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

Smile! We're analyzing how you're feeling using videos

Affectiva is using video footage to gauge emotional reactions.
Posted In: advertising, technology, video

Etsy's CEO wore all Etsy for the first day of trading

The crafty commerce site ended the day at $30 a share.
Posted In: Etsy, IPO, crafts, Craftsy

China's growing at (just) 7 percent

The world's fastest-growing economy is pumping the brakes.
Posted In: China, GDP, China growth, economic growth

Diamonds: pricey, but not valuable

"Freakonomics" author Stephen Dubner explains what keeps diamonds valuable.
Posted In: freakonomics, diamonds, jewelry
Heavy snow has affected restaurant revenues in Boston.

Fun facts from the Beige Book

The Federal Reserve released its eight-times-a-year regional look at the American economy.
Posted In: Beige Book, Federal Reserve
Equal Pay Day serves as a reminder of the wage gap that exists between men and women.

A look at the gender wage gap across the US

Data show varying levels of pay disparity between men and women across the U.S.
Posted In: pay gap, gender, data

Make more upfront: Viacom, Turner discuss new ad model

As TV networks pitch ad buyers, a new model could upset stalwart Nielsen ratings.
Posted In: television, advertising, nielsen, upfronts

Under Armour wins big at the Masters

Jordan Spieth signed a 10-year endorsement deal with the brand earlier this year.
Posted In: Sports, Golf, endorsements, under armour

Seth Meyers is getting the hang of his new gig

A year into hosting Late Night, Seth Meyers on what's next for the show.
Posted In: late night talk shows, seth meyers

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