Kai Ryssdal has been the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy, since 2005. He joined American Public Media in 2001 as the host of Marketplace Morning Report.

Ryssdal began in public radio as a intern, then reporter and finally substitute host for The California Report at KQED-FM in San Francisco. After graduating from Emory University, Ryssdal spent eight years in the United States Navy flying from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and as a Pentagon staff officer. Before his career in public radio, Ryssdal was a member of the United States Foreign Service in Ottawa, Canada and Beijing, China.

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

Higher. Faster. More extreme?

The Winter Olympics are nearly here, and athletes are raking in the endorsement money. As business of sports analyst Ed Derse explained, the big money is going to athletes in the new Olympic sports.
Posted In: Sports

Horsetrading in D.C.

Host Kai Ryssdal spoke to Marketplace's DC Bureau Chief John Dimsdale about the various deals members of Congress are cutting to ensure funding for pet projects.

Essay Test

Posted In: China

Shining the spotlight on hedcuts

The Wall Street Journal doesn't put photos on its front page; instead, it uses sketches known as "hedcuts." Now the Smithsonian has a special exhibit on hedcuts, and host Kai Ryssdal spoke to curator Anne Goodyear about it.

David Johnson is cold

They're not used to nippy temps down in Dallas, and as David Johnson told Kai, it's wreaking havoc and driving up natural gas heating bills... but none of it is enough to fully thaw out the market.
Posted In: Wall Street

Tax cuts; where will they come from?

The House is set to pass another round of tax cuts today, but spending cuts will only make up half of the budget shortfall. Kai Ryssdal spoke to Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale about the cuts.

Ground truth and consequences

The president spoke today about the economy in Iraq and progress in cities like Mosul and Najaf. Borzou Daragahi, reporting from Baghdad for the LA Times, says there's a reason the president chose those two cities.

Numbers that confuse us

Today the Mortgage Bankers Association reported home refinancings are up. At the same time, though, so are mortgage interest rates. This puzzled us, so Kai talked to Nick Retsinas at Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Prius envy

By next year, hybrid car sales could make up 10% of the 2 million midsize cars sold annually in the US. But consumers can be fickle... like writer and commentator Dave Marcus.

We get letters...

We got some great ones this week, on topics ranging from how to spend $40 million, what foods are made better by ketchup, and why giving cash as a gift is a total cop-out.


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