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

Warner Music goes on the road

Warner Music posted a greater-than-expected quarterly loss today, and its shares fell about 3%. But the music label is fighting back. Music industry consultant Ted Cohen gives the details to Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Entertainment

Chrysler makes surprising CEO choice

Chrysler's choice of Bob Nardelli as its new CEO is turning some heads, given the way he was shown the door at Home Depot. Kai Ryssdal talks with Jeff Sonnenfeld at the Yale School of Management about the move.
Posted In: Auto

Rocking the video-game world

The video game "Guitar Hero" from Activision has struck a chord with gamers and given market leader Electronic Arts something to fret about. Kevin Periera of G4 television has been taking notes.

The week on Wall Street

Bob Moon talks to analyst David Johnson about what happened on Wall Street this week.
Posted In: Wall Street

A deeper look at U.S. infrastructure

While recovery efforts continue at the bridge collapse in Minneapolis, White House finger-pointing ensues. But problems with infrastructure are nothing new. Kai Ryssdal talks to Rod Diridon of the Minetta Transportation Institute.

U.S. still a good sport towards China

Despite problems with tainted imports, the U.S. still wants to do business in China, and is doing so increasingly through sports. Kai Ryssdal talks to business of sports commentator Diana Nyad.
Posted In: Canada, Sports

Demystifying business in China

Westerners setting up shop in China will have their perceptions, but doing business there may be different than they expect. Shanghai bureau chief Scott Tong talks to Kai Ryssdal about what he's learned.
Posted In: Canada

Legal fees grease News Corp deal

Bancroft family members unsure about the News Corp deal realized today that they'd be on the hook for legal fees if things fell through. Kai Ryssdal talks about the change of heart with Aline Van Duyn of the Financial Times.
Posted In: Wall Street

Would the world miss us?

If people disappeared from the planet tomorrow, nature would work fast to dismantle most anything man-made. Kai Ryssdal ponders a humanless world with Alan Weisman, author of "The World Without Us."
Posted In: Books

U.S. shrimping still endangered

The FDA may have banned the import of Chinese shrimp, but it still doesn't help the rapidly declining American shrimping industry. Kai Ryssdal talks to Bob Jones, the executive director of the Southeastern Fisheries Association.
Posted In: Health


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