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

 Sheets of one dollar bills run through the printing press at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C.

A look at economic anxiety around the country

Some feel stuck in their current financial situation.
Posted In: anxiety, Economy
An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol building.

Room in Capitol to now be called 'Freedom Foyer'

It's all a part of the budget deal.
Posted In: white house, budget
Fashion Designer Donna Karan walks the runway at the Donna Karan New York 30th Anniversary fashion show during Spring fashion week in New York City in 2014.

Donna Karan on her chaotic life in fashion

Kai Ryssdal talks to fashion icon Donna Karan about her new memoir, 'My Journey.'
Posted In: fashion, Donna Karan, designer clothes

How anxious do you feel about your finances?

We talked to folks around the country about their economic anxiety.
Posted In: poll, anxiety
A quadcopter drone arrives with a small delivery at Deutsche Post headquarters in Germany. Back in the U.S., Wal-Mart has already been testing delivery drones.

Wal-Mart testing drones for delivery

Nothing will go wrong, right? Right?
Posted In: drones, Wal-Mart, delivery services

Economic anxiety is keeping people up at night

DC Bureau Chief Dave Shaw explains the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll results.
Posted In: Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, Anxiety Index, anxiety
Facebook is aiming to bring fresh faces into its work pool.

Facebook is trying to diversify Silicon Valley

The company has started a new program to get underrepresented groups into tech.
Posted In: Facebook, diversity, workplace diversity
Paul Ryan speaks following a meeting of House Republicans in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Weekly Wrap: Paul Ryan, debt limit and interest rates

Sudeep Reddy and Nela Richardson join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week that was.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, debt limit, Paul Ryan, interest rates
Krispy Kremes and children's clinics: a perfect union.

Doughnuts ... is there anything they can't do?

The Krispy Kreme Challenge has donated $2 million to support a children's clinic.
Posted In: donuts, clinics
Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch sits down with Marketplace in his office at Koch Industries headquarters in Wichita, Kansas.

Charles Koch: 'I don't like politics'

The Koch Industries CEO puts his mouth where his money is on politics and business.
Posted In: Charles Koch, Koch brothers, Koch Industries, David Koch


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