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Ali Velshi is an MSNBC anchor and business correspondent with NBC News and cohost of the daily MSNBC Live with Velshi & Ruhle, MSNBC’s weekly business show Velshi & Ruhle, and MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi. Most recently he hosted Ali Velshi on Target, a nightly prime-time show on Al Jazeera America that spoke truth to power through debate, interviews, and on-the-ground reporting. He joined Al Jazeera America from CNN, where he was the channel’s chief business correspondent, anchor of CNN International’s World Business Today, and host of CNN’s weekly business roundtable Your Money. He also cohosted CNN’s American Morning.
Mr. Velshi has reported from the US presidential campaign trail and covered ISIS, the Syrian refugee crisis, the days leading up to the nuclear deal from Tehran, the tensions between Russia and NATO from Eastern Europe and the High Arctic, the debt crisis in Greece, and the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
He was nominated for two 2016 Emmy Awards for work on disabled workers and Chicago’s red-light camera scandal. In 2010 he was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting for “How the Wheels Came Off,” a special on the near collapse of the American auto industry. Also that year CNN was nominated for an Emmy for his breaking news coverage of the attempted terror attack by Umar Farouq Abdulmuttalab on Northwest flight 253 to Detroit.
Mr. Velshi has reported extensively on the global financial crisis. Known for his exposition and explanation, he appeared as a guest economic analyst on Oprah, The View, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, explaining the causes of the meltdown in plain terms. He is the author of Gimme My Money Back (Sterling and Ross, 2008) and coauthor with CNN’s Christine Romans of How to Speak Money (Wiley, 2010).
He splits his time between New York City and Philadelphia. Active in the community, he serves on the board of the Chicago History Museum and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He volunteers with the homeless outreach program of New York’s Center for Urban Community Services.
Born in Kenya and raised in Canada, Mr. Velshi graduated from Queen’s University in Ontario with a degree in religion, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 2016.