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.  

 

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Features by Kai Ryssdal

Rob Ninkovich, defensive end for the New England Patriots.

Treasure those Roman numerals while you can

Up next year: Super Bowl 50, because "Super Bowl L" wasn't pleasing to the eye.
Posted In: Super Bowl, roman numerals

There's no such thing as nacho cheese

Serving it on game day? Remember this: Nacho cheese is whatever you want it to be.
Posted In: cheese, Super Bowl
Department of Sanitation employee Dennis Stacks helps rotate the plow of a salt truck before it clears the snow in New York City.

Guess everything costs more in New York City

... including snow and ice removal, which averages $1.8 million per inch. Say what?
Posted In: snow, New York City
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks with a reporter during a 2013 event at Facebook headquarters.

Change comes to Facebook one hire at a time

How company's global director of diversity is trying to live up to her job title.
Posted In: diversity, Facebook, workplace diversity, Silicon Valley
Taylor Swift performs in New York City.

Taylor Swift, trademark diva

You can 'Party Like It's 1989,' but Taylor Swift owns the rights to it, and more.
Posted In: Taylor Swift, trademarks, music industry
The Maytag plant in Reynosa, Mexico.

Inside the migration of the Maytag factory

Author Chad Broughton’s “Boom, Bust, Exodus” looks at globalization from both sides of the border.
Posted In: Mexico, factories, Maytag

Tell us what the economy feels like to you

There's a lot of talk about how the economy is improving. We want your story.
Posted In: elections, user-generated content
Can an air-thin price increase even be felt at the pump? A customer at a San Francisco service station.

Looking for meaning in a fractional gas price increase

For first time in four months, an average gallon goes up – from $2.033 to $2.038.
Posted In: oil prices, gas prices
David Koch.

Koch brothers' 2016 war chest is $889 million

They are funding a network of political groups gearing up to influence election.
Posted In: campaign finance, Koch brothers, fundraising
A city worker grooms a pile of road salt in Chicago.

Cost of melting icy roads ... is heating up

In New York, the price is up 27 percent from last year.
Posted In: road salt, winter, snow

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