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

Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks to members of the media as she comes out from the U.S. Supreme Court after oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC.

King v. Burwell: Oral arguments on Obamacare

Tuesday marked a big day for the Affordable Care Act
Posted In: health care, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Supreme Court
Macroeconomics can sometimes be humorous.

The Fed's 2009 transcripts show 299 'instances of laughter'

The Federal Reserve released their 2009 transcripts, all 1,648 pages.
Posted In: The Federal Reserve, transcript, Janet Yellen
Author Esther Kaplan documents the pros and cons of big data tracking of employees in the workplace.

The data-driven workplace of the future

Your boss might be monitoring every keystroke you make.
Posted In: big data, telemetrics, UPS, America at Work, Kronos
Progress is hard to come by in Congress.

The DHS gets funded ... for now

Meanwhile, a showdown over debt could be looming.
Posted In: Congress, DHS, CBO, debt

Silicon Valley's diversity issues highlighted in trial

Ellen Pao is suing Kleiner Perkins for gender discrimination and retaliation
Posted In: gender inequality, Silicon Valley, lawsuit, discrimination

Spirit Air: slashing prices at 30,000 feet

CEO Ben Baldanza talks about his airline's cheaper, stripped-down experience
Posted In: Spirit Airlines, airport, baggage fees
Cisco CEO John Chambers, one of the many, many CEOs named John.

Among CEOs, women are outnumbered by men named John

On the S&P, there are four Johns, Roberts Williams or Jameses for every female CEO
Posted In: gender equality, ceo, data
House Speaker John Boehner

John Boehner doesn't enjoy congressmen wearing jeans

During a dress code reminder the Speaker told lawmakers, "You know who you are."
Posted In: jeans, Congress, John Boehner

Why can't YouTube turn a profit?

It's all but the default for online video, but that means no margins.
Posted In: YouTube, music streaming

Pebble Time breaks Kickstarter's record

Pebble is a major player in the smart watch market...and it's not afraid of Apple
Posted In: Smart Watch, wearable tech, pebble watch, the Pebble

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