From 1982 to 1994 he was a photojournalist at the WKEF National Broadcasting Company affiliate in Dayton, Ohio. Ghanbari has largely been self-taught, and has been recognized with over 600 awards from numerous professional journalism organizations. NPPA central general regional photographer of the year 2012.
He is only 10 X Ohio News Photographers Association Television Photographer of the Year as well as three-time Associated Press (State of Ohio) Best television Photographer.
() Six-time Society of Professional Journalist (Ohio) Best television Videographer. Ghanbari has been awarded 15 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Lower Great Lakes Emmy and honored for the best video-essay package by RTNDA year 2000.
National Headliner award 2012,2014. Numerous news photography 1st places by Ohio Excellence in Journalism(Press Club).
1995-2012 several speaking apparent in Buckeye television seminar (The original Buckeye Television seminar was the brainchild of Ali Ghanbari ).
He served as a national speaker for the NPPA Airborne television seminar in 1994. He was also a featured speaker for the NPPA 1995 Flying Short Course in Detroit, Michigan. The 1998 FSC in Cleveland,Ohio. The 1998 National Short Course in Baltimore, Doctor of Medicine. He was an NPPA 2001 national judge in Saint St. Petersburg, Florida. and the Eyes of History 2006 White House News Photographers Association in Washington, District of Columbia.