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

On Valentine's, saying "#LOVE" with candy hearts

NECCO has been selling those candy hearts for more than 100 years.
Posted In: Valentine's Day, candy, NECCO

Chinese have their own Internet censorship song

"An Internet power: Tell the world that the Chinese dream is uplifting China."
Posted In: China, internet censorship, cyber security
David Cross at the New Yorker Festival, 2011.

David Cross releases film on 'pay what you want' basis

"Hits" premieres on BitTorrent, the service known for piracy.
Posted In: film, film industry, kickstarter, bittorrent
The Atibainha River dam is part of the Sao Paulo's Cantareira system of dams, which supplies water to 45% of the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo and its 20 million people.

Brazil is facing its worst drought in a century

Schoolkids are told not to brush their teeth, and rationing may be on the horizon.
Posted In: brazil, drought, groundwater
Chickens on a farm north of Cairo.

12 crazy facts about chickens, and then some

At any one time, 20 billion chickens are alive and squawking on our planet.
Posted In: chickens, Vatican, farms, livestock
Preparing to enter a Costco store in Alhambra, California.

Average Costco customer makes six figures

Barely. Guess it takes a wee bit of money to buy in bulk.
A person tests a Toyota three-wheeled electric-powered car named the I-Road in Grenoble, during the presentation of a full electric car-sharing service.

Why 3-wheeled cars never caught on

They're not as safe and don't haul as much as a common auto with four wheels.
Posted In: cars, motrocycles, automobiles

Boston's massive snowfall brings in business

This winter is one of the snowiest ever. and some are cashing in.
Posted In: snow, boston, storms
A teacher at work in her third-grade class in Chicago.

British publisher cashes in on American education

Pearson makes money, even without results, off America's obsession with academics.
Posted In: Education, standardized tests, textbooks


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