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

Havana Club rum is back

Bacardi will relaunch its Havana Club brand in the States for first time since the US embargoed Cuba. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Miami Herald reporter Elaine Walker about the trademark ruling that allowed it — and what it could mean for other companies.

Short-lived celebration on Wall Street

As <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/shows/2006/08/04/PM200608046.html">promised</a>, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Dallas stockbroker David Johnson about the Fed's decision not to raise short-term interest rates.
Posted In: Wall Street

A conversation with 'Boss Hog'

Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal talks to Harley-Davidson CEO Jim Ziemer about his rise from shop floor to corner office.

Maintaining Harley-Davidson's allure

James Ziemer runs motorcycle-maker Harley-Davidson. In the latest of our Conversations from the Corner Office, he tells host Kai Ryssdal why his company's bikes have remained an American icon.

Keeping your cool

The heat wave continues across much of the United States. Kai finds out how ordinary folks are stretching their energy dollars. Quilts, anyone?

Money Matters: Breaking up with a broker

You buy a stock. Your broker gets a commission no matter if the stock dips or doubles. Some say it is time to change that system. Kai sits down with securities lawyer Bill Singer.

Debt collectors' new tactics

It's not about the big debts anymore. Companies now want consumers to pony up even if the debt is small. Kai talks with Walter Robinson of the Boston Globe about the changing business of debt collection.

Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal talks with Dallas stockbroker David Johnson about the week on Wall Street and what's ahead for the markets.
Posted In: Wall Street

Cycling reels from doping scandals

As Tour de France winner Floyd Landis waits to find out if he'll be stripped of his title, host Kai Ryssdal talks with business of sports analyst Diana Nyad about whether sports can win the battle against doping.
Posted In: Sports

Post-9/11 group: It's up to you, New York

The agency charged with rebuilding Lower Manhattan after 9/11 says it's closing up shop. So what happens to the World Trade Center site and other projects? Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Amy Scott.
Posted In: New York


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