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 three times and counting – twice 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

 Tom Cruise poses with fans as he arrives for the "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" World Press Tour.

Tom Cruise embarks on another Mission Impossible

Is the actor still bankable in the fifth round of the franchise?
Posted In: celebrity, sequels, film

Uber will tell you your passenger rating now

You score drivers and they score you. Can you beat Kai's score?
Posted In: Uber, sharing economy, ratings

Lebanon copes with garbage crisis and sustainability

After a stinking week, disposal resumes in Beirut, but will the solution last?
Posted In: lebanon, Beirut, garbage, waste disposal, recycling
A banner with the logo of Twitter is set on the front of the New York Stock Exchange.

Twitter's earnings report in one tweet

The social media site isn't doing too bad for itself.
Posted In: Twitter, revenue, growth
Aerial view of the Maracanã Complex, a Rio 2016 Olympic Games venue

Rio de Janeiro adapts as it prepares for the 2016 Olympics

Rio de Janeiro has changed since it agreed to host the Olympics.
Posted In: brazil, Olympics, Rio de Janeiro
An American Airlines jet taxis on the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

New York to rebuild LaGuardia Airport

The renovations will cost billions.
Posted In: Andrew Cuomo, airports, construction
Oil pumps in operation at an oilfield near central Los Angeles.

Crude oil is plunging ... again

The cost is at a 4-month low. What's going on?
Posted In: crude oil, OPEC, barrel of oil

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