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30 mins Ali Velshi is an MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC.
Velshi has covered a wide range of breaking news events and global affairs throughout his career, including U.S. presidential elections, ISIL and the Syrian refugee crisis, the Iran nuclear deal from Tehran, the tensions between Russia and NATO from Eastern Europe and the High Arctic, the debt crisis in Greece, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, and the global financial crisis.
Before joining NBC News and MSNBC, Velshi hosted “Ali Velshi On Target,” a nightly primetime show on Al Jazeera America. Before that, he 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.” Velshi also co-hosted CNN’s morning show, “American Morning.”
An award-winning journalist, Velshi was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting for “How the Wheels Came Off,” a special on the near collapse of the American auto industry. His work on disabled workers and Chicago’s red-light camera scandal in 2016 earned him two News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations, adding to a nomination in 2010 for his terrorism coverage. Additionally, Velshi has taken his economic analysis to “Oprah,” “The View,” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
Velshi is the author of Gimme My Money Back (Sterling and Ross, 2008) and co-author with CNN’s Christine Romans of How to Speak Money (Wiley, 2010).
Born in Kenya and raised in Canada, Velshi graduated from Queen’s University in Canada, which bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Laws upon him in 2016. Velshi splits his time between New York City and Philadelphia. Active in the community, Velshi serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago History Museum, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also volunteers with New York’s Center for Urban Community Services homeless outreach program
1:12 Susan Hartman has written cover stories and profiles for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday, often following her subjects for months. She has teamed up with some of the best American photographers, telling intimate stories about people and communities far from the mainstream.
This spring, Hartman’s new book, City of Refugees: The Story of Three Newcomers Who Breathed Life into a Dying American City, will be published by Beacon Press. For eight years, she followed three refugees and their families as they adjusted to new lives in the old industrial town of Utica, New York.
The author of two books of poetry, Dumb Show and El Abogado, Hartman was educated at Kirkland College and received an M.F.A. from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she now teaches. She has also taught at Yale, NYU, and Barnard College. She lives outside New York City with her husband; they have a grown son and daughter.