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

Snow on wages

US Treasury Secy. John Snow says the widening gap between high-paid and low-paid Americans shows how the nation's efficient labor market rewards more-productive workers. Kai Ryssdal speaks with John Dimsdale about Snow's remarks.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal talks with Kim Clark, personal finance columnist for U.S. News and World Report, about the week on Wall Street and what's ahead for the markets.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Iraq War numbers

Monday marks the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Kai Ryssdal looks at some statistics three years into the conflict.

Charles Schwab: Putting himself out front

Kai Ryssdal talks with Charles Schwab about the evolution of the discount brokerage business and how he came to be the face of the company.
Posted In: Investing

Oil profits and energy security

The Bush Administration wants China and India to go along with its and the UN's efforts to isolate Iran over its nuclear program, but it can't get Iranian oil out of the geopolitics. Guy Dinmore of the Financial Times discusses the situation with Kai Ryssdal.

Blue-collar blues

Hourly workers with children often struggle to balance job requirements and family needs. Putting family first can sometimes cost them a job. A new report says this is more common than expected, and businesses would be wise to change their policies. Hillary Wicai reports.

Foreign investment fears

In the past year, a Chinese company's plan to purchase an American oil company was scuttled by Congress. Now the Dubai Ports deal appears to be dead. Kai talks with Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, about what sort of fears drove the demise of both deals.

The Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal speaks to Dallas stockbroker David Johnson about the week on Wall Street.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

US-Indian nuclear deal

It's not often you hear about nuclear power being used to reduce political tension between two countries. But that's the way today's deal between the US and India is being spun. President Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed the agreement this morning. The United States will help India develop its civilian nuclear power program.

The new Indian consumer

President Bush is in India this week on his first-ever presidential visit to the country. Kai Ryssdal will speak with Scott Bayman, the president of GE in India, about the new Indian consumer.


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