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

 An exterior view of an Airbus plant.

Airbus-patented jet able to fly more than 3,000 miles per hour

You'll be able to get from London to New York in that hour.
Posted In: Final, plane, speed, New York, London, Airbus
Composers Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna were nominated for two awards at this year's Emmys.

Sibling non-rivalry in the Emmys

Brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna cooperate to produce Emmy-nominated music.
Posted In: emmy awards, composer, FX
Women often feel colder in office settings than men.

Men responsible for your office chills

154 lb., 40-year-old men, to be exact.
Posted In: office, cold, gender

BloomNation is changing the way we send flowers

A Silicon Beach based startup is disrupting the $30 billion flower industry
Posted In: Silicon Beach, flowers, technology, start-up
Egg prices nearly doubled between May and June.

Egg prices are up, but chicken breast is not

Kai talks to Ed Fryar, CEO of Ozark Mountain Poultry in Rogers, Arkansas.
Posted In: chicken, avian flu, eggs
Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies before the House Financial Services Committee July 15, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Yellen told the committee that the Fed is still set to raise short-term interest rates this year.

Weekly Wrap: Interest rates, Janet Yellen and profits

Linette Lopez and Felix Salmon join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week in business and finance.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, wages, Janet Yellen, interest rates, profits
Volunteers parade in front of journalists in Beijing on Friday a few minutes before the announcement that the Chinese capital would host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics

The country's economy is in a different place this time around.
Posted In: Olympics, Winter Olympics, China, Beijing
A woman uses her smart phone as she walks on 47th Street November 13, 2014 in New York.

There should be a lane for that

Move aside, smartphone users.
Posted In: study, walking, cell phone

Shake Shack's rise from burger stand to billions

CEO Randy Garutti talks about how the burger giant started and how it plans to expand.
Posted In: Shake Shack, CEOs, Fast-casual, restaurants
The original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, NY.

Randy Garutti on Shake Shack's 'accidental' start

The CEO talks about the chain's origins and shaking up the restaurant industry.
Posted In: Shake Shack, CEOs, restaurants

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