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

The Nasdaq composite index in New York City.

Weekly Wrap: Nasdaq, Greece and Comcast

Kai's weekly chat about the week in business news.
Posted In: Greece, Comcast, Time Warner, NASDAQ
It would take lots and lots of these to print out the Internet.

How much paper would it take to print the Internet?

U.K. college students calculated how much paper it would take to print the Internet.
Posted In: Internet, Wikipedia, printing, paper

CinemaCon: Where Hollywood entices theater owners

The star-studded, news-breaking film industry convention is for insiders only.
Posted In: film, movies, film industry, the hollywood reporter
Floyd Mayweather (L) and Manny Pacquiao pose together at the end of the press conference promoting their upcoming fight on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The business behind the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

Years in the making, the match is set to bring in some serious cash.
Posted In: boxing, Las Vegas, MGM, Sports

Time Warner Cable's CEO could be out $80 million

If the Comcast merger collapses, Robert Marcus will lose a huge exit package.
An up-close look at Airbnb's wall timeline.

Checking in with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky talks about the company's (somewhat unexpected) success.
Posted In: airbnb, start-up, hotels
Amazon is coming out with a car trunk delivery program.

Soon Amazon will deliver to the trunk of your car

...if you drive an Audi, have Prime and live in Munich.
Posted In: Amazon, Germany, cars, audi

Emoticon creator says emoji are :-/

Scott Fahlman still prefers the textual simplicity of :-)
Posted In: emojis, emoticons, artificial intelligence

Spoofing: An explanation using bananas

Marketplace Editor Paddy Hirsch explains "spoofing"
Posted In: bananas, fraud, commodities
The avian flu has infected millions of hens at a farm in Iowa.

Trouble on the chicken farm

The avian flu has infected millions of hens in Iowa.
Posted In: chicken, poultry, eggs, bird flu, outbreak, farm

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