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Manu Raju

Manu Raju is a well-known journalist from the United States. Manu Raju serves as the chief congressional correspondent at the news network CNN, covering the United States Congress and campaign politics.

Early Life

Manu Raju is 43 years old and holds US citizenship. On the 9th of February 1980, he was born in Downers Grove, Illinois, the United States. According to the astrological chart, he has a birth sign of Aquarius and belongs to the Indian-American ethnicity.

The names of his parents are Dr. Tonse N. K. Raju (father) and Vidya Raju (mother). By profession, his father is a neonatologist and former University of Illinois professor.

His parents immigrated from Kolkata, India in the 1970s. Raju’s grandfather is the legendary South Indian poet Gopalakrishna Adiga. Sharat Raju, his sibling, is a filmmaker. Manu Raju’s parents are from India, but he was born in the United States.

Manu Raju – Education

He attended Hinsdale South High School and graduated in 1998. Later, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration in the year 2002. He was the sports editor for The Badgers Herald student newspaper during his time at the university.

Professional Career

After completing his graduation, Manu Raju began working on the assignment desk at NBC-15 in Madison, Wisconsin but moved to Washington D.C. He quickly landed a job as the environmental policy reporter for Inside Washington Publishers and then worked for Congressional Quarterly, The Hill newspaper, and Politico, where he reported for seven years before joining CNN in September 2015.

During his time at CNN, he was able to uncover politicians’ deepest secrets and broke the news of the 2013 government shutdown. He also covered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign in 2014.

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Caption: Manu Raju preparing for a report (Source: Instagram)

Meanwhile, in 2017, he broke the story of Tom Price’s unethical stock trade. He and Jeremy Herb published an exclusive report on how the Trump campaign obtained hacked Wikileaks documents, but CNN dropped the story after Julian Assange claimed it was false.

He also covered the GOP establishment’s struggle with Donald Trump, and in 2017 he was featured on the cover of India Abroad newspaper, which dubbed him the “King of the Hill” for his reporting on key political figures in the United States and on Capitol Hill.

On national television, he has interviewed House Speakers Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, and Senators Marco Rubio, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham.


Through his successful journalism career, he has earned several awards and honours. He won the prestigious Merriman Smith Memorial Award for presidential reporting under deadline pressure in 2012, as part of a team of four reporters, for coverage of the 2011 debt ceiling crisis.

Three years later, he was awarded first place by the Society of Professional Journalists in D.C. for his coverage of the 2014 midterm elections, as well as the Folio Eddie Award for a feature profile on Senator Elizabeth Warren. Raju was then awarded the 2016 Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based political and Congressional affairs reporting for his coverage of Congress and campaign politics.

Net Worth 2023

Being a senior Congressional reporter for CNN and working in political journalism for the past 15 years, he has earned a decent sum of money. As of 2023, his net worth is around $3 million while his annual salary is around $100,000.

Relationship Status

Manu Raju married his beautiful wife, Archana Mehta. His wife is an entrepreneur with a company AM Strategies by profession. With the marital relationship, the couple is blessed with twin kids, a son, and a daughter whose names are unknown at the moment.

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Caption: Manu Raju with his family (Source: MoCo360)

CNN had to retract one of Raju’s exclusive reports. Which claimed that the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump Jr, had access to hacked Wikileaks documents, but this was later proven to be false. As a result, Donald Trump Jr. and Julian Assange criticized Raju. They demanded that Raju be corrected. CNN, on the other hand, rejected it because Raju had strictly adhered to CNN’s editorial standards process.

Manu Raju – Body Measurements

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Caption: Manu Raju talking on the phone (Source: Instagram)

Raju has a pair of brown eyes with dark black hair colour. In addition, he has an average height, and weight, however, his exact body measurement is still under review.

Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@manu_raju’ there are over 20.9k followers. Likewise, there are over 631k followers on his Twitter page ‘@mkraju’ and he is not present on Facebook at the moment.