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Ali Velshi

MSNBC Senior Economic & Business Correspondent; Author of "Gimme My Money Back" and "Small Acts of Courage"

MSNBC Senior Economic & Business Correspondent; Author of "Gimme My Money Back" and "Small Acts of Courage"

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Ali Velshi Biography

Ali Velshi, as a seasoned Canadian television journalist, began his career as a business anchor for Cable Pulse 24 and sister station, CITY TV, before his transition to CNN in 2001. In his tenure as CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, the anchor for CNN Newsroom and host of "Your $$$$$" (CNN’s weekend business roundtable program), Velshi has covered events of significant economic and societal impact. He reported extensively on the U.S. government’s bailout plan; the financial collapses of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, and Lehman Brothers; as well as Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, focusing on their effects on oil refineries.

Velshi's dedication to financial reporting remained steadfast as he hosted shows like "Insights," "Business Unusual," "Street Sweep," and "Your Money" during his time at CNN. He also anchored CNN International’s “World Business Today” and co-hosted CNN’s morning show, “American Morning.” His other notable contributions include hosting the reality TV show "The Turnaround" in 2005, where he introduced struggling small business owners to high-profile mentors and helped them craft success strategies.

In 2013, Velshi's career took a new turn as he joined Al Jazeera America, where he hosted "Ali Velshi on Target," gaining further recognition as a journalist. His journey continued with MSNBC in 2016, where he currently serves as a senior economic and business correspondent. Additionally, Velshi has made his mark as a substitute anchor for "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" on MSNBC.

In the realm of literature, Velshi's expertise is reflected through his books: "Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis" and co-authorship with Christine Romans of "How to Speak Money: The Language & Knowledge You Need Now." He is also preparing to release two upcoming books titled "Small Acts of Courage: A Legacy Of Endurance And The Fight For Democracy" and "Open Space: How The Second Great Space Race Will Shape Our Future."

Beyond journalism, Velshi is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, and the New York Financial Writers Association among other prestigious bodies. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of organizations such as the Chicago History Museum, Seeds of Peace, and the X Prize Foundation. Furthermore, Velshi has been bestowed with honorary doctorates from Queen's University and has been named a Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale University, reflecting his significant contributions to the field.

Born in Kenya, raised in Toronto, and currently dividing his time between New York City and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Velshi has maintained a steadfast commitment to delivering comprehensive and accurate financial news. His dedication to his work has garnered him various awards, including the Queen's University Alumni Achievement Award and a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting. Moreover, his unique persona, marked by his bald appearance, has led to him being playfully referred to as the "Hairless Prophet of Doom" by Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show."

Ali Velshi Videos

  • Ali Velshi explains activism, protest, media disinformation
  • MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on his new book 'Small Acts of Courage'
  • Ali Velshi on the difference between Canadian and U.S. media | Spotlight

Ali Velshi Books

  • Small Acts of Courage: A Legacy of Endurance and the Fight for Democracy
    Small Acts of Courage: A Legacy of Endurance and the Fight for Democracy
  • How to Speak Money: The Language and Knowledge You Need Now
    How to Speak Money: The Language and Knowledge You Need Now
  • Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis
    Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis

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Ali Velshi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ali Velshi for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Ali Velshi generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Richard Florida, Chris Skinner, Jimmy Wales, Mike Walsh and Ray Kurzweil. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ali Velshi for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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