Wheelock left the network shortly after the launch to head up a political campaign in Delaware.
CNN chief business correspondent and the anchor of Your Money, Ali Velshi was the first major name to join Al Jazeera America.
He hosted a daily, half-hour show originally called Real Money with Ali Velshi, (later called Ali Velshi on Target).
The channel also hired Kim Bondy, a former executive producer with CNN to produce its flagship news program America Tonight, a newsmagazine program that was hosted by original CNN International anchor and former CBS News correspondent Joie Chen, produced from Al Jazeera America's Newseum studio in Washington, D.
C., and featuring correspondents Adam May, Lori Jane Gliha, former CBS, ABC and CBC news correspondent Sheila Mac Vicar and former Current TV correspondent Christof Putzel.