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

Weekly Wrap: Inflation, Greece and IPOs

Kai's weekly chat about the week in business news.

"Jeopardy!" tried to sponsor a mustache

Leaked emails show Sony was looking for "Official Razor of Alex Trebek's Mustache"
Posted In: Jeopardy, sony hacks, Sony, mustache

From "promposal" to dress, everything must be unique

Stores track who's wearing what so that there are no repeats come prom night.
Posted In: prom, high school, consumer spending, fashion

Etsy CEO: Leading a country of commerce

Chad Dickerson talks about heading up the internet's largest artisan marketplace.
Posted In: Etsy, artisans, vintage

Smile! We're analyzing how you're feeling using videos

Affectiva is using video footage to gauge emotional reactions.
Posted In: advertising, technology, video

Etsy's CEO wore all Etsy for the first day of trading

The crafty commerce site ended the day at $30 a share.
Posted In: Etsy, IPO, crafts, Craftsy

China's growing at (just) 7 percent

The world's fastest-growing economy is pumping the brakes.
Posted In: China, GDP, China growth, economic growth

Diamonds: pricey, but not valuable

"Freakonomics" author Stephen Dubner explains what keeps diamonds valuable.
Posted In: freakonomics, diamonds, jewelry
Heavy snow has affected restaurant revenues in Boston.

Fun facts from the Beige Book

The Federal Reserve released its eight-times-a-year regional look at the American economy.
Posted In: Beige Book, Federal Reserve
Equal Pay Day serves as a reminder of the wage gap that exists between men and women.

A look at the gender wage gap across the US

Data show varying levels of pay disparity between men and women across the U.S.
Posted In: pay gap, gender, data


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