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

People outside the Greek parliament on Tuesday.

Greeks see 'same culture' in new financial measures

Tonia Korka does not believe that the new measures will improve the Greek economy.
Posted In: Greece, greekcrisis, Greeks, optimism
In a driving experiment, two hackers were able to remotely control a Jeep Cherokee.

Imagine your car being hacked...while you're driving it

A new bill wants to protect you from this scenario.
Posted In: cars, auto industry, hackers
The job hiring process has become more comprehensive.

Getting hired today takes twice as long as in 2010

It's complicated. The screening process, that is.
Posted In: Jobs, interview, Glassdoor

Iran: Franchise frontier?

The queue is forming on McDonald's website for Tehran restaurants.
Posted In: Iran, Iran sanctions, nuclear weapons
The high seas are characterized by lawlessness, says New York Times reporter Ian Urbina.

The dark side of the ocean

Kai Ryssdal talks to New York Times reporter Ian Urbina about his investigative series.
Posted In: big ships, cargo, oceans
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses supporters during a political rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks says he thinks it's "destructive" for

Changing the perceptions of conservative politics

In his book, Arthur Brooks hopes to inject more optimism into political parties.
Posted In: politics, Conservativism, AEI, donald trump
A Tesla Model S.

Tesla offering upgrade with 'Ludicrous' speed

Get to your destination four-tenths of a second faster.
Posted In: tesla, driving, electric car

Weekly Wrap: Trading one financial meltdown for another

John Carney and Leigh Gallagher join us to recap the week in business and finance.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap

Greece's economic outlook, from the streets of Athens

More of our interviews on the ground in Greece.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greece, Eurozone, Greek
People walk through Syntagma Square. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal caught up with research associate Tonia Korka in Syntagma Squre to talk about how she's been coping in the job market.

Three jobs, a family and uncertainty

Tonia Korka has to juggle multiple jobs to support her family.
Posted In: Greece, greekcrisis, employment, family, lawyers


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