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.  



Features by Kai Ryssdal

The secret work life of bees

David Wallace-Wells from New York Magazine discusses the overworked honey bee.
Posted In: honey bee, Agriculture, bee colony collapse, colony collapse
Demonstrators take part in a rally organized by supporters of the "Yes" vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament on Tuesday in Athens, Greece

Londoner crowdfunding cash for Greek bailout

One man is taking it to the people to save Greece.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greek, Greece, bailout

Ballerina Misty Copeland counts herself lucky

From the archives: Our conversation with the history-making dancer.
Posted In: ballet, Misty Copeland, ballerina
Gold demand hit its highest in months.

Europeans take refuge in gold

Greece's financial situation has helped drive up demand.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greece, Greek, gold

Claw machines: The most enjoyable way to get scammed

Kai Ryssdal talks with Phil Edwards from Vox about the money behind those cranes.
Posted In: claw machine, toys, profit
Members of the Greek Communist Party wave flags during an anti-austerity rally at Syntagma Square on Friday in Athens, Greece. The Greek government offered a series of measures this week, including multiple tax increases, to persuade its creditors to rele

Weekly Wrap: GDP and Greece

Catherine Rampell and Felix Salmon join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week in business and finance.
Posted In: greekcrisis, GDP, Greece, Eurozone
We bring you extended interviews with the heads of some of the world's most influential businesses.

A new podcast: Corner Office from Marketplace

Kai Ryssdal takes you inside the room with some of the world's most prominent business leaders.
Posted In: CEOs, kai ryssdal, interview
Co-Founder and CEO of Rent the Runway Jennifer Hyman speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt at the Manhattan Center last month in New York City.

Jen Hyman on Rent the Runway's "dream fulfillment"

Marketplace chats with the brains behind the designer-dress rental company.
Posted In: clothes, designer clothes, rental, CEOs
Twitter Co-founder and Chairman and Square CEO Jack Dorsey speaks onstage at a Vanity Fair summit in San Francisco, California.

Jack Dorsey of Square on what he's learned as CEO

Marketplace catches up with Jack Dorsey on life post-Twitter.
Posted In: Twitter, Square, Jack Dorsey, CEOs


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