Kai Ryssdal has been the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy, since 2005. He joined American Public Media in 2001 as the host of Marketplace Morning Report.

Ryssdal began in public radio as a intern, then reporter and finally substitute host for The California Report at KQED-FM in San Francisco. After graduating from Emory University, Ryssdal spent eight years in the United States Navy flying from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and as a Pentagon staff officer. Before his career in public radio, Ryssdal was a member of the United States Foreign Service in Ottawa, Canada and Beijing, China.

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

The invisible labor that keeps Facebook clean

Wired reporter Adrian Chen talks about the push against violence and nude selfies.
Posted In: wired, social media
Decorated toilets are displayed as part of a public art installation to mark World Toilet Day in San Francisco. On average, there are 83 residential toilets for every 100 people nationwide.

A game of (porcelain) thrones

Yes, they actually counted how many toilets exist in your city.
Posted In: toilet, real estate, city planning
An AT&T worker holds up the new Amazon Fire phone at an AT&T store when it went on sale July 25, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Amazon earnings: the experiment (and losses) continue

The everything store with everything but profits.
Posted In: Amazon, earnings report, losses
Catfish on display at the International Boston Seafood Show. Prices for the fish are beginning to level out after a few years.

Catfish business leveling out in rural Alabama

Catfish farmer Townsend Kyser on how the economy feels. Plus, a catfish recipe.
Posted In: your economy, fishing, catfish
Ballet dancer Misty Copeland attends an event with Vogue's Chloe Malle in March in New York City.

Ballerina Misty Copeland counts herself lucky

The American Ballet Theater soloist explains how dance views the numbers.
Posted In: ballet, Misty Copeland, ballerina
Morgan Spurlock, right, in the short film "Cave-o-Nomics," part of his series "We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss."

Morgan Spurlock thinks you're economically illiterate

And the documentary filmmaker is trying to change that.
Posted In: Morgan Spurlock, film, Economy

Social media that doesn't compromise privacy

Kai Ryssdal talks to Jim Dwyer about his new book "More Awesome than Money."

Weekly Wrap: Volatility, always

Kai talks with John Carney and Linette Lopez for the Weekly Wrap.


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