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.  



Features by Kai Ryssdal

Participants compete during the ethical hacking contest Insomni'hack on March 21, 2014 in Geneva.

Being a competitive coding jock has its perks

Opportunities include job offers from Silicon Valley companies.
Posted In: coding, competitiveness, Sports, technology, Wall Street, Silicon Valley

Fred Savage on-screen again for 'The Grinder'

The actor turned director-producer talks about the four pillars of his work ethic.
Posted In: Entertainment Industry, television
Domino's CEO J. Patrick Doyle stands in front of the car the Monaghan brothers used to deliver pizzas when they opened up their first Domino's Pizza, then called DomiNicks, in 1960.

Domino's CEO Patrick Doyle: Tech with a side of pizza

The CEO talks about tossing out the old and embracing the bold.
Posted In: Domino's, patrick doyle, pizza, business, Tech
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal with Domino's CEO Patrick Doyle just outside the entrance of the tech wing at the Domino's World Resource Center.

Domino's Patrick Doyle on making a 'perfect pepperoni'

The CEO talks about reinvigorating the pizza chain.
Posted In: CEOs, Domino's, pizza
There's a no-drone zone around the Pope's destinations during his visit to the U.S.

The Pope, drones and a few regulations

The pope's visit inadvertently calls attention to drone regulations.
Posted In: drones, FAA, pope

Pope's U.S. trip brings about new emojis

There's one for each of the locations he's visiting.
Posted In: Final Note, pope, pope francis, emojis
We're increasingly relying on computers and robots, but we aren't reaching Terminator levels quite yet.

Is this the rise of the robots? Probably not

Pedro Domingos' book 'The Master Algorithm' explores technology and our future.
Posted In: algorithm, technology, virtual, future

What's going on with Twitter?

The hard-to-define company still hasn't picked a permanent CEO.
Posted In: Twitter, Jack Dorsey, CEOs


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