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

China devalued its currency, the yuan, this week.

Weekly Wrap: China's yuan and a 3rd Greece bailout

Catherine Rampell and Sudeep Reddy join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week in business and finance.
Posted In: Greece, China, Google, alphabet, crude oil
Investors monitor screens showing stock market movements at a brokerage house in Shanghai on Thursday. China has set a lower value for its yuan currency for the third straight day.

Devaluation in China continues

China has set a lower value for its yuan currency for the third straight day.
Posted In: China, yuan, currency, devaluation
The new drink — HefeWheaties — will be available only in Minneapolis in the next two weeks.

You can now shotgun your favorite wheat cereal

Fulton Beer and Wheaties are teaming up to bring you breakfast with a higher than usual alcohol content level.
Posted In: cereal, beer, alcohol
Residue from the release of nearly 3 million gallons of mine wastewater sits on rocks in the Animas River on Tuesday in Durango, Colorado.

Contaminated river leaves businesses at a standstill

Rafting companies along the Animas are facing the effects of the mine spill.
Posted In: colorado, water contamination, Environment
New York-style pizza at a pizzeria in Manhattan.

Man eats way through NYC, one pizza slice at a time

'Slice Harvester' author celebrates the pie's 'utopia in your mouth.'
Posted In: pizza, New York, Food
One of the Financial Times' "Page not found" messages.

A twist on the 404 page error

The Financial Times has made some creative changes to the broken link.
Posted In: website, error, Internet
China's central bank on Tuesday devalued its yuan currency by nearly 2 percent against the U.S.  dollar, as authorities seek to push market reforms and bolster the world's second-largest economy.

China’s devaluation of the yuan presents challenges

Marketplace's Shanghai correspondent says the Chinese economy's failures are progress.
Posted In: China, yuan, devaluation, currency
Google is reorganizing itself.

Google heads for big changes

Alphabet becomes the holding company for the iconic search engine.
Posted In: Google, alphabet, restructuring

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