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

President Obama sits down with Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal to discuss future trade agreements.

President Obama says China open to joining trade partnership

Kai sits down with the POTUS to discuss TPP and the future of international trade.
Posted In: trade, free trade, trade agreements

A Boeing 747 pilot writes a love letter to flight

Chatting with Mark Vanhoenacker about his book "Skyfaring: A Journey With a Pilot"
Posted In: air travel, airplane, pilots, Boeing
FIFA President Sepp Blatter holds a press conference at the headquarters of the world's football governing body in Zurich on Tuesday. Blatter resigned as president of FIFA as a mounting corruption scandal engulfed world football's governing body.

Freshly re-elected Sepp Blatter leaves FIFA

Sepp Blatter is taking a permanent timeout from FIFA.
Posted In: FIFA, resign, World Cup, soccer, bribery
The headquarters of JPMorgan Chase in Park Avenue, New York.

JPMorgan Chase to eliminate voicemail

The finance firm joins the rest of us in modern day.
Posted In: JP Morgan Chase, telecommunications, corporate

Now there really is a start-up for everything

A trash moving company will save you the trouble of walking to your curb.
Posted In: garbage, start-up, San Francisco
The "Entourage" crew reunites for the television show's big screen debut.

People paid $10,000 to get one woman to see 'Entourage'

Wendy Molyneux crowd-funded the campaign to support children's cancer research.
Posted In: crowd-funding, cancer research, movie
Bangladeshi relatives of missing garment workers take part in a protest marking the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 24, 2014. The Rana Plaza building collapsed on April 24, 2013, killing 1,138 workers in

42 charged two years after Bangladesh factory collapse

17 face murder charges; the owner allegedly ignored safety warnings.
Posted In: Bangladesh, factory workers, disaster
 Low water levels are visible at the Los Capitancillos Recharge Ponds in April, 2015 in San Jose, California.

California's snowpack has run out

California's runoff water from snowpack is at zero percent of normal. As in zero. As in none.
Posted In: Final Note, snowpack, california, drought
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

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