Ali Velshi is CNN’s chief business correspondent and host of Your $$$$$, CNN’s weekend business roundtable program, as well as a regular contributor and anchor for Issue #1, the network’s in-depth coverage initiative on the single issue that matters most to CNN’s audience. Velshi also hosts The Ali Velshi Show, a weekly call-in radio program on both CNN Radio and CNN.com Live, and fields viewer calls three times a week for the “Help Line” segment for Headline Prime on Headline News. Online users can also listen to Velshi’s podcast, “The Ali V Podcast,” available at www.CNN.com/podcasting and on iTunes.
Based in New York, Velshi has covered the U.S. government’s bailout plan, the financial collapses of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG and Lehman Brothers, and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, reporting on the impact of the storms on oil refineries. He covered the Enron story at every step since it hit the national spotlight in 2001, including the guilty verdicts of Enron Corp.’s founder Kenneth Lay and former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling on conspiracy and fraud charges. He reported live from Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., as the company announced the layoff of 30,000 workers. He was reporting live from an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico amid evacuation calls for Hurricane Katrina.