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 also interviewed the leader of the free world four times and counting.  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

A view of the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mississippi River basin gets D+ grade

The report cited failing infrastructure and concerns about water security.
Posted In: Mississippi River, Transportation, petroleum
The U.S. Federal Reserve building.

Weekly Wrap: Interest rates, tax reform and big banks

David Gura and Catherine Rampell join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week that was.
Posted In: Taxes, Federal Reserve, interest rates
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks to the media after the CNBC Republican presidential debate Wednesday.

RNC retreating from NBC

Plus, ESPN is shutting down Grantland.
Posted In: Grantland, Republican National Committee
People walk past the Alma Mater statute on the Columbia University campus.

How anxious people are feeling about student loans

Some feel debt is worth it if it means better opportunities.
Posted In: student loans, college, debt
A mother carries her son on a street in Shanghai.

Will the end of China's one-child rule help the economy?

A look at what two-child families means for the country.
Posted In: China, children, global economy
One study states that dozens have prematurely died as a result of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

The human price of the Volkswagen emissions scandal

It's cost billions of dollars and dozens of lives.
Posted In: Volkswagen, Scandal, pollution
Gloria Steinem speaks onstage as AOL's MAKERS celebrates Gloria Steinem's new book "My Life On The Road" in New York City.

Gloria Steinem looks back on her life

The feminist icon reflects on what inspired her fight for women's equality.
Posted In: feminism, Gloria Steinem, activism
A job seeker meets with a recruiter during a career fair in San Francisco, California.

What if you lost your job?

We talked to people in Albuquerque, New Mexico, about job security.
Posted In: Marketplace-Edison Economic Anxiety Poll, Anxiety Index, anxiety, employment

Why Chase is the latest to get into mobile payments

The bank is joining a crowded space with Apple, Google and Samsung.
Posted In: Chase, mobile payments
Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Urban Meyer on coaching football ... and life

The elite college coach wants you to apply his locker room lessons off the field.
Posted In: football, Ohio, coaching


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