, Vice President of News at NBC Bay Area. “He has been an influential member of the Asian community in the Bay Area for decades and we’re excited to have him on board to help develop and host this new show.”
Handa’s new show focusing on the Asian Community complements several of the station’s shows that highlight the rich fabric of the local communities in the market, including “Comunidad del Valle,” a weekly program featuring influential members of the Latino community hosted by Damian Trujillo, and “Press Here” a weekly roundtable show featuring world class technology reporters in conversation with Silicon Valley CEOs.
This is a return to KNTV for Handa where he began his career three decades ago as an intern, then later as a senior reporter. Most recently, he was a South Bay reporter for KTVU for the last 16 years. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KPIX in San Francisco and reporter/documentary producer for San Francisco PBS station KQED-TV.
Handa has won several national journalism awards, including two top awards from the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) as well as a first place award from the National Association of Black Journalists. In addition he has been awarded several Emmys including the award for outstanding achievement in investigative reporting, and an Associated Press Award for best documentary.
Handa is an active many Bay Area organizations, including Asian American Journalists Association, KIMOCHI self-help for the elderly, Yu Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service and Asian American’s for Community involvement (AACI).