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

Flores-Roux is a nose ahead in the perfume business

Give a little citrus, lavender and stink to the lab, and you get atomized magic.
Posted In: perfume, perfumery
Airbnb Co-Founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks onstage during 'Generation Next' at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 9, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Brian Chesky of Airbnb on "the worst idea ever"

Who knew people would be game to open up their homes to strangers?
Posted In: airbnb, ceo, sharing economy

How volatile is the market? Let's consult the VIX

We ask Robert Whaley, the father of the index, what all that 'noise' is about.
Posted In: VIX, stock market, market volatility
Wang Tao, a fruit vendor in Shanghai.

No worries on China's streets

The country's economy is one of the fastest-growing in the world.
Posted In: China, stock markets, street vendors

Freakonomics and end-of-life health care

Glorious Sunset offers cash instead of care for terminally ill. Theoretically.
Posted In: health care, end of life care, illness
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday in New York City. As the global economy continues to react from events in China, markets dropped significantly around the world on Monday.

The stock market freaks out ... but you don't have to

Listeners are handling the chaos a whole lot better than the media, ahem.
Posted In: stock market, China, shares
Josh 'The Fat Jew' Ostrovsky attending a movie premiere in New York City last year.

Joke stealing is no laughing matter

Some are making money tweeting others' material. That breaks a comedian code.
Posted In: comedy, jokes, copyright, copyright law

Repeat after me: This is not 2008

The data aren't credit-bubblishious, but right now, they don't look so good.
Posted In: stock market, Dow Jones, 2008, China

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