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 twice – once 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

Floyd Mayweather is expected to earn $120 million from the match against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday.

Floyd Mayweather will likely earn $120 million Saturday

That's more than some big companies earned in profits last year.
Posted In: Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, boxing, Earnings
The Federal Reserve building

Weekly wrap: GDP, the Federal Reserve and Greece

Sudeep Reddy and Catherine Rampell join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week in business and finance.
Posted In: Greece, Federal Reserve, GDP
Tesla CEO Elon Musk showcases a suite of batteries for homes, businesses and utilities at the Tesla Design Studio on Thursday in Hawthorne, California.

Tesla's Powerwall isn't for everyone ... yet

Tesla's new home battery may be ahead of its time.
Posted In: tesla, sustainability, battery, energy

Microsoft wants to guess your age

It's a new facial recognition tool, and so far it's pretty flattering.

A warehouse dash with Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway combines data and fashion to create a multi-million dollar empire.
Warren Buffett performs onstage at the 2014 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit on October 15, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Warren Buffett serenades shareholders

Warren Buffett sang to Coca-Cola shareholders at company meeting
Posted In: Warren Buffett, Coke, Music
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will take on the role of senior adviser at Pimco.

Bernanke passes through the 'revolving door'

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has a new job at Pimco.
Posted In: Ben Bernanke, PIMCO, Federal Reserve, Citadel

Warren Buffett on Jamie Dimon as Treasury Secretary, the fiscal cliff, and taxes

From the archives: You know who’s not worried about the fiscal cliff? Buffett.
Posted In: Warren Buffett, fiscal cliff, Jamie Dimon

The Orioles will play in an empty stadium this week

Amid riots, Wednesday's game against the White Sox will be closed to the public.
Posted In: baseball, Baltimore, MLB
The NFL will end its non-profit tax-exempt status.

NFL gives up tax-exempt status

A little more money for the government, less transparency about executive pay.
Posted In: business of sports, national football league, NFL, tax exempt

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