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

Elon Musk's evolution, from sci-fi dreams to Space X

Musk's biographer on the entrepreneur's upbringing, career and innovation.
Posted In: tesla, spacex, Tech, Elon Musk
Many macroeconomic models don't consider the irrational side of human behavior.

How human behavior impacts the economy

Richard H. Thaler explores the human side of economics in his latest book.
Posted In: macreconomics, human behavior, finance
An Amtrak passenger waits for his train at Penn Station in New York City.

Most Amtrak long-distance routes are unprofitable

New York to Washington is the lone bright spot of profitable service.
Posted In: Amtrak, railroads, profits
Journalist Kate Betts moved to Paris in 1986.

My Paris Dream: A fashion journalist on style and slang

A fashion journalist on what she learned in Paris.
Posted In: fashion, paris, journalism

What's AOL, really?

Let's look back at how CEO Tim Armstrong described the company in 2012.
Posted In: aol, Verizon, CEOs
The AOL logo is posted on a sign in front of the AOL Inc. offices.

Verizon is buying AOL. What now? Let us explain.

It might sound crazy, but it's all about mobile video ads.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, aol, Verizon
U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal smiles while speaking during his retirement ceremony at Fort McNair on July 23, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal on what makes a good leader

The retired general has some suggestions for American businesses.
Posted In: Iraq, U.S. Army, technology
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said this week that stock values are "quite high."

Weekly Wrap: Grexit and Brexit, jobs report and stock values

John Carney and Nela Richardson join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week in business and finance.
Posted In: Grexit, jobs report, stocks

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