Born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Toronto, Ontario, he is the son of Murad Velshi, the first Canadian of Indian origin elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and his wife Mila, who grew up in South Africa.He is an Ismaili Muslim of Gujarati Indian descent In 2016, Velshi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by his Alma Mater.Velshi is represented by the New York literary agency N. Bienstock, and by speaking agency Greater Talent Network.His first book, Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis, was published on January 2, 2009.Velshi regularly was a substitute anchor for CNN/U. Velshi also hosted CNN's Energy Hunt which took him to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and to the Oil Sands of Canada in 2008.Tragic events during 2008 brought Velshi more airtime, including reporting from the now-destroyed Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, and Ike, Velshi appeared on air day and night on location from hurricane-stricken areas, as the storms hit.After The Turnaround, Velshi was assigned to the newly launched The Situation Room from 2005 to 2006.
Ali Velshi (born October 29, 1969) is a Canadian television journalist, a senior economic and business correspondent for NBC News since October 2016 and co-anchor with Stephanie Ruhle of Velshi & Ruhle on MSNBC.
Velshi's hurricane reporting started in 2005 during Katrina, where he reported live during the evacuation of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and then from damaged oil facilities in Eastern Texas and Southern Louisiana During the financial crisis of 2008, Velshi again appeared on television frequently throughout the day on shows like American Morning and Anderson Cooper 360°, and took viewers' live calls during special editions of Your Money, and during his weekly call-in radio show.
Being Muslim, Velshi regularly acknowledges his background and perspective when discussions involve Islam.
Following the shutdown of Al Jazeera America in April, Velshi joined MSNBC in October 2016.
Velshi served as Chief Business Correspondent for the channel's parent news division, NBC News, and he anchors a daytime news program on MSNBC with Stephanie Ruhle called Velshi & Ruhle as well as the PM hour of MSNBC Live.