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

Google's European headquarters.

EU officials move to regulate US tech companies

Companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook would face tighter rules overseas.
Posted In: Google, Amazon, European Union, regulation

When should you rob a bank?

The guys behind "Freakonomics" answer that question and more in their new book.
Posted In: freakonomics, book, bank robbery, blog

The 'Deflategate' verdict is in

So the Pats all-but-surely did it, now what's the punishment?
Posted In: football, New England Patriots, deflategate

Microsoft put a new emoji in Windows 10

You could say it's a different type of bird.
Posted In: Microsoft, emojis, windows 10
ThreeBirdNest has become one of Etsy's most successful shops.

Making a living off an Etsy business

Online business ThreeBirdNest has taken flight.
Posted In: Etsy, Small Business, ecommerce, apparel, Retail
A drilling rig explores the Marcellus Shale.

Fracking chemicals found in Pennsylvania drinking water

Kai Ryssdal talks to Scott Tong about fracking chemicals found in drinking water
Posted In: sustainability, chemicals, fracking, Pennsylvania

A ban on fracking bans (no, you didn't misread that)

Texas is looking to ban local bans on fracking, and it's not alone.
Posted In: fracking, texas, oklahoma

Breaking down 'The Avengers' by screen time

Thor totally got the short straw.
The golden spongecake is making a comeback.

The rise, fall, and rise again of the Twinkie

Handling the Twinkie empire hasn't been a piece of cake.
Posted In: Twinkies, Hostess, junk food, bakery, bankruptcy
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

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