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

Meet the pen Obama uses to sign bills

A.T. Cross supplies all of the official White House pens.
Posted In: President Obama, Obamacare, handwriting

Nielsen answers Netflix data mystery

Nielsen plans to release audience data for streaming television.
Posted In: netflix, Amazon Prime, public broadcasting, ratings, nielsen

‘Corporate sponsored art’ isn’t as bad as it sounds

Writers and artists are finding financial support from Corporate America.
Posted In: art, corporate residencies, Facebook, Autodesk, Amtrak
US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his wife Heidi wave to the crowd after he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to run for US president March 23, 2015 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Ted Cruz is Obamacare's latest customer

With his wife on leave, the family had lost its health care.
Posted In: Ted Cruz, Obamacare, presidential campaign
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras depart after speaking to the media following talks at the Chancellery on March 23, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Greece: Time and money is running out

Five years into it, the Greek debt crisis drags on.
Posted In: Greece, Germany, greek bailout
Groundkeeper David Mellor Manager chats with Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees (L) before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

Meet the guardian of Fenway Park

Keeping the historic ballpark in good shape can be a tough job
Posted In: Fenway Park, baseball, groundskeepers
A bronze statue of a bull fighting with a bear is displayed at the Museum of American Finance on Wall St. in New York City

America's next financial crisis?

Author Michael Lewis talks about high-frequency trading, a year after "Flash Boys"
Posted In: high frequency trading, Books, Michael Lewis, Wall Street
NFL looks to suspend blackout rule and move to online broadcasting.

Big changes on the way to the NFL

No blackouts and at least one game streamed online.
Posted In: NFL, blackout rule, streaming
Arianna Huffington's new book shares the message of sleep and it's importance to success.

Arianna Huffington wants you to sleep more

Media Guru Arianna Huffington touts the importance of sleep in her latest book
Posted In: Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post, sleep
The numerical value of Pi appears on a sheet of graph paper.

It's pi day ... with a twist

MIT's admissions notifications are going out at a thoroughly appropriate hour.
Posted In: Massachusetts, Admissions, Pi Day

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