An award-winning CNN anchor and the news network's chief business correspondent, Ali Velshi has covered every major news story from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year to the financial collapse of Fannie Mae and Lehman Brothers in 2008.
Ali's career in broadcast journalism goes back more than a decade. Before joining CNN, he was an anchor at CNNfn, hosting such shows as Your Money, Business Unusual, Insights and The Money Gang. Prior to that, he hosted The Business News, airing nightly on Report on Business Television.
The self-taught business journalist with a degree in religion (from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario) has also worked as an anchor for some of Canada's top broadcasters, including Cable Pulse 24, CityTV and CFTO-TV.
Ali is also the author of two business books, Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis and Get Rich, Sleep Well.
In 2010, his in-depth reporting for CNN's How The Wheels Came Off, a news special on the crisis in the American auto industry, won a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting.
His profile is such that Ali was asked to make a cameo appearance in the 2010 film Wall Street, starring Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf.
Currently based in New York, Ali Velshi was born in Kenya and raised in Toronto.