MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi to speak as Poynter Fellow

A photo of Ali Velshi, MSNBC anchor and business correspondent.

Ali Velshi, MSNBC anchor and business correspondent, will come to Yale on Thursday, Nov. 30 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Velshi will speak at a Jonathan Edwards College tea at 4:15 p.m. at 68 High St.

Velshi is an MSNBC anchor and business correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He has reported on breaking news events and a wide range of global affairs topics, including the Iran nuclear deal, the global financial crisis, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, ISIS and the Syrian refugee crisis, and tensions between Russia and NATO. His reporting has brought him around the world, to countries such as Iran and Greece.

Before Velshi joined NBC News and MSNBC in Oct. 2016, he hosted “Ali Velshi on Target,” a primetime nightly show on Al Jazeera America. He had previously served as CNN’s chief business correspondent, anchoring CNN International’s “World Business Today” and hosting CNN’s weekly business roundtable “Your Money.”

Velshi has published two book, “Gimme My Money Back” and “How to Speak Money.” Velshi’s business expertise earned him a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting, a result of his special “How the Wheels Came Off” about the near-collapse of the American auto industry. His work has also earned him two News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations.

Born in Kenya, Velshi was raised in Canada and graduated from Queen’s University. He divides his time between New York City and Philadelphia.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Walter Robertson, Susan Glasser, and Bret Stephens.

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