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



A different kind of pinup calendar & a few of NBC's favorite things

Kai's got a 2-for-1 deal today.
Posted In: cab drivers, sound of music

No cuts, no color, just blow-outs.

A simple idea that finds success in the world of affordable luxury.
Posted In: hair, beauty, blow-outs

East and West economies clash in Ukrainian protests

Protests continue in Ukraine over the government's refusal to join the European Union. A look at why the economy is at the heart of it all.
Posted In: ukraine, protests, European Union, Russia, Yanukovych

Major tech companies want government to ease up on the spying

Eight major tech companies have rallied against the NSA’s spying efforts in an openly published letter.
Posted In: nsa, spying, government, Tech

GM is no longer 'Government Motors'

The federal government is now officially out of the car business.
Posted In: GM, General Motors, auto bailout

Mandela's economic legacy for South Africa

The BBC's Buntu Williams on Nelson Mandela's economic legacy in South Africa.
Posted In: Nelson Mandela

Price tag on a new Lamborghini? 108 bitcoins.

You got $95,000 in Bitcoin?
Posted In: bitcoin, cars, Lamborghini

Weekly wrap: Good news in the jobs report? + #longreads

Heidi Moore from the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy join host Kai Ryssdal to look back at the week's business news and forward at where the economy is going after today's jobs report.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, Unemployment, jobs numbers, taper, stimulus

Kanye West: musician-turned-Silicon Valley entrepreneur?

Kanye West is seeking investors for a new agency he's created. But so far, potential investors are just interested in meeting with him, not giving him money.
Posted In: Kanye West, DONDA, Silicon Valley, venture capital

We all gave the TSA a half million dollars last year

Well that's nice of us.
Posted In: change, TSA, veterans


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