Ali Velshi Joins MSNBC

Longtime CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi starts at MSNBC tomorrow morning. The former anchor of CNN’s Your Money (and co-host of CNN International’s weekday business show World Business Today) left the cable news network in 2013 to join Al Jazeera America, hosting there from its launch in August of that year, until it threw in the towel in April of this year.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced Velshi’s start this morning, via a memo to staff:


I’m pleased to announce Ali Velshi joins MSNBC beginning tomorrow.

Ali brings a unique mix of experience and perspective on both domestic and international issues.  He was most recently a primetime anchor at Al Jazeera America and previously had a long career with CNN as an anchor and chief business correspondent.

Ali made a name for himself covering tragic events in Pakistan and Turkey, the debt crisis in Greece, and the impact of devastating hurricanes here at home. He has earned a first-rate reputation as a business expert through his reporting on the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. government’s bailout plan, the automobile industry, and the debt ceiling and budget debates.

Ali’s sharp economic analysis will be a valuable asset to MSNBC as we dig deeper into every angle of the news and build on our ratings momentum in all dayparts. He will join our strong bench of talented journalists and report to Janelle Rodriguez.

Please join me in giving Ali a warm welcome to MSNBC.


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