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 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, startup entrepreneurs, small business owners, and everyday participants in the American and global economies. He’s also interviewed the current leader of the free world four times and counting. 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.

Kai’s 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. He 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.  



Features by Kai Ryssdal

A North Korean soldier stands in the arrivals hall of Pyongyang's International airport on October 8, 2015.

North Korea's underground capitalism

One reporter's experience with capitalism in the dictatorship.
Posted In: North Korea, Captalism, solar power

Obama isn't fazed by buzzer, gives long speech anyway

President Obama went way over his time limit but didn't seem to care.
Posted In: climate change, President Obama, speech

Oscars 2015: The business behind the glitz and glamour

The newly-launched podcast 'The Awards Show Show' talks about the mayhem that ensues during Oscars season.
Posted In: Oscars, awards, academy awards, celebrity

Tom Steyer talks climate change and the 2016 election

The billionaire energy investor hasn't picked a favorite candidate yet.
Posted In: sustainability, 2016 election, climate change, clean energy, renewable energy
Study finds men eat more pizza at buffets in front of women than men.

Men eat more at buffets in front of women

A Cornell University study finds that men eat more in front of women than men.
Posted In: pizza, italian buffets, gender
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 13, 2015 in New York City.

Weekly Wrap: On Wall Street and beyond

Catherine Rampell and John Carney join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week that was.
Posted In: Wall Street, IPOs, recession

Why some companies are using algorithms for hiring

A new study suggests algorithms can help find employees who will stick around longer
Posted In: hiring, employment
Troy Carter speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 on September 23, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

Atom Factory's Troy Carter: 'Music sells everything but music'

The CEO of Atom Factory talks about his rise in the music and tech startup industries.
Posted In: Troy Carter, Music, Entertainment
Report finds that women will not receive equal pay globally for at least another century.

Women will achieve equal pay in 118 years, report says

According to a World Economic Forum report, women will receive equal pay globally by the year 2133.
Posted In: Wage gap, women, gender inequality

Economic hardship in Columbus, Mississippi

A look at how Columbus' economy is faring as part of our 'American Futures' series.
Posted In: poverty, Mississippi


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