Kai Ryssdal has been the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy, since 2005. He joined American Public Media in 2001 as the host of Marketplace Morning Report.

Ryssdal began in public radio as a intern, then reporter and finally substitute host for The California Report at KQED-FM in San Francisco. After graduating from Emory University, Ryssdal spent eight years in the United States Navy flying from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and as a Pentagon staff officer. Before his career in public radio, Ryssdal was a member of the United States Foreign Service in Ottawa, Canada and Beijing, China.

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. President Barack Obama (R) applauds Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (L) during a ceremony honoring National Teacher of the Year award winner Sean McComb and individual state winners at the White House May 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. McComb teaches

Arne Duncan: 'Education beyond high school is absolutely necessary'

The Secretary of Education talks with Kai Ryssdal about new rules on 'gainful employment.'
Posted In: arne duncan, college, higher education, vocational schools, federal student loans
Neiman Marcus CEO, Karen Katz.

Neiman Marcus' CEO on adapting to new consumer habits

A look at how Neiman Marcus is bringing a century-old company into the digital age.
Posted In: corner office, women CEOs, neiman marcus

Tell us what the economy feels like to you

It's election season. The word "economy" is flying. We want your story.
Posted In: elections, user-generated content
Co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter Yancey Strickler speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 in May in New York City.

Kickstarter: Bringing an idea to life

Kai Ryssdal talks to Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler in New York.

The 21-year-old who owns a factory in China

Alex Shlaferman founded his multi-million-dollar company at the age of 16
Posted In: toys, Entrepreneur

Delia Ephron: "Nora always said we shared half a brain"

The author and screenwriter shares a few of her numerical neuroses.
Posted In: Nora Ephron, live events, New York
There's the culprit.

Caught the common cold? You have everyone to blame

News of 'things you're way more likely to catch than Ebola.'
Posted In: coffee, common cold, cold, office, door knob

The invisible labor that keeps Facebook clean

Wired reporter Adrian Chen talks about the push against violence and nude selfies.
Posted In: wired, social media


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