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 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, startup entrepreneurs, small business owners, and everyday participants in the American and global economies. He’s also interviewed the current 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.

Kai’s 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. He 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

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
Uber, worth billions, is considered a "unicorn" company.

Silicon Valley's 'unicorns' may be mythical, too

Billion-dollar startups may be facing trouble ahead.
Posted In: Silicon Valley, start ups, venture capital
Online lodging service Airbnb is receiving criticism for some of the ads it's put up around San Francisco.

Dear Airbnb: Your ads failed.

Social media reaction has been swift.
Posted In: airbnb, ads, library
The issue of a debt limit hike has caused rising tensions in Congress.

The temporary funding patch pattern in Congress

Congress and the president will continue going around and around.
Posted In: President Obama, funding, Congress

Full interview: Charles Koch

We spent an hour with Koch at his office in Wichita. Here's the full conversation.
Posted In: elections, Koch, Koch Industries, Koch brothers, Charles Koch
Subway has announced a settlement over a class-action lawsuit that said the sandwich chain deceptively marketed the length of its sandwiches.

Subway to ensure foot-long subs actually a foot long

The sandwich company's foot-longs have been falling short.
Posted In: subway, Sandwiches, Food

Tesla's Elon Musk: cars, design and those falcon doors

The CEO talks about the future of his electric car company.
Posted In: Elon Musk, tesla, Space X

How a secret meeting on Jekyll Island led to the Fed

Author Lowenstein explains the 'patriotic conspiracy' behind the central bank.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, bank, conspiracies, great depression


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