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 also interviewed the 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.

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.  



Features by Kai Ryssdal

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: The future runs on batteries

Tesla CEO Elon Musk keeps going, and going and going...
Posted In: tesla, Elon Musk, Space X
Republican presidential candidates participate in the presidential debates at the Reagan Library in September 2015 in Simi Valley, California. The New York Times says that a concentration of 158 families have donated millions of dollars to presidential ca

Most campaign money is coming from 158 families

Super PAC donations are largely coming from older white men leaning right.
Posted In: president, republican, political donations

Tesla's Elon Musk: cars, design and those falcon doors

The CEO talks about the future of his electric car company.
Posted In: Elon Musk, tesla, Space X
ABC’s “Blood & Oil” stars Amber Valletta as Carla Briggs, Don Johnson as Hap Briggs, Chace Crawford as Billy Lefever and Rebecca Rittenhouse as Cody Lefever.

"Blood & Oil" inspired by North Dakota's Bakken fields

An '1894 Gold Rush set in the middle of the prairie.'
Posted In: Bakken oil field, television, big oil
House Speaker John Boehner walks to the House Chamber on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Weekly Wrap: the House, Fed minutes and the TPP

Catherine Rampell and John Carney join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week that was.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, Fed minutes, House of Representatives
U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks during a news conference following the weekly House GOP conference meeting at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill.

What congressional uncertainty means for the economy

The race for speaker comes at a time of budget and debt-limit decisions.
Posted In: Congress, House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy
Dell may be merging with EMC.

Possible Dell and EMC merger on the horizon

EMC is one of the original developers of what is now known as cloud computing.
Posted In: Dell, EMC, mergers


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