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.  

 

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Features by Kai Ryssdal

Taco Bell to go au naturale

The fast-food chain says it will be removing artificial flavoring and colors from its menu items.
Posted In: Taco Bell, menu, fast food, natural food
Stefen Wisniewski of the Oakland Raiders gets ready to hike the ball against the Arizona Cardinals in October 2014 in Oakland, California. The city of Carson announced that Goldman Sachs may financially back a stadium that could be shared by the Oakland R

Football, brought to you by Goldman Sachs

The company has secured money for 30 stadiums over the years.
Posted In: football, Goldman Sachs, stadiums

Texas floods have business owners singing the blues

One business owner shares her story.
Posted In: texas, floods, businesses
Snake person Ellie Goulding poses for a selfie with fans at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.

Chrome extension turns word 'millennials' into 'snake people'

You can now save your eyes from the dreaded term "millennials."
Posted In: Chrome, millennials, snakes
Author Chuck Palahniuk at a reading in 2009 in New York City.

Shhh ... we're talking about Fight Club

We're breaking the rules to talk about the sequel to Fight Club.
Posted In: authors, marketing, comic books
Tsingtao beer is the second best-selling beer in the world.

China dominates beer sales

You may be surprised by the highest-selling suds in the world.
Posted In: beer, China, Bud Light, Budweiser
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

Weekly Wrap: Inflation, the Federal Reserve and minimum wage

Leigh Gallagher and Sudeep Reddy join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week in business and finance.
Posted In: Janet Yellen, inflation, minimum wage, Weekly Wrap
A General Motors logo is shown at the General Motors Technical Center.

Cars: hardware or software?

General Motors says your own car may not be entirely owned by you.
Posted In: General Motors, software, cars
Marketplace's Ben Johnson takes (virtual) flight using the simulator Birdly.

Taking virtual reality beyond video games

Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson flew over New York and lived to tell us about it
Posted In: simulator, flying, technology

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