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

Feeding America's consumer appetite

Kai Ryssdal begins our series with a visit to the Port of Long Beach. You could say it's the mouth of a consumer economy that's getting hungrier and hungrier. He talks with the port's Art Wong about its continuing growth.

How much longer can we 'overshoot'?

Our population is consuming about 30% more trees, fish and fossil fuels than the planet can regenerate. How big a hole can we dig before we can't get out of it? Kai Ryssdal talks with Jared Diamond, a geography professor at UCLA.

Cell phones keep getting smarter

The iPhone goes on sale Friday in Germany and the U.K. So Kai Ryssdal thought it might be a good time to do a little smartphone tutorial for those in the market. He brought in Kevin Pereira from G4 television.
Posted In: Science

Bernanke: It'll get worse, then better

The Federal Reserve chairman gave his report on the economy to a congressional committee today. What did he say that we could understand? Kai Ryssdal plays translator.
Posted In: Economy

Latin America commitment lagging

During the 2000 campaign George Bush promised to make Latin America a fundamental commitment of his presidency. In his new book, Andres Oppenheimer of The Miami Herald says that commitment's been honored mostly in the breach. He talked with Kai Ryssdal.

Pakistan army is deep into business

While protests against Pakistan's state of emergency continue, the country's army remains in firm control of businesses worth an estimated $40 billion -- about 10% of the economy. The Rand Corporation's Seth Jones spoke with Kai Ryssdal about the army's unique spot in Pakistan's society.

Borrowers often hit by dubious fees

University of Iowa associate professor Katherine Porter has found that many homeowners in foreclosure who file for bankruptcy protection still face fees from mortgage companies that often have no documented merit. She spoke with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Housing

Google plans to get inside your phone

Google announced today it is developing a free cell-phone software package so it can more easily put ads and services before the eyeballs of people who aren't in front of a PC. The Wall Street Journal's Kevin Delaney talked about it with Kai Ryssdal.

Pumpkin tax hits like pie in the face

The Iowa Department of Revenue has decided pumpkins sold for decoration and not eating should be taxed. Kai Ryssdal talked to pumpkin-patch operator Bob Kautz about the decision and the slice it's taken from his profits.

Letters from our listeners

Kai Ryssdal reviews some of the letters we've received about our coverage and commentaries on, among other things, the farm bill, Oregon voters, books on tape in Atlanta, and the Boston Red Sox.


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