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

Host Anthony Bourdain speaks on stage during the DC Central Kitchen's Capital Food Fight event in November, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Drunken email wins over Anthony Bourdain

How to win over a potential investor? One man got drunk.
Posted In: Final Note, investors, Anthony Bourdain, cooking
An Indian man washes his face at a roadside tap during rising temperatures in New Delhi. Hospitals in India battled Thursday to treat victims of a blistering heatwave that has claimed nearly 1,500 lives in just over a week—the highest number recorded in t

Heat wave death toll passes 1,000 in India

Streets are melting under intense 120 degree temperatures.
Posted In: India, heat waves, low-income
Executive Chairman and CEO of Viacom and CBS Corporation Sumner Redstone attends a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March, 2012 in Hollywood, California

Who's controlling Sumner Redstone's media empire?

Could the head of CBS and Viacom be headed for the great boardroom in the sky?
Posted In: viacom, CBS, Sumner Redstone
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter stands next to the World Cup trophy during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina.

Justice department moves on FIFA corruption

So far 14 have been indicted, but not longtime FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Posted In: soccer, football, Sports, FIFA

Taco Bell to go au naturale

The fast-food chain says it will be removing artificial flavoring and colors from its menu items.
Posted In: Taco Bell, menu, fast food, natural food
Stefen Wisniewski of the Oakland Raiders gets ready to hike the ball against the Arizona Cardinals in October 2014 in Oakland, California. The city of Carson announced that Goldman Sachs may financially back a stadium that could be shared by the Oakland R

Football, brought to you by Goldman Sachs

The company has secured money for 30 stadiums over the years.
Posted In: football, Goldman Sachs, stadiums

Texas floods have business owners singing the blues

One business owner shares her story.
Posted In: texas, floods, businesses
Snake person Ellie Goulding poses for a selfie with fans at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.

Chrome extension turns word 'millennials' into 'snake people'

You can now save your eyes from the dreaded term "millennials."
Posted In: Chrome, millennials, snakes
Author Chuck Palahniuk at a reading in 2009 in New York City.

Shhh ... we're talking about Fight Club

We're breaking the rules to talk about the sequel to Fight Club.
Posted In: authors, marketing, comic books

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