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

Weekly Wrap: Hillary Clinton, mergers and commodities

Catherine Rampell and Cardiff Garcia join us to recap the week in business and finance.
Posted In: hillary clinton, commodities, mergers

Converse unveils a revamp of the classic Chuck Taylors

And this time, your feet will appreciate them.
Posted In: Converse, shoes, Nike
A team from France takes part in a qualifying match at the 2015 Call of Duty European Championships on March 1 in London. The event sees 28 teams from across Europe and the Middle East compete in order to qualify for the 2015 Call of Duty world finals in

Gamers' new challenge: a urine sample

Super Smash Bros. is way more serious than we thought.
Posted In: video games, Sports, drug testing
A still of Christian Grey played by Jamie Dornan in the film "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Soundtracks have a life beyond the movies

Gerrick Kennedy says soundtracks are gaining significance after the movie is over.
Posted In: movies, Soundtracks, fifty shades of grey, musicians
An Uber vehicle is shown in New York City.

New York City gives up in Uber cap dispute

Bill de Blasio's administration has blinked.
Posted In: Uber, Bill de Blasio, New York City
Students' peers head lessons in the Practice Makes Perfect program.

Practice makes perfect for summer learning

One company is trying to eliminate summer learning loss for low-income kids.
Posted In: Practice Makes Perfect, learning, summer
People outside the Greek parliament on Tuesday.

Greeks see 'same culture' in new financial measures

Tonia Korka does not believe that the new measures will improve the Greek economy.
Posted In: Greece, greekcrisis, Greeks, optimism
In a driving experiment, two hackers were able to remotely control a Jeep Cherokee.

Imagine your car being hacked...while you're driving it

A new bill wants to protect you from this scenario.
Posted In: cars, auto industry, hackers

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