Ali Velshi is the host of “Real Money with Ali Velshi”, a half hour nightly business news program on Al Jazeera America. He was the first on-air hire for the new cable news network, Al Jazeera America.
Prior to that, Velshi served as CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, anchor of CNN International’s World Business Today, and host of CNN’s weekly business roundtable Your Money.
In 2010, Velshi was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting for “How The Wheels Came Off.” Additionally, CNN was nominated for a 2010 Emmy for Velshi’s breaking news coverage of an attempted terror attack on a flight to Detroit. Velshi has reported extensively on the global financial meltdown; the financial collapses of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG and Lehman Brothers; the U.S. government’s bailout plan; the battle over the fate of the American big three automakers; and the U.S. debt ceiling and budget debate.
A veteran of financial news, Velshi hosted The Turnaround, CNN’s small business improvement show. The Turnaround traveled across America, introducing troubled small business owners to high-profile mentors and then helped them develop a plan for success.
Prior to that, he was an anchor with CNNfn, where he hosted various interactive shows, including Your Money, Business Unusual, Insights, Street Sweep and The Money Gang.
Before joining CNNfn in 2001, he hosted The Business News, Canada’s first and only prime-time business news hour, airing nightly on Report on Business Television.
Ali Velsh’s latest book “How to Speak Money” was co-authored with CNN’s Christine Romans. Velshi is also the author of “Gimme my money back.”
Born in Kenya and raised in Toronto, Velshi graduated from Queens University in Canada with a degree in religion.