Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, the most widely heard program on business and the economy – radio or television, commercial or public broadcasting – in the country.

Since joining the flagship Marketplace broadcast in 2005, Kai has hosted the program from China, the Middle East, and dozens of cities – big and small – across the United States.  Kai speaks regularly with CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, start-up entrepreneurs, small business owners, and everyday participants in the American and global economies.  He’s interviewed the leader of the free world three times and counting – twice in the Oval Office and once on a folding chair in the middle of the Nevada desert.  Kai first came to Marketplace in 2001 as the host of Marketplace Morning Report, where he covered the economic aftermath of the September 11th attacks, the collapse of Enron, and the slow buildup to the housing crash, the financial crisis, and the Great Recession.

His one and only big-time journalism award was, as it happens, for television; a 2012 Emmy for investigative journalism on a PBS FRONTLINE documentary about money in politics called Big Sky, Big Money.  Kai has appeared often on CNN, CNBC and CBS News.  His written work has been featured in The New York Times and The Atlantic.   

Before his career in broadcasting, Kai spent eight years in the United States Navy, flying from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and, later, with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.  He also served in the United States Foreign Service, with postings to Ottawa, Canada and Beijing, China. Kai is a graduate of Emory University and Georgetown University.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four children. 

Please direct all media inquiries and booking requests to communications@americanpublicmedia.org.  



Features by Kai Ryssdal

When will we see nitty-gritty of TPP? 'Soon,' Obama says

The President defended parts of his signature trade agreement Tuesday.
Posted In: Barack Obama, TPP, trade, trade deal

Putting a price on healthcare

One hospital is finding out the cost of its services, from surgery to stitches.
Posted In: Affordable Care Act, hospital, health care costs

Jack Dorsey named permanent Twitter CEO

Now he has to figure out how to keep it interesting and bring people back.
Posted In: Twitter, Jack Dorsey, ceo
A few dozen protestors gather outside the Atlanta hotel where negotiators are trying the finalize the Transpacific Partnership.

The TPP is still in the works, but not for long

Negotiations, now in Atlanta, may be in the final hours.
Posted In: trade, Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP, Atlanta
Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen waves to members during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill back in February in Washington, D.C.

Weekly Wrap: Jobs report, uncertainty and Janet Yellen

Cardiff Garcia and Sabri Ben-Achour join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week that was.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, jobs report, Janet Yellen, debt ceiling, China

Shooting No. 294

10 people have died in a shooting at Umpqua Community College.
Posted In: shooting, Oregon, community colleges
The new Google logo is displayed at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Google is making a bold move in advertising deals

It will only charge marketers for ads that are 100 percent viewable.
Posted In: Google, advertising
The number of people in the U.S. who are extremely poor is increasing.

Getting by in America on $2 a day

What the country's extreme poor want: Dignity. Respect. Jobs.
Posted In: $2 bill, budget, low-income


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