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

Good weather drives corn prices to record low

Surpluses put corn prices at a four-year low. Can farmers sell it all?
Posted In: Agriculture, ethanol, corn
Maiquetia international airport

A Venezuelan airport is charging for air. Yes, air.

The international airport in Caracas, Venezuela, is now charging for air.
Posted In: Air, air conditioning, airport, venezuela
Espirito Santo Bank

Weekly Wrap: The most interesting man at the Fed

Another European debt crisis and dueling speakers at the Federal Reserve.

How a 19-year-old started the Rollerblade revolution

Scott Olson talks about putting America on wheels when he was just a teenager.
Posted In: innovation, rollerblades, hockey, speed skating

Don't call it a Crumback

Share prices skyrocketed over rumors of a revived Crumbs Bake Shop.
Posted In: Crumbs, cupcakes, Final Note

What Cleveland's winter did to a local toy store

The hard winter doesn't skip toy stores. Now, it's bouncing back.
Posted In: Small Business, weather, comeback

NCAA president advocates "scholarships for life"

Mark Emmert defended the NCAA model...while proposing some changes.

Google deleted a BBC reporter's article. Is it right?

Google can delete articles from its search engine under a new ruling.
Posted In: Google

Golden Road bets big on craft beer

A trip to a fast growing brewery in Los Angeles, Golden Road Brewing.
Posted In: craft beer, local business, interview

Why American Apparel is no longer sexy

Pausing our regularly scheduled host-blogging for something a little different.
Posted In: American Apparel, Dov Charney


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