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

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble arrives for a weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

German finance minister offers Greece for Puerto Rico

Both countries are struggling with billion-dollar debts.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Germany, Greek, Greece, Puerto Rico
Chinese shares dropped sharply on Wednesday with the Shanghai Composite Index slipping down to nearly 3,400 points when it opened — the lowest point on that day.

Big stock market trouble in China

Andy Rothman explains why the government should stay out of the economy.
Posted In: China, stock market, decline
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Why not to freak out about the NYSE trading halt

Stocks were still bought and sold. And we'll still do the numbers.
Posted In: NYSE, stocks, glitch
Apple — along with Microsoft — are showing dismal sales.

Apple and Microsoft: A sad week in tech

Kai talks with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson about watches and phones.
Posted In: apple watch, Microsoft, apple
Commuters use the Athens Metro which has been declared free to use during the current Greek crisis.

People of Athens remain calm during debt crisis

The government gives cash-strapped citizens a free ride on subways.
Posted In: Greece, Eurozone, ECB, Greek debt, greekcrisis

Greece crowdfunding campaign fails to reach goal

The campaign didn't quite hit its €1.6 billion target.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greece, Greek, crowdfunding
A KFC branch in Yangon, Myanmar.

Can the new Colonel Sanders save KFC?

KFC's parent company is investing $185 million in the fast-food chain.
Posted In: fast food, KFC, chicken

23andMe believes genetics are the future of health

CEO Anne Wojcicki wants to improve drug therapies by using DNA data.
Posted In: health care, genetics, studies
German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks down the steps following a meeting with French President François Hollande at the Elysee Palace on Monday in Paris. Hollande and Merkel said the door was open for a return to debt negotiations with Greece, but called

Germany's reactions to Greek referendum

Those in Frankfurt express sympathy for Greek people, but 'enough is enough.'
Posted In: Germany, Greece, greekcrisis

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