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.  

 

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Features by Kai Ryssdal

Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, speaks at The Economic Club of in New York City.

The bond market does what it wants

The 10-year Treasury note didn't care much about the Fed's statement.
Posted In: Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve, treasury
Doctors from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland transplant a kidney from a living donor into the patient recipient.

An algorithm that matches kidney patients and donors

Stanford economics professor's formula has helped save a lot of lives.
Posted In: kidneys, surgery, algorithm
A general view of Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, during a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cardinals in St. Louis, Missouri.

FBI, DOJ probe St. Louis Cardinals

Investigators are looking at whether the baseball team hacked the Houston Astros.
Posted In: Cardinals, baseball, cheating
Avocado consumption has been increasing every year since 2010.

U.S. avocado consumption is ripe

We take a look at what the peak market means for farmers and the industry.
Posted In: avocado, Agriculture, Mexico, cartels
Former Republican Governor of Florida Jeb Bush announces his candidacy for the 2016 Presidential elections at Miami Dade College on Monday in Miami, Florida.

Welcome to the party, Jeb

Bush announced his presidential bid ... and apparent obsession with 'Die Hard.'
Posted In: president, jeb bush, film
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for an audience with the participants at the Convention of Rome Diocese at St Peter's square on Sunday at the Vatican.

The Pope's thoughts on climate change are leaked

An Italian magazine publishes a 192-page draft that calls for 'urgent action.'
Posted In: pope francis, climate change, Vatican
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square, Inc. and Chairman of Twitter, holds an event in London in November 2014 where he announced the launch of the Square Register mobile application.

Jack Dorsey: Twitter co-founder, Square CEO, punk

Dorsey founded two multi-billion dollar businesses ... and he isn't 40 yet.
Posted In: Twitter, Square, Jack Dorsey
Matthew Broderick attends the The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Honors Nathan Lane With 15th Annual Monte Cristo Award in April, 2015 in New York City.

Ferris Bueller's day off was 30 years ago

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
Posted In: movie, Ferris Bueller, baseball
People walk into a Board of Governors meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C.

Weekly Wrap: Jobs report, Federal Reserve and Grexit

John Carney and Leigh Gallagher join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week in business and finance.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, Grexit, jobs report, Federal Reserve
Actor Thomas Middleditch attends the premiere of HBO's 'Silicon Valley' second season at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

Who we're watching in 'Silicon Valley'

Thomas Middleditch, aka Richard Hendricks, talks about his programmer persona.
Posted In: Silicon Valley, HBO, television

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