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 also interviewed the leader of the free world four times and counting.  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

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks during a news conference following the weekly House GOP conference meeting at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill.

What congressional uncertainty means for the economy

The race for speaker comes at a time of budget and debt-limit decisions.
Posted In: Congress, House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy
Dell may be merging with EMC.

Possible Dell and EMC merger on the horizon

EMC is one of the original developers of what is now known as cloud computing.
Posted In: Dell, EMC, mergers
President Barack Obama speaks to US Trade Representative Ron Kirk  during a meeting with Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Honolulu, Hawaii back in 2011.

Make DeLauro's TPP vote a 'Nay'

The Democrat from Connecticut says the trade deal will send U.S. jobs overseas.
Posted In: Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP, Economy

Dr. Ben Carson on the economy, taxes and debt

In one of his only in-depth interviews about the economy, Carson laid out his plan.
Posted In: Ben Carson, debt, Taxes, government

Full interview: Dr. Ben Carson on the economy

Read the transcript and hear the full interview.
Posted In: Ben Carson, Republican Primary
Pumpkin stand along the Pacific Coast Highway in California. Nearly all pumpkin production originates in Illinois.

A scary season for pumpkins

Also, let's stop with the whole pumpkin spice craze.
Posted In: pumpkins, pumpkin pie, crops

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
President Barack Obama meets with agriculture and business leaders at the Department of Agriculture on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The President discussed the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for American businesses and workers.

The full interview: President Obama defends the TPP

Read the whole transcript and listen to Obama's uncut conversation with Kai.
Posted In: trade deal, TPP, Barack Obama


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