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Velshi hosted The Business News, Canada's first prime time business news hour. He anchored several shows including Insights, Business Unusual, Street Sweep, Your Money, and co-hosted The Money Gang with Pat Kiernan before the network closed down in December 2004.Reassigned to the main CNN network, he remained a business anchor and reporter posted, initially, to CNN's early morning program, Daybreak.
In 2008, Velshi undertook a cross-country road-trip aboard the CNN Election Express, during which he travelled from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Los Angeles, California, stopping along the way to discuss money issues with Americans.In 2005, Velshi hosted 13 hour-long episodes of The Turnaround, a reality television show, during which he traveled across America, introducing small business owners who were facing challenges or seeking to grow their businesses, to high-profile mentors who helped the small business owners develop a plan for success.After The Turnaround, Velshi was assigned to the newly launched The Situation Room from 2005 to 2006.Being Muslim, Velshi regularly acknowledges his background and perspective when discussions involve Islam.Velshi has strongly defended the Muslim community's right to build a mosque and Islamic center (Park51) near Ground Zero in New York City.He later became a business reporter and anchor for Cable Pulse 24 and its then sister station City TV.
In 1999, he joined Report on Business Television, (now BNN - Business News Network) Canada's first all-business news specialty channel. in September 2001, joining business news channel CNNfn in New York City.
He has been in turn accused of downplaying the role that mainstream Islamic jurisprudence, scholarship, and interpretation play in the development and application of Islamic extremism and branding negative statements about Islam as biased.
Up until leaving CNN, Velshi co-hosted the market opening edition of World Business Today on CNN International.
In 2013, he joined Al Jazeera America, a channel that launched in August 2013.
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.
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.