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 twice – once 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

The NFL will end its non-profit tax-exempt status.

NFL gives up tax-exempt status

A little more money for the government, less transparency about executive pay.
Posted In: business of sports, national football league, NFL, tax exempt
Nepalese rescue personnel and volunteers observe damaged buildings in Bhaktapur, Nepal, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country.

On the ground from Kathmandu, Nepal

Aid workers face challenges after a devastating quake.
Posted In: aid, earthquake, Nepal, bbc, water supply
A boat transporting migrants arrives in the port of Messina (Italy) after a rescue operation at sea on April 18, 2015 in Sicily.

Service Info: It's like Yelp...but for refugees

The IRC unveils a Yelp-like service for refugees
Posted In: syria, European Union, refugees
A close-up shot of the eleven-piece place settings of the Obama State China Service which is on display during a press preview of the state dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The White House unveils its new china

That's china, small-c, as in fancy dishes.
The Nasdaq composite index in New York City.

Weekly Wrap: Nasdaq, Greece and Comcast

Kai's weekly chat about the week in business news.
Posted In: Greece, Comcast, Time Warner, NASDAQ
It would take lots and lots of these to print out the Internet.

How much paper would it take to print the Internet?

U.K. college students calculated how much paper it would take to print the Internet.
Posted In: Internet, Wikipedia, printing, paper

CinemaCon: Where Hollywood entices theater owners

The star-studded, news-breaking film industry convention is for insiders only.
Posted In: film, movies, film industry, the hollywood reporter
Floyd Mayweather (L) and Manny Pacquiao pose together at the end of the press conference promoting their upcoming fight on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The business behind the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

Years in the making, the match is set to bring in some serious cash.
Posted In: boxing, Las Vegas, MGM, Sports

Time Warner Cable's CEO could be out $80 million

If the Comcast merger collapses, Robert Marcus will lose a huge exit package.
An up-close look at Airbnb's wall timeline.

Checking in with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky talks about the company's (somewhat unexpected) success.
Posted In: airbnb, start-up, hotels

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