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

Franchising pies without losing the secret ingredient

LA chain the Pie Hole wrestles with expanding while remaining authentic.
Posted In: local business, franchises, pies, Small Business
A foreclosure sign

When foreclosure cases drag on for years

Homeowners may find themselves living mortgage-free for life
Posted In: mortgage crisis, home ownership, banking

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney on pushing boundaries and his biggest weakness

In this next installment of ConJan versations from the Corner Office, American Apparel CEO Dov Charney talks about his plans for the future.
Posted In: American Apparel, Dov Charney

Dov Charney seeks $40 million in lawsuit

Earlier this week, the now former CEO of American Apparel, Dov Charney, decided to move forward with a $40 million wrongful termination lawsuit against the company he founded.
Posted In: American Apparel, Dov Charney, Silicon Valley

FanDuel: Where fantasy draft day is everyday

Nigel Eccles' company is cashing in without making fantasy fans commit to a season
Posted In: Sports, fantasy sports

Live-streaming comes to the smartphone era

Periscope, Meerkat, YouNow and others have ushered in a new "wild west."
Posted In: live stream, meerkat, streaming video, Twitter, periscope
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal leaves investments and budgeting to his wife.

Kai Ryssdal on passing along the financial genes

Kai Ryssdal doesn't like to think about money. So his wife handles it.
Posted In: parenting, teenagers, Personal Finance, New York Times

Meet the pen Obama uses to sign bills

A.T. Cross supplies all of the official White House pens.
Posted In: President Obama, Obamacare, handwriting


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