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.  

 

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Features by Kai Ryssdal

President Richard Nixon waves to a supporter in Washington in 1973.

Richard Nixon 'wanted to be a good prince'

Author looks into the psyche of the anxious introvert who was 37th president.
Posted In: Richard Nixon, president, Watergate, economic policy

Bubble wrap abandoning its signature pop

Say goodbye to your childhood obsession.
Posted In: bubble, childhood, packaging
A helicopter flies over an oil slick amid cleanup operations during the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster.

BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over 2010 spill

The deal brings the company's total liability to more than $40 billion.
Posted In: bp oil spill, oil industry, safety

Donna Karan leaves behind a fashion legacy

The designer is stepping down from her self-titled fashion line.
Posted In: Kate Betts, Donna Karan, fashion, clothing, Retail
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

Checking in with the secretary of commerce

Kai talks to Penny Pritzker about the Export-Import bank and TPP.
Posted In: commerce, export-import bank, Trans-Pacific Partnership

Bobby Bonilla's $1,193,248.20 yearly check

What Bernie Madoff has to do with the retired baseball player.
Posted In: baseball, paycheck, New York Mets

The secret work life of bees

David Wallace-Wells from New York Magazine discusses the overworked honey bee.
Posted In: honey bee, Agriculture, bee colony collapse, colony collapse
Demonstrators take part in a rally organized by supporters of the "Yes" vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament on Tuesday in Athens, Greece

Londoner crowdfunding cash for Greek bailout

One man is taking it to the people to save Greece.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greek, Greece, bailout

Ballerina Misty Copeland counts herself lucky

From the archives: Our conversation with the history-making dancer.
Posted In: ballet, Misty Copeland, ballerina
Gold demand hit its highest in months.

Europeans take refuge in gold

Greece's financial situation has helped drive up demand.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greece, Greek, gold

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