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

Judd Apatow on his band of comedians and radio roots

His interviews are compiled in a new book, "Sick in the Head."
Posted In: Entertainment, comedy, Jay Leno
Good Humor ice cream trucks will hit the road again after more than about 40 years.

Good Humor rolling out ice cream trucks for tour

Tweets, not rings, will herald the arrival of the vehicles.
Posted In: ice cream, Twitter, social media

Facial Recognition: An Eventuality

Tracking technology companies will "ask for forgiveness, not permission."
Posted In: facial recognition, marketplace, interview, kai ryssdal, Ben Johnson, profile, technology

Bernanke wants Andrew Jackson gone from $20 bill

The former Fed chairman thinks Alexander Hamilton should stay put on the $10 bill.
Posted In: dollar bill, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, women, Ben Bernanke
Stephanie Savage is the creator behind ABC's new series "The Astronaut Wives Club," adapted from Lily Koppel's book "The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story."

Stephanie Savage and 'The Astronaut Wives Club'

Stephanie Savage created "Gossip Girl." Her latest project is 'The Astronaut Wives Club."
Posted In: Stephanie Savage, The Astronaut Wives Club, tv, abc, novel, interview

The Greeks are getting tired of crisis talks

Marketplace's Stephen Beard talks to people in Greece about the economic crisis.
Posted In: Greece, Grexit, crisis, greekcrisis

Fitbit goes public without breaking a sweat

Share prices surged early Thursday after the fitness tracker hit the floor.
Posted In: FitBit, Wall Street, IPO, tech stocks, wearable tech
You can now own this for $1.09. At least, 1/64th of it.

Mattel wheeling out miniature Tesla Model S

As part of its Hot Wheels brand, Mattel is coming out with a miniature Tesla Model S.
Posted In: cars, Collectibles, Mattel

Closing the 710 freeway gap

A look at one of Los Angeles County’s most persistent infrastructure controversies.
Posted In: infrastructure, highways, california

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