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

Chemin Bakery owner Olga Karasthathi has been in business for four years — since the start of the Greek debt crisis.

Sweet treats in the midst of economic fallout

Bakery shop owner Olga Karastathi hasn't seen profit from her business, but she's still optimistic.
Posted In: Greece, greekcrisis, business, bakery
Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal interviews Greek college student Efie Garavela.

College students feel the weight of the Greek crisis

Some Greek are worried about job opportunities amid the crisis.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greece, college

One last moment from our trip to Athens

"Don't forget, [Greece is] more than 4,000 years old."
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greece, Greek

How do you pronounce Greece's favorite food?

It's not quite as contentious as "gif."
Posted In: Food, Greek, Greece, greekcrisis
Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras greets supporters following victory in the election in Athens on January 25, 2015.

Syriza promised hope, but it has yet to come

Party member is unhappy with the deal but stands by Prime Minister Tsipras.
Posted In: Greece, Eurozone, Grexit, syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, athens, greekcrisis
Jewelry store owner Marianne Le Clere Papalexis

Jewelry store is booming amid Greek crisis

The influx of customers at the Athens store is looking for real assets like gold.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greece, athens, syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, Eurozone, jewelry
Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal speaks to Vassilis Anastassopoulos, who works at Bairaktaris Tavern.

Restaurant worker loses hope in Athens

He's given up on his situation, but wants his son to have a better life.
Posted In: Greece, athens, syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, Eurozone, Grexit, restaurant, tourism, greekcrisis
Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal speaks to Corinna Kozala as she waits in line for €60 at the ATM.

ATM lines in Athens are filled with political chatter

A woman waits for cash at a second machine; the first ran out of money.
Posted In: Greece, athens, syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, Eurozone, Grexit, ATM, greekcrisis
A Subway storefront in Las Vegas.

Subway has bigger concerns than dropping its spokesman

It's dropping Jared, but this fast food giant has a lot more to worry about
Posted In: subway, fast food, restaurants

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