MSNBC Hires Ali Velshi

Brian Steinberg

MSNBC said Tuesday that Ali Velshi, a popular TV-news correspondent who left a perch at CNN to join the now-defunct Al Jazeera America, would provide economic analysis for the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet.

“Ali made a name for himself covering tragic events in Pakistan and Turkey, the debt crisis in Greece, and the impact of devastating hurricanes here at home,” said Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, in a statement. ” He has earned a first-rate reputation as a business expert through his reporting on the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. government’s bailout plan, the automobile industry, and the debt ceiling and budget debates. ”

Velshi is likely to contribute to many of MSNBC’s programs, Griffin said. He will report to Janelle Rodriguez, a senior vice president in charge of editorial for NBC News who also supervises MSNBC’s daytime coverage.

Velshi had been CNN’s chief business correspondent, and an anchor of that network’s “Your Money.”

Related stories

NBCUniversal Bets on '11th Hour' Revival for Brian Williams

NBC News Chief Defends Matt Lauer Performance at Candidate Forum

Gabriel Sherman Named Contributor At NBC News, MSNBC

Get more from Variety and Variety411: Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Newsletter